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3 Top-Rated Large-Cap Blend Mutual Funds to Buy Now

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Risk-averse investors interested in both growth and value investing may opt for large-cap blend mutual funds to achieve their objective. While large-cap funds usually provide a safer option than small-cap and mid-cap funds, blend funds provide significant exposure to both growth and value stocks. Blend funds – also called “hybrid funds” – aim value appreciation by capital gains. It owes its origin to a graphical representation of a fund’s equity style box.

Meanwhile, large-cap blend funds have exposure to large-cap stocks, providing long-term performance history and assuring more stability than what mid caps or small caps offer. Generally, companies with market capitalization of more than $10 billion are considered large-cap firms. However, due to their significant international exposure, large-cap companies might be affected by a global downturn.

Below we share with you three top-rated large-cap blend mutual funds. Each has earned a Zacks Mutual Fund Rank #1 (Strong Buy) and is expected to outperform its peers in the future. To view the Zacks Rank and past performance of all large-cap blend mutual funds, investors can click here to see the complete list of large-cap blend funds .

DFA US Large Company (DFUSX - Free Report) seeks total investment return similar to that of the S&P 500 Index. DFUSX invests a minimum of 95% of its assets in securities of companies listed in the S&P 500 Index and tries to maintain a similar company weight. DFUSX may also invest in derivatives including futures contracts and options on futures contracts for adjustment of market exposure. The DFA US Large Company fund has a three-year annualized return of 11.4%.

DFUSX has an expense ratio of only 0.08% compared with the category average of 1.02%.

T. Rowe Price Capital Opportunity (PRCOX - Free Report) invests the major portion of its assets in companies that are listed in the S&P 500 Index. PRCOX is expected to maintain company weights similar to the index. The fund maintains a portfolio of 250–325 stocks. Though PRCOX invests in companies throughout the globe irrespective of market capitalization, it primarily focuses on acquiring common stocks of domestic large-cap firms. The T. Rowe Price Capital Opportunity fund has a three-year annualized return of 11.5%.

As of March 2016, PRCOX held 246 issues, with 3.15% of its assets invested in Apple Inc.

Vanguard Growth & Income Investor (VQNPX - Free Report) seeks stocks that are believed to provide dividend income and have impressive growth prospect and that, as a group, appears likely to provide higher returns than the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index while having similar risk characteristics. VQNPX invests in a diversified group of stocks chosen with the help of quantitative analysis. VQNPX invests a minimum of 65% of its assets in companies included in the index. The Vanguard Growth & Income Investor fund has a three-year annualized return of 11.7%.

VQNPX has an expense ratio of 0.34% as compared to the category average of 1.02%.

To view the Zacks Rank and past performance of all large-cap blend Mutual Funds, investors can click here to see the complete list of funds .

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