Appleseed mutual fund, at a glance

A look at the Appleseed Fund, a stock mutual fund

Associated Press

Here's a look at the Appleseed Fund, one of the strongest performers in the mid-cap value stock mutual fund category over the latest 5-year period, according to Morningstar. Just two of the hundreds of funds in its peer group have topped its nearly 7 percent average annualized return, in part because of Appleseed's strong results in 2008 and 2009. However, the fund has lagged most of its peers more recently.

TICKER: APPLX

STOCK INVESTMENT CATEGORY: Mid-Cap Value

YEAR-TO-DATE RETURN: 12.3 percent

S&P 500 TOTAL RETURN: 18.2 percent

12-MONTH RETURN: 10.1 percent

S&P 500: 24.4 percent

FUND ASSETS: $237 million

EXPENSE RATIO: 1.24 percent

MINIMUM INITIAL INVESTMENT: $2,500

MANAGERS: Bill Pekin; Rick Singer; Adam Strauss; Joshua Strauss; Ronald Strauss

FUND LAUNCH DATE: December 2006

RECENT TOP 10 HOLDINGS

— Tesco PLC (7.9 percent of portfolio)

— Sprott Physical Gold Trust (7.3 percent)

— Central Gold-Trust (5.5 percent)

— Sealed Air Corp. (4.6 percent)

— Avon Products (4.47 percent)

— SK Telecom (4.46 percent

— Nabors Industries (4.3 percent)

— Mabuchi Motor (3.9 percent)

— Willis Group Holdings (3.7 percent)

— Staples Inc. (3.6 percent)

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Note: Data through Oct 17; portfolio holdings as of Aug. 31

Source: Morningstar

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