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Zacks #1 Ranked Energy Mutual Funds

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With every passing year, the world’s appetite for energy continues to increase steadily. Governments and corporations alike are therefore constantly on the lookout for new energy sources or more efficient technology in this domain. For fast growing economies such as China and India, the situation is even more acute. Thus, prices of these invaluable resources are surging and investors could benefit from the situation by investing in the energy industry. Energy mutual funds are a superior option for forays into the industry as they reduce risks involved by holding widely diversified portfolios.

Below we will share with you 5 top rated energy mutual funds.  Each has earned a Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) as we expect these mutual funds to outperform their peers in the future.  To view the Zacks Rank and past performance of all energy funds, investors can click here to see the complete list of funds.

BlackRock All-Cap Energy & Resources Investor A (BACAX) seeks long-term capital appreciation. The fund invests a large share of its assets in equity securities of domestic and foreign energy and natural resource companies. It invests in around 25 to 30 securities at any point in time. This energy mutual fund is non-diversified and has a three year annualized return of 20.12%.

The energy mutual fund has a minimum initial investment of $1,000 and an expense ratio of 1.34% compared to a category average of 1.62%.

ProFunds Oil Equipment Services & Distribution (OEPIX) invests the majority of its assets in equity securities or derivatives whose daily return corresponds to that of the Dow Jones U.S. Oil Equipment, Services & Distribution index. The energy mutual fund has a three year annualized return of 31.49%.

The fund manager is Hratch Najarian and he has managed this energy mutual fund since 2011.

T. Rowe Price New Era (PRNEX) seeks both capital appreciation over the long term. At least two-thirds of the funds assets are invested in natural resource companies which could benefit from rising inflation. It also invests in companies outside the sector with strong earnings potential. The energy mutual fund has a three year annualized return of 18.45%.

As of December 2011, this energy mutual fund held 103 issues, with 4.64% of its total assets invested in Schlumberger NV.

Calvert Global Alternative Energy A (CGAEX) invests a large share of its assets in domestic and foreign companies from the alternative energy sector. The fund focuses on acquiring common stocks of small and mid-cap companies.  The energy mutual fund has a three year annualized return of - -9.31%.

The energy mutual fund has a minimum initial investment of $2,000 and an expense ratio of 1.85% compared to a category average of 1.62%.

Putnam Global Natural Resources A (EBERX) seeks capital growth. The fund primarily invests in common stocks of energy and natural resources companies across the world. It focuses on investing in large and mid-cap companies. The energy mutual fund has a three year annualized return of 19.55%.

The fund manager is Steven Curbow and he has managed this energy mutual fund since 2008.

To view the Zacks Rank and past performance of all energy mutual funds, investors can click here to see the complete list of funds.

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