Top Stocks Week 35, 2014: Research Services & Oil Exploration

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Find top industry stocks of week 35 of 2014. Top stock industries are oil & gas drilling & exploration, research services, etc.

Best Stocks

This post will look into the top performing stocks, industry, and sector. The S&P 500 index has a weekly return of 0.80%. NASDAQ Composite has a weekly return of 0.92%. Dow Jones Industrials Average has a weekly return of 0.63%. The small cap (Russell 2000) has a return of 1.24%.

Best weekly performance of industry stocks of week 35, 2014 (August 25, 2014 – August 31, 2014) are:
    Top Stocks Week 35, 2014: Research Services & Oil Exploration
  1. Photographic Equipment & Supplies - 23.50%
  2. Oil & Gas Drilling & Exploration - 7.90%
  3. Research Services - 7.36%
  4. Healthcare Information Services - 4.83%
  5. Foreign Regional Banks - 4.80%
  6. Jewelry Stores - 4.16%
  7. Biotechnology - 3.87%
  8. Diversified Computer Systems - 3.59%
  9. Meat Products - 3.47%
  10. Water Utilities - 3.18%
  11. Tobacco Products, Other - 3.01%
  12. Toy & Hobby Stores - 3.00%

Top Investment Grade Bond Closed End Funds

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Investment grade bond closed end funds invest mainly in high quality fixed income. These funds may invest in U.S. bonds and foreign bonds depending on the fund’s objective.

Popular Fixed Income Funds

Closed end funds are traded like stocks and ETFs (Exchange Traded Funds). These investment grade bond funds invest in corporate as well as government debts. Some may provide high yield income for investors.
bond funds

The top performing list is sorted based on its year to date performance in 2014. You can find the fund review, performance, expense ratio, dividend yield, fund’s NAV, management, leverage, fund’s sponsor, premium/discount info, etc.

Top investment grade bond closed end funds are:
  1. PIMCO Corporate & Income Opportunity (PTY) – 14.34%
  2. Guggenheim Credit Allocation Fund (GGM) – 12.51%
  3. PIMCO Corporate & Income Strategy (PCN) – 12.41%
  4. Invesco Bond Fund (VBF)
  5. JH Investors Trust (JHI)
  6. MS Income Securities (ICB)
  7. Cutwater Select Income Fund (CSI)
  8. Western Asset IG Defined Opp (IGI)
  9. Western Asset Global Corp Defined Opp (GDO)
  10. BlackRock Credit Allocation Income (BTZ)

Best Real Estate ETFs 2014

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Real estate ETFs (Exchange Traded Funds) are investing mainly in real estate companies including REITs (Real Estate Investment Trusts). These stock ETFs may provide high yield of income for investors.

Best REIT Exchange Traded Funds

Real estate funds use their assets to purchase real estate investment trusts (REITs), which invest in and own commercial real estate properties. Generally, a REIT offers a high yield because it's required to distribute a large amount of its taxable income to its shareholders in the form of a dividend.

These top real estate ETFs in 2014 are sorted based on its year to date performance in 2014. You can find the fund details and review below. Some of these ETFs can be bought for free from variety of brokerages such as Fidelity, Schwab, TD Ameritrade, and Vanguard.

Best real estate ETFs 2014 are:
    real estate
  1. iShares Residential Real Estate Capped ETF (REZ) – 24.27%
  2. iShares Cohen & Steers REIT (ICF) – 22.24%
  3. Schwab US REIT ETF (SCHH) – 21.1%
  4. SPDR Dow Jones REIT ETF (RWR) – 20.93%
  5. Vanguard REIT ETF (VNQ) - 20.77%
  6. Wilshire US REIT ETF (WREI)
  7. PowerShares Active US Real Estate ETF (PSR)
  8. iShares Real Estate 50 (FTY)
  9. First Trust S&P REIT ETF (FRI)
  10. iShares US Real Estate ETF (IYR)

Top Stocks Week 34, 2014: Department Stores

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Find top industry stocks of week 34 of 2014. Top stock industries are department stores, home improvement stores.

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This post will look into the top performing stocks, industry, and sector. The S&P 500 index has a weekly return of 1.75%. NASDAQ Composite has a weekly return of 1.65%. Dow Jones Industrials Average has a weekly return of 2.10%. The small cap (Russell 2000) has a return of 1.65%.

Best weekly performance of industry stocks of week 34, 2014 (August 18, 2014 – August 24, 2014) are:
    Top Stocks Week 34, 2014: Department Stores
  1. Toy & Hobby Stores – 17.11%
  2. Internet Service Providers – 11.53%
  3. Department Stores – 8.31%
  4. Home Improvement Stores – 7.61%
  5. Electronics Stores
  6. Property Management
  7. Office Supplies

Top Performing Large Growth Mutual Funds 2014

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Large growth mutual funds invest mainly in large U.S. companies with high growth potentials. These funds provide little yield or income.

Best Performing Funds

From this best performing funds list, you may find each individual fund review. You can find the fund performance, expense ratio, and yield or dividend from the table below. If you are interested in large growth ETFs, you can check my previous article. The list is sorted based on its year to date return up to August 25, 2014.

Top performing large growth mutual funds 2014 are:
    Top Performing Large Growth Mutual Funds 2014
  1. Sterling Capital Special Opportunities Equity Fund (BOPAX)
  2. Biondo Focus Fund (BFONX)
  3. ClearBridge Aggressive Growth Fund (SHRAX)
  4. USAA NASDAQ-100 Index Fund (USNQX)
  5. Rydex Series Trust Nasdaq-100 Strategy Fund (RYOCX)
  6. Vanguard PRIMECAP Fund (VPMCX)
  7. Vanguard PRIMECAP Core Fund (VPCCX)
  8. ProFunds NASDAQ-100 Fund (OTPIX)
  9. Vanguard Capital Opportunity Fund (VHCAX)
  10. PNC Large Cap Growth Fund (PEWAX)
  11. Fidelity Independence Fund (FDFFX)
  12. Manning & Napier Tax Managed Series Fund (EXTAX)

Best ETFs (Exchange Traded Funds)

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MEPB Financial Exchange Traded Fund Review provides a diverse selection from variety of investment and financial analysis from more than 4,500 exchange traded funds. We review rankings from Morningstar, Lipper, Zacks, TheStreet.com, U.S. News, and Standard & Poor’s. You can learn from our methodology from variety of our previous articles.

Most Popular Exchange Traded Fund Rankings

Large Growth

    Best ETFs
  • PowerShares QQQ ETF (QQQ) - Performance 1 Year: 25.47% Expense Ratio: 0.20%
  • Vanguard Mega Cap Growth ETF (MGK) - Performance 1-Yr: 19.71% Expense Ratio: 0.11%
  • Schwab US Large-Cap Growth ETF (SCHG) - Performance 1-Yr: 19.52% Expense Ratio: 0.07%
  • Guggenheim S&P 500 Pure Growth ETF (RPG) - Performance 1-Yr: 23.89% Expense Ratio: 0.35%
  • iShares Russell Top 200 Growth ETF (IWY) - Performance 1-Yr: 18.79% Expense Ratio: 0.20%
  • SPDR S&P 500 Growth ETF (SPYG) - Performance 1-Yr: 18.29% Expense Ratio: 0.20%

Large Value

  • SPDR Dow Jones Industrial Average ETF (DIA) - Performance 1-Yr: 18.05% Expense Ratio: 0.17%
  • WisdomTree LargeCap Dividend ETF (DLN) - Performance 1-Yr: 14.01% Expense Ratio: 0.28%
  • Schwab US Large-Cap Value ETF (SCHV) - Performance 1-Yr: 12.54% Expense Ratio: 0.07%

Prudential Day One Funds Review

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You probably have seen Prudential Day One Funds advertisement from financial magazine or newspaper. This article will review these Prudential target date mutual funds.

Target Date Funds

If you have a 401k account, you might find target date mutual funds as part of the fund selection. These balanced funds are popular among any investors. You can also invest in individual retirement account (IRA), or regular investment account. If you invest in it, the fund will adjust its assets between stocks & bonds. These funds will adjust their assets based on your retirement year target.

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Biggest Gain Stocks Week 33, 2014: Oil & Gas Pipelines

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Find biggest gain stocks of week 33 of 2014. Top stock industries are oil & gas pipelines.

Best Stocks

This post will look into the top performing stocks, industry, and sector. The S&P 500 index has a weekly return of 1.28%. NASDAQ Composite has a weekly return of 2.15%. Dow Jones Industrials Average has a weekly return of 0.78%. The small cap (Russell 2000) has a return of 0.95%.

Best weekly performance of industry stocks of week 33, 2014 (August 11, 2014 – August 17, 2014) are:
    Biggest Gain Stocks Week 33, 2014
  1. Basic Materials Wholesale
  2. Oil & Gas Pipelines
  3. Internet Service Providers
  4. Major Airlines
  5. Biotechnology
  6. Catalog & Mail Order Houses
  7. Broadcasting - Radio
  8. Semiconductor- Memory Chips

Top Limited Duration Closed End Funds

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Top limited duration closed end funds are Wells Fargo Advantage Multi-Sector Income, Eaton Vance Limited Duration Income.

Fixed Income Funds

Top Limited Duration Closed End FundsLimited duration funds invest mainly in variety of income asset classes with low duration strategy. This bond fund will provide limited interest rate risk and has low average duration of two & five years. This bond funds provide decent yield or distribution for investors.

Using closed end funds, investor can enhance their return or income. You can invest in your retirement account or regular brokerage account. These bond closed end funds (CEFs) can be bought with as little as 1 share like ETF (Exchange Traded Fund) or stock.

Top limited duration closed end funds are:
  1. Wells Fargo Advantage Multi-Sector Income
  2. Eaton Vance Limited Duration Income
  3. Eaton Vance Short Duration Diversified
  4. BlackRock Limited Duration Income

Best Mutual Funds List

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MEPB Financial Mutual Fund Review provides a diverse selection from variety of investment and financial analysis from more than 6,000 mutual funds. We review rankings from Morningstar, Lipper, Zacks, TheStreet.com, U.S. News, and Standard & Poor’s. You can learn from our methodology from variety of our previous articles.

These best mutual funds are selected based on its performance, fee, management, investment style. You can find the fund list below.

Most Popular Mutual Funds Rankings

Short Term Bond

    Best Mutual Funds
  1. Thompson Bond Fund (THOPX) - Performance 1 Year: 4.38% Expense Ratio: 0.74%
  2. Frost Total Return Bond Fund (FATRX) - Performance 1-Yr: 5.96% Expense Ratio: 0.74%
  3. Vanguard Short Term Investment Grade Fund (VFSTX) - Performance 1-Yr: 2.64% Expense Ratio: 0.20%
  4. Metropolitan West Low Duration Bond Fund (MWLDX) - Performance 1-Yr: 2.03% Expense Ratio: 0.57%

Long Term Bond

  1. PIMCO Long Duration Total Return Fund (PLRIX) - Performance 1-Yr: 12.77% Expense Ratio: 0.50%
  2. Vanguard Long-Term Bond Index Fund (VBLTX) - Performance 1-Yr: 12.34% Expense Ratio: 0.20%

Top Municipal Bond ETFs 2014

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Find top municipal bond ETFs 2014. Muni bond funds provide tax free income for investors.

Best Muni Bond Funds

Top Municipal Bond ETFsMunicipal bond funds are investing mainly in tax free municipal bonds issued by various U.S. municipalities such as state of California, state of Texas, Los Angeles city, New York City, and more. The interests are exempt from federal income tax, it may also exempt from state and local tax. You can buy these bond funds from your brokerage such as Vanguard, Fidelity, TD Ameritrade, ETrade, etc.

There are 2 types of municipal bond funds: investment grade muni bond funds, & high yield municipal bond funds. This article will look into top investment grade muni bond ETFs. These bond ETFs are traded like stocks or closed end funds.

These top diversified municipal funds are selected based on its YTD performance in 2014. Unlike mutual fund, these exchange traded funds don’t have a sales load or a transaction fee. You can find the fund review and other fund information below such as the yield, expense ratio, fund manager, top holdings, top sectors, etc.

Top municipal bond ETFs 2014 are:
  1. Market Vectors CEF Municipal Income ETF
  2. Market Vectors-Long Municipal Index ETF
  3. PowerShares National AMT-Free Municipal Bond ETF
  4. db X-trackers Municipal Infrastructure Revenue Bond Fund
  5. Market Vectors-Intermediate Municipal Index ETF
  6. SPDR Barclays Municipal Bond
  7. iShares National AMT-Free Muni Bond ETF
  8. PIMCO Intermediate Municipal Bond Strategy Fund

Best Industry Stocks Week 32, 2014: Home Furnishings & Fixtures

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Find best performing industry stocks of week 32 of 2014. Top stock industries are home furnishings & fixtures, textile industrial, retail, etc.

Best Stocks

Best Industry Stocks Week 32, 2014: Home Furnishings & FixturesThis post will look into the top performing stocks, industry, and sector. Major market indices have been down a lot this week. The S&P 500 index has a weekly return of 0.40%. NASDAQ Composite has a weekly return of 0.42%. Dow Jones Industrials Average has a weekly return of 0.47%. The small cap (Russell 2000) has a return of 1.50%.

Best weekly performance of industry stocks of week 32, 2014 (August 4, 2014 – August 10, 2014) are:
  1. Toy & Hobby Stores – 7.72%
  2. Home Furnishings & Fixtures – 5.83%
  3. Textile Industrial – 5.38%
  4. Recreational Goods, Other – 5.25%
  5. Sporting Goods – 4.37%

Target Date 2031-2035 Mutual Funds: Best Fund

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Find best target date 2031-2035 mutual funds. This target date funds are popular among 401k or individual retirement account (IRA) investors.

Best Target Date Funds

Target Date 2031-2035 Mutual FundsTarget date mutual funds are popular among any investors. Whether you have a 401k plan, individual retirement account (IRA), or regular investment account; you will find the target date mutual funds for your choice. These funds are suitable for passive investors that want to balance between stocks & bonds. These funds will adjust their assets based on your retirement year target.

Target Date 2031-2035 fund provide a diversified exposure to stocks, bonds, and cash for those investors who have a specific date in mind (in this case, the years 2031-2035) for retirement or another goal. The investment risks may include market risk, index tracking risk, investment style risk, etc. These target date mutual funds are also known as lifecycle mutual funds.

These top performer target date mutual funds are sorted based on its 1 year total return. You may find other information such as expense ratio fee, portfolio turnover rate, management or index approach, performance, etc. You can find the fund review and comparison below.

Best Target Date 2031-2035 Mutual Funds 2014 are:
  1. T. Rowe Price Retirement 2035 Fund
  2. American Funds 2035 Target Date Retirement Fund
  3. AllianceBernstein 2035 Retirement Strategy Fund
  4. Vanguard Target Retirement 2035 Fund
  5. TIAA-CREF Lifecycle Index 2035 Fund

Top 6 High Yield Muni Bond Closed End Funds

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Top 6 high yield muni bond closed end funds are Pioneer Municipal High Income Advantage, Nuveen Municipal High Income Opportunity Fund, etc.

High Yield Municipal Bond Funds

Top 6 High Yield Muni Bond Closed End FundsHigh yield municipal bond funds use its assets to purchase lower rated municipal bonds. These bond funds provide tax free high yield income for investors. These funds are suitable for high income investor or retiree who seeks tax free income. These investment funds usually provide the distribution yield regularly (i.e. monthly or quarterly).

These high yield municipal bond funds have higher risk than investment grade municipal bond funds. The investment risks include market risk, interest risk, issuer risk, etc. There are 3 ways to invest in high yield muni funds such as through ETF, CEF, and mutual fund. I will focus on high yield muni closed end fund in this article.

Investing in high yield muni CEF can provide more opportunities for investors to enhance their returns and/or income. You can buy and sell this high yield muni fund using your brokerage hence this fund is traded like stocks. You can invest as little as $5 per share for regular investment account or retirement account. For your 401k account, please check with your fund administrator about this fund.

From this best performing funds list, you may find each individual fund review. You can find the fund performance, expense ratio, and yield or dividend from the table below. The list is sorted based on its year to date performance in 2014 (up to August 2014).

Top 6 high yield muni bond closed end funds are:
  1. Pioneer Municipal High Income Advantage
  2. Nuveen Municipal High Income Opportunity Fund
  3. Pioneer Municipal High Income
  4. MFS High Yield Municipal Trust

Best Industry Stocks Week 31, 2014: Gaming Activities

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Find best performing sector stocks of week 31 of 2014. Top stock industries are gaming activities, manufactured housing, home health care, internet service providers, etc.

Best Stocks

Best Industry Stocks Week 31, 2014: Gaming ActivitiesThis post will look into the top performing stocks, industry, and sector. Major market indices have been down a lot this week. The S&P 500 index has a weekly return of -2.66%. NASDAQ Composite has a weekly return of -2.18%. Dow Jones Industrials Average has a weekly return of -2.74%. The small cap (Russell 2000) has a negative return of -2.59%.

Best weekly performance of industry stocks of week 31, 2014 (July 28, 2014 – August 3, 2014) are:
  1. Gaming Activities – 5.15%
  2. Manufactured Housing – 3.99%
  3. Home Health Care – 3.52%
  4. Internet Service Providers – 3.42%
  5. Office Supplies – 3.31%
  6. Hospitals
  7. Wholesale, Other
  8. Semiconductor Equipment & Materials
  9. Education & Training Services
  10. Department Stores

Best Performing Large Value ETFs 2014

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Best performing large value ETFs 2014 are First Trust Large Cap Value AlphaDEX, WisdomTree LargeCap Value, iShares MSCI USA Value Factor, etc.

Large Value Funds

Best Performing Large Value ETFs 2014The large value fund is part of US stock fund. This large mutual fund utilizes its assets to purchase common stocks of U.S. large companies which are considered undervalue. These undervalued companies are less expensive or growing more slowly than other large-cap companies. Other large cap funds are large blend, and large growth.

You can invest in large value ETFs if you like their liquidity and low cost. Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) can be bought or sold through your online brokerage or stock broker. Some may offer these ETFs for free commission such as Fidelity, Vanguard, Schwab, TD Ameritrade, etc.

The top performing list is sorted based on its past 1 year performance up to July 2014. Investors can find the review and other fund information such as expense ratio, fund manager, yield, turnover rate, sales load, top holdings, top sectors, etc.

Best performing large value ETFs 2014 are:
  1. First Trust Large Cap Value AlphaDEX
  2. WisdomTree LargeCap Value
  3. Forensic Accounting ETF
  4. iShares MSCI USA Value Factor
  5. SPDR S&P 1500 Value Tilt ETF