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Financial Funds Rally on Banks' Results

Best-Performing Financial Funds for the Week Ending Thursday
Fund Ticker Rating Fund Type 1 Week Total Return
First Trust Financial AlphaDEX Fund FXO E+ ETF 8.6%
PowerShares FTSE RAFI Financials Sector Portfolio PRFF D ETF 8.3%
Diamond Hill Financial Trends Fund Inc DHFT C- Closed-End 7.4%
ProShares Ultra Financials UYG D- ETF 5.5%
Fidelity Select Brokerage & Investment Mgmt Portfolio FSLBX E+ Open-End 5.3%
RevenueShares Financials Sector Fund RWW U ETF 5.2%
Rydex S&P Equal Weight Financial ETF RYF D+ ETF 5.0%
ProFunds Banks UltraSector ProFund BKPIX E- Open-End 5.0%
PowerShares Financial Preferred Portfolio PGF D+ ETF 4.6%
AIM Financial Services Fund FSFSX E Open-End 4.6%
Fidelity Advisor Financial Services Fund FAFSX E Open-End 4.4%
Fidelity Select Financial Services Portfolio FIDSX E+ Open-End 4.2%
Rydex 2X S&P Select Sector Financial ETF RFL U ETF 4.2%
Direxionshares Financial Bull 3X Shares FAS U ETF 3.8%
Hartford Global Financial Services Fund/The HGFAX D- Open-End 3.3%
Jennison Financial Services Fund PUFBX B- Open-End 3.3%
Diamond Hill Financial Long-Short Fund BANCX E Open-End 3.2%
Financial Select Sector SPDR Fund XLF D+ ETF 3.2%
Manning & Napier Financial Services Series Fund EXFSX U Open-End 3.1%
Alpine Dynamic Financial Services Fund ADFSX E+ Open-End 3.1%
iShares Dow Jones US Regional Banks Index Fund IAT D+ ETF 3.0%
ProFunds Financials UltraSector ProFund FNPIX E- Open-End 3.0%
WisdomTree International Financial Sector Fund DRF D+ ETF 2.9%
Senbanc Fund SENBX E- Open-End 2.9%
Source: Bloomberg & Ratings

Stress-test results to be reported on May 5 are designed to add confidence to the banking system. This should increase bullish sentiment for the sector going forward.

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Kevin Baker became the senior financial analyst for TSC Ratings upon the August 2006 acquisition of Weiss Ratings by, covering mutual funds. He joined the Weiss Group in 1997 as a banking and brokerage analyst. In 1999, he created the Weiss Group's first ratings to gauge the level of risk in U.S. equities. Baker received a B.S. degree in management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an M.B.A. with a finance specialization from Nova Southeastern University.
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