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4 Newly Rated Stock Mutual Funds

NEW YORK ( TheStreet Ratings) -- TheStreet.com Ratings initiated coverage of 47 stock mutual funds that accrued a sufficient track record of risk and performance data by the end of April 2012. Four unique stock mutual funds start out in the 'Buy' range.

Seven additional unique funds begin at 'Hold'. 20 stock mutual funds begin at 'Sell' with grades of D+ or worse after underperforming alternative stock mutual fund investments over the past three years on a risk-adjusted return basis.

Here are the four newly rated stock mutual funds ranked at 'Buy':

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4. Virtus Greater European Opportunities Fund I

Virtus Greater European Opportunities Fund I (VGEIX) has an investment objective to seek long-term capital appreciation. The fund may invest substantially all of its assets in common stocks. The fund invests at least 80% assets in equity or equity-linked securities of issuers located in Europe, including issuers in emerging markets countries. The fund intends to diversify its investments among countries and with a portfolio of business that have activities in a number of different countries. The fund uses a bottom-up stock and business analysis approach to select investments.

Expense Ratio: 2.78%

Three Year Total Return: 17.8%

Rated "B+" by TheStreet Ratings:

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3. Virtus Greater Asia ex Japan Opportunities Fund I

Virtus Greater Asia ex Japan Opportunities Fund I (VGAIX) has an investment objective to seek long-term capital appreciation. The fund may invest substantially all of its assets in common stocks. The fund invests at least 80% assets in equity or equity-linked securities of issuers located in Asia, including issuers in emerging markets countries. The fund intends to diversify its investments among countries and with a portfolio of business that have activities in a number of different countries. The fund uses a bottom-up stock and business analysis approach to select investments.

Expense Ratio: 2.82%

Three Year Total Return: 20.6%

Rated "B+" by TheStreet Ratings:

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2. Janus Venture A

Janus Venture A (JVTAX) seeks capital appreciation. The fund pursues its investment objective by investing at least 50% of its equity assets in small-sized companies. The fund may also invest in larger companies with strong growth potential as well as relatively well-known large companies with potential for capital appreciation.

Expense Ratio: 1.01%

Three Year Total Return: 26.8%

Rated "A" by TheStreet Ratings:

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1. JPMorgan Large Cap Growth R5

JPMorgan Large Cap Growth R5 (JLGRX) seeks long term capital appreciation and growth of income. The fund invests mainly in equity securities of large well established companies. The fund invests in companies with a history of above average growth. The fund selects companies based upon such valuation characteristics as price to earnings, price to sales, and price to cash flows as compared to their peers and their expected and historic growth rates. The fund invests at least 80 percent of its assets in the equity securities of large well established companies.
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