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Putnam Investments

will launch the

Putnam Technology

fund on July 17, according to a company statement Thursday. Last year, the average tech fund rose more than 100%, but this year the category is averaging a modest 1.7% gain. The move indicates Putnam's bullishness on the broad, mercurial sector and its belief that investors haven't given up either.

The broker-sold fund, which

previewed June 1, will invest in computer, software, semiconductor, electronics, telecommunications and biotechnology stocks of any size, according to the fund's regulatory filing and the company's statement.

Although Putnam has several tech-heavy growth funds, like the recently launched


Putnam New Century Growth fund, this is its first pure technology sector fund.

The fund will be run by David Santos, Paul Marrkand and Saba Malak, who joined the firm in 1986, 1987 and 1997, respectively. Santos and Marrkand have recently joined the management teams of other Putnam growth funds, while Malak has worked as a technology analyst.

The fund has been quietly managed since June 14 and is only open to Putnam employees until its July 17 launch. The fund's Class A and Class M shares will levy a 5.75% and 3.5% front-end load or sales charge, respectively. Class B and Class C shares charge a 5% and 1% back-end load, respectively.

The funds myriad share classes' annual expenses range from 1.61% to 2.36%. The average tech fund's expense ratio is 1.66%.

Dreyfus Looks for Future Leaders


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, which will troll the small-cap waters looking for future industry leaders.

The fund will hold stocks from a broad range of industries, zeroing in on small-caps, typically defined as companies whose market capitalizations are below $1.5 billion. Paul Kandel and Hilary Woods will hold the reins. The pair have had success running the small-cap


Emerging Leaders and mid-cap

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New Leaders funds since 1996.

Class A and Class T shares carry front-end loads, or sales charges, of 5.75% and 4.5%, respectively. Class B and Class C shares have a 4% and 1% back-end load, respectively.

The fund's annual expenses range from 1.4% to 2.15%. The average small-cap fund's expenses are 1.45%, according to




Fund Openings, Closings, Manager Moves from earlier Thursday.

See Wednesday's

Fund Openings, Closings, Manager Moves.