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Occidental, First Solar Picked by Math Fund

Occidental Petroleum and First Solar, operating on opposite ends of the spectrum, were picked by the math-based Adaptive Allocation Fund.

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Adaptive Allocation Fund

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was one of only a few newly rated funds from Ratings to earn a "buy" rating, as it used mathematical models to pick a pair of companies working on the opposite side of energy production,

Occidental Petroleum

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First Solar

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Adaptive Allocation Fund, formerly known as the Critical Math Fund, says its quantitative investment model aspires to "adapt to any given market environment, conserving capital when risk is deemed high and investing aggressively when risk is considered low."

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government bond funds accounted for 82% of its holdings at the end of February. Adaptive Allocation Fund had a loss of 21% for the 12 months ended Feb. 28, giving it the second-best performance of newly rated funds.

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Overall grades in the "A" and "B" ranges equate with "buy" recommendations. Ratings, recently cited for Best Stock Selection from October 2007 through February 2009 , is an independent research provider that combines fundamental and technical analysis to offer investors tremendous value in volatile times. To see how your portfolio can use this research,

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Richard Widows is a senior financial analyst for Ratings. Prior to joining, Widows was senior product manager for quantitative analytics at Thomson Financial. After receiving an M.B.A. from Santa Clara University in California, his career included development of investment information systems at data firms, including the Lipper division of Reuters. His international experience includes assignments in the U.K. and East Asia.