NEW YORK ( TheStreet Ratings) -- TheStreet.com Ratings ranked 14,478 open-end stock mutual funds offered by 461 different fund families on the basis of risk-adjusted return for our Winter 2011-12 Guide to Stock Mutual Funds. The top 30% of funds with grades of B+ or better are considered to be 'Buys', the middle 40% 'Holds' have grade in the C range, and the lower 30% 'Sells' have grades of D+ or worse. The fund families placing a higher percentage of their funds in the top 30% of our year-end rankings than their peers are considered to be 'Ultra' fund families. Peer groups include fund families with 100 or more rated funds, 40 to 99 rated funds, 10 to 39 rated funds, and 1 to 9 rated funds.
T. Rowe Price Funds, a unit of T. Rowe Price Group ( TROW - Get Report) placed 79 of its 122 rated funds in the top 30% of TheStreet Ratings ranking of open-end stock mutual funds. So, T. Rowe Price wins top 'Ultra' fund family honors among families with 100 or more rated funds. See the list of the top rated T. Rowe Price funds in our Ratings Research Center. The list includes A+ rated funds such as T Rowe Price Cap Appreciation ( PRWCX - Get Report) and T Rowe Price Science and Tech ( PRSCX - Get Report). The runner-up 'Ultra' fund family in the 100 plus group is Vanguard Funds. Vanguard finished the year with 102 of its 215 rated funds in the 'buy' range of B+ or better. See the list of the top rated Vanguard funds in our Ratings Research Center. The list includes A+ rated funds such as Vanguard Consumer Staples Index Adm ( VCSAX - Get Report) and Vanguard Information Technology Index Adm ( VITAX - Get Report).
Of the fund families with less than 10 rated funds, the 'Ultra' fund family winner is Nicholas Funds with all eight of their funds ranked at 'buy' including the A+ rated Nicholas High Income I ( NCINX - Get Report). Luther King Capital Management was in second place with all seven of their rated funds on top including the A- rated LKCM Aquinas Small-Cap Fund ( AQBLX). Third place winner, Weitz Series, finished the year with all five of their rated funds in the top ranks. The Weitz Balanced Fund ( WBALX - Get Report) is rated at A+.