Mutual Funds

Average total return, including dividends, in percent for periods ended Thursday, Oct. 3.

Category (No. of funds) Week Yr. to date 12 months Gold Oriented Funds (36 ) +3.17% -4.82 -11.14% Utility Funds (23 ) +1.34 +13.83 +22.13 International Funds (82 ) +1.33 +11.51 +11.00 Fixed Income Funds (605 ) +0.84 +13.01 +16.05 Global Funds (53 ) +0.58 +15.13 +16.23 Equity Income Funds (71 ) +0.16 +18.78 +24.56 Health/Biotechnology Funds (9 ) -0.01 +49.55 +69.45 Balanced Funds (63 ) -0.07 +16.48 +22.46 Natural Resources Funds (21 ) -0.22 +6.10 -0.42 Growth & Income Funds (235 ) -0.48 +19.45 +26.11 Capital Appreciation Funds (136 ) -0.63 +25.80 +32.81 Small Company Growth Funds (100 ) -0.66 +35.63 +46.40 Growth Funds (289 ) -0.75 +23.64 +31.41 Science & Technology Funds (21 ) -1.94 +26.10 +42.86 General stock fund average -0.56 +23.89 +31.45 S&P; 500 index, excluding dividends -0.52 +16.43 +22.96

Source: Lipper Analytical Services Inc.

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