3 Strong Buy All-Cap Value Mutual Funds

by: Zacks Funds

Value mutual funds provide excellent choices for investors looking for bargains, i.e., stocks at a discount. Value mutual funds are those that invest in stocks trading at discounts to book value, and have low price-to-earnings ratio and high dividend yields. Value investing is always a popular strategy, and for a good reason. After all, who doesn't want to find stocks that have low P/Es, solid outlooks and decent dividends?

However, not all value funds solely comprise companies that primarily use their earnings to pay dividends. Investors interested in choosing value funds for yield should be sure to check the mutual fund yield. The mutual fund yield is the dividend payment divided by the value of the mutual fund's shares.

Below we share with you three top-rated all-cap value mutual funds. Each has earned a Zacks Mutual Fund Rank #1 (Strong Buy) and is expected to outperform its peers in the future. Investors can click here to see the complete list of all-cap value funds, their Zacks Rank and past performance.

DFA Tax Managed U.S. Marketwide Value II (MUTF:DFMVX) seeks long-term growth of capital. DFMVX invests 100% of its assets in its Master Fund, The Tax-Managed U.S. Marketwide Value Series. The Master fund is expected to invest the lion's share of its assets in companies located in the U.S. DFA Tax-Managed US Marketwide Value II has a three-year annualized return of almost 9.1%.

DFMVX has an expense ratio of 0.22% as compared to the category average of 1.10%.

Pioneer Core Equity Fund A (MUTF:PIOTX) invests the majority of its assets in equity securities of U.S. companies. PIOTX may invest a maximum of 10% of its assets in securities of non-U.S. issuers, which include up to 5% of its assets in securities of emerging economies. The fund may also invest in initial public offerings of equity securities. Pioneer Value A has a three-year annualized return of almost 6.3%.

Craig Sterling is one of the fund managers of PIOTX since last year.

Homestead Funds Value (MUTF:HOVLX) seeks capital appreciation over the long run. HOVLX primarily focuses on acquiring common stocks of undervalued companies with market capitalization higher than or equal to $2 billion. The fund considers factors including earnings valuations and debt ratios to identify undervalued companies. Homestead Value has a three-year annualized return of almost 9.9%.

As of December 2015, HOVLX held 48 issues, with 5.47% of its assets invested in Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (NYSE:BMY).

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