On the heels of a similar warning earlier this month from Valley Forge, Pa., fund giant Vanguard Group, the nation's financial planners and analysts say they're advising clients to stay out avoid the energy patch at all costs.

Energy sector mutual funds have enjoyed spectacular gains this year, as natural resources funds, the biggest element of which is energy, are up by 34%; and have taken in scads of money, about $9.5 billion in cash this year through August, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal. Damage from hurricanes Katrina and Rita are pushing fuel prices even higher, so additional gains could be witnessed in September.

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