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Best and Worst ETFs of 2011

By Ben Steverman - 2011-12-20T03:31:39Z

Photograph by Ramin Talaie/Bloomberg

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Vanguard Consumer Staples ETF

Total return: 10.5%

Fund company: Vanguard Group

Industry focus: Consumer staples

Fund ticker/Total assets: VDC, $855 million

Top holdings, with 2011 total return:

Procter & Gamble (PG), +3.8%

Coca-Cola (KO), +3.8%

Philip Morris International (PM), +33%

Alec Young, S&P Capital IQ global equity strategist, cited the consumer staples sector's 3.1 percent dividend yield as a reason for its appeal. "Investors will continue to want to be 'paid to wait' until the macroeconomic climate improves," he wrote on Nov. 22.