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Best and Worst Stocks of 2011

By Ben Steverman - 2011-12-14T19:18:53Z

Photograph by Scott Eells/Bloomberg

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The Worst Stocks of 2011

When world financial markets ran into trouble in August -- problems sparked by concerns about European debt and Standard & Poor's downgrade of U.S. government debt -- the stocks of many financial services companies took it on the chin. From Aug. 1 to Oct. 3, the financial stocks in the S&P 500 dropped 23.5 percent. Other parts of the market, including the airline industry and materials companies, saw poor results for other reasons.

The following are the S&P 500's 10 worst stocks of 2011, as measured by their total year-to-date return, including dividends, as of Dec. 2.