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Best and Worst Stocks of 2011

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

Photograph by Ken James/Bloomberg

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14 of 23

First Solar Inc.

Industry: Energy-alternate sources

Total return: -63.3 percent

Solar manufacturers such as First Solar (FSLR) face an increasingly competitive industry. Prices have fallen for solar panels as demand from Europe has slowed and Chinese producers boost output. Three U.S. solar companies, including Solyndra, declared bankruptcy in 2011.