Best and Worst Mutual Funds of 2011

By Ben Steverman and Wei Lu - 2011-12-16T23:15:45Z

Photograph by Paul Taggart/Bloomberg

Company Symbol % Change
LKQ Corp LKQ:US -2.37
Weight Watchers International Inc WTW:US 0.69
VCA Antech Inc WOOF:US 0.98
Waste Connections Inc WCN:US 1.61
Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc VRX:CN 1.34
United Continental Holdings Inc UAL:US 4.67
TJX Cos Inc/The TJX:US 0.60
AT&T Inc T:US 1.18
Sears Holdings Corp SHLD:US 0.09
SBA Communications Corp SBAC:US 2.16
EchoStar Corp SATS:US 0.02
Perrigo Co PLC PRGO:US 1.75
Priceline Group Inc/The PCLN:US 3.63
VeriFone Systems Inc PAY:US 3.75
OM Group Inc OMG:US 0.32
National Oilwell Varco Inc NOV:US 0.72
MasterCard Inc MA:US 2.47
Lorillard Inc LO:US 1.04
KKR Financial Holdings LLC KFN:US 4.99
Kaiser Aluminum Corp KALU:US 0.11
International Rectifier Corp IRF:US 0.73
Hexcel Corp HXL:US 2.43
H&R Block Inc HRB:US 0.60
HMS Holdings Corp HMSY:US -0.87
Herbalife Ltd HLF:US 0.80
GP Strategies Corp GPX:US 3.08
Finisar Corp FNSR:US 3.90
DISH Network Corp DISH:US 2.22
Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp CTSH:US 1.82
Cepheid Inc CPHD:US 3.14
Cooper Cos Inc/The COO:US 1.98
Clicksoftware Technologies Ltd CKSW:US 0.64
Brightpoint Inc CELL:US
Cubist Pharmaceuticals Inc CBST:US 1.17
Bristol-Myers Squibb Co BMY:US 1.95
BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc BMRN:US 5.43
BioScrip Inc BIOS:US 3.75
Apollo Education Group Inc APOL:US 1.59
Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc ALXN:US 2.50
Assured Guaranty Ltd AGO:US 1.01
Alliance Data Systems Corp ADS:US 2.61
Whole Foods Market Inc WFM:US -0.77
Wells Fargo & Co WFC:US 0.64
Verizon Communications Inc VZ:US 0.38
Teleflex Inc TFX:US -0.21
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd TEVA:IT -0.06
Merck & Co Inc MRK:US 0.37
JPMorgan Chase & Co JPM:US 0.84
Ford Motor Co F:US 1.45
eBay Inc EBAY:US 1.47
Berkshire Hathaway Inc BRK/A:US 1.76
Bank of America Corp BAC:US -1.59
American International Group Inc AIG:US 1.10
Apple Inc AAPL:US 0.20
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Royce Opportunity Fund

Style/Ticker: Value, RYPNX

Managers: Boniface Zaino and Bill Hench

Total return 2011: -14.5 percent

Assets: $1.6 billion

Top three holdings as of Sept. 30, with 2011 total return:

Kaiser Aluminum Corp. (KALU), -6.4 percent

OM Group (OMG), -41 percent

Hexcel Corp. (HXL), +34 percent

(Pictured: Aluminum stacked for shipping.)