Best and Worst Stocks of 2011

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

Photograph by Stephen Morton/Bloomberg

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El Paso Corp.

Industry: Pipelines

Total return: 84.2 percent

El Paso (EP) shares rose in January when the company forecast "double digit" earnings growth in 2012. Then, on Oct. 17, shares surged higher still on news that competitor Kinder Morgan (KMI) would buy El Paso for $21.1 billion, 37 percent more than its closing price on Oct. 14.