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Best and Worst Mutual Funds of 2011

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

Photograph by Bram Janssens/Getty Images

Company Symbol % Change
LKQ Corp LKQ:US 0.63
Weight Watchers International Inc WTW:US -7.24
VCA Inc WOOF:US 1.99
Waste Connections Inc WCN:US 0.49
TJX Cos Inc/The TJX:US 1.31
Teleflex Inc TFX:US 0.85
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd TEVA:IT -0.35
Sears Holdings Corp SHLD:US -0.13
SBA Communications Corp SBAC:US 0.26
VeriFone Systems Inc PAY:US 0.57
OM Group Inc OMG:US 4.20
Merck & Co Inc MRK:US 0.16
MasterCard Inc MA:US 1.74
Lorillard Inc LO:US 0.05
Kaiser Aluminum Corp KALU:US 0.54
JPMorgan Chase & Co JPM:US 0.60
International Rectifier Corp IRF:US
Hexcel Corp HXL:US 0.78
H&R Block Inc HRB:US 0.32
HMS Holdings Corp HMSY:US -1.68
GP Strategies Corp GPX:US 1.32
Finisar Corp FNSR:US 1.21
DISH Network Corp DISH:US 0.11
Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp CTSH:US 0.59
Cepheid CPHD:US 0.63
Cooper Cos Inc/The COO:US 0.66
ClickSoftware Technologies Ltd CKSW:US 0.00
Brightpoint Inc CELL:US
Cubist Pharmaceuticals Inc CBST:US
BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc BMRN:US 1.66
Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc ALXN:US 1.72
American International Group Inc AIG:US 0.43
Assured Guaranty Ltd AGO:US -1.21
Alliance Data Systems Corp ADS:US 1.29
Whole Foods Market Inc WFM:US -0.67
Wells Fargo & Co WFC:US 1.30
Verizon Communications Inc VZ:US -0.16
Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc VRX:CN 3.56
United Continental Holdings Inc UAL:US 2.13
AT&T Inc T:US 0.01
EchoStar Corp SATS:US 0.00
Perrigo Co PLC PRGO:US 2.29
Priceline Group Inc/The PCLN:US 1.22
National Oilwell Varco Inc NOV:US 1.87
Herbalife Ltd HLF:US -0.89
Ford Motor Co F:US 1.07
eBay Inc EBAY:US 0.91
Berkshire Hathaway Inc BRK/A:US -0.68
Bristol-Myers Squibb Co BMY:US 2.50
BioScrip Inc BIOS:US -13.99
Bank of America Corp BAC:US 1.33
Apollo Education Group Inc APOL:US 1.08
Apple Inc AAPL:US 0.33
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A Tough Year for Stockpickers

Blame it on volatility, bad news from Europe or plain old poor stock picking -- 2011 was tough on mutual fund managers.

In 2010 almost every professionally managed stock mutual fund provided a positive return, and the average fund handily beat broad stock indexes. That wasn't the case this year, when more than two-thirds of stock mutual funds lost money. Bloomberg Rankings analyzed the performance of more than 500 U.S.-based retail equity mutual funds. Our ranking begins with the best-performing funds, followed by those with the worst showing.

Note: The ranking excludes sector or index funds, as well as those with assets of less than $250 million or a minimum initial investment of $100,000 or more. All performance figures are from the beginning of 2011 through Dec. 2. Top holdings use the most recent data available.