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 0.24
VCA Inc WOOF:US -0.38
Waste Connections Inc WCN:US 0.06
Verizon Communications Inc VZ:US 0.62
Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc VRX:CN 1.09
United Continental Holdings Inc UAL:US -0.88
TJX Cos Inc/The TJX:US -0.33
Teleflex Inc TFX:US -0.45
AT&T Inc T:US 0.17
SBA Communications Corp SBAC:US 0.01
EchoStar Corp SATS:US -0.69
Perrigo Co PLC PRGO:US 0.61
Priceline Group Inc/The PCLN:US 0.21
VeriFone Systems Inc PAY:US -0.23
OM Group Inc OMG:US -1.98
Merck & Co Inc MRK:US 0.56
Lorillard Inc LO:US -0.22
KKR Financial Holdings LLC KFN:US
Kaiser Aluminum Corp KALU:US 0.05
JPMorgan Chase & Co JPM:US 0.25
International Rectifier Corp IRF:US 0.10
Hexcel Corp HXL:US 0.23
H&R Block Inc HRB:US -0.03
HMS Holdings Corp HMSY:US -1.55
Herbalife Ltd HLF:US -1.07
GP Strategies Corp GPX:US 4.49
Finisar Corp FNSR:US -0.83
DISH Network Corp DISH:US 0.15
Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp CTSH:US 1.74
Cepheid CPHD:US -0.45
Cooper Cos Inc/The COO:US -0.26
ClickSoftware Technologies Ltd CKSW:US 0.25
Brightpoint Inc CELL:US
Cubist Pharmaceuticals Inc CBST:US -0.17
Berkshire Hathaway Inc BRK/A:US 0.11
BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc BMRN:US 0.42
BioScrip Inc BIOS:US 1.16
Apollo Education Group Inc APOL:US 0.55
Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc ALXN:US 0.14
Assured Guaranty Ltd AGO:US -0.49
Alliance Data Systems Corp ADS:US 0.65
Weight Watchers International Inc WTW:US -1.06
Whole Foods Market Inc WFM:US 3.12
Wells Fargo & Co WFC:US 0.87
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd TEVA:IT -0.40
Sears Holdings Corp SHLD:US -1.50
National Oilwell Varco Inc NOV:US 0.05
MasterCard Inc MA:US 0.99
Ford Motor Co F:US -2.25
eBay Inc EBAY:US 6.84
Bristol-Myers Squibb Co BMY:US 0.27
Bank of America Corp BAC:US 0.53
American International Group Inc AIG:US 0.78
Apple Inc AAPL:US 1.25
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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.