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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 1.74
Weight Watchers International Inc WTW:US -3.05
VCA Inc WOOF:US 1.27
Whole Foods Market Inc WFM:US 0.09
Waste Connections Inc WCN:US -0.14
Verizon Communications Inc VZ:US -0.54
Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc VRX:CN -0.95
TJX Cos Inc/The TJX:US 0.26
AT&T Inc T:US -0.79
Sears Holdings Corp SHLD:US -2.75
SBA Communications Corp SBAC:US -1.08
EchoStar Corp SATS:US -1.21
Perrigo Co PLC PRGO:US -0.96
Priceline Group Inc/The PCLN:US 1.77
VeriFone Systems Inc PAY:US -0.72
OM Group Inc OMG:US -2.20
National Oilwell Varco Inc NOV:US -0.16
Lorillard Inc LO:US -1.69
Kaiser Aluminum Corp KALU:US 0.20
JPMorgan Chase & Co JPM:US -0.52
International Rectifier Corp IRF:US
Hexcel Corp HXL:US 0.60
H&R Block Inc HRB:US 1.01
HMS Holdings Corp HMSY:US -0.51
GP Strategies Corp GPX:US 0.25
Finisar Corp FNSR:US -0.46
eBay Inc EBAY:US 0.49
DISH Network Corp DISH:US 0.04
Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp CTSH:US -0.94
Cepheid CPHD:US 2.07
Cooper Cos Inc/The COO:US -0.17
ClickSoftware Technologies Ltd CKSW:US 0.00
Brightpoint Inc CELL:US
Cubist Pharmaceuticals Inc CBST:US
BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc BMRN:US -2.37
BioScrip Inc BIOS:US 3.73
Bank of America Corp BAC:US -0.35
Apollo Education Group Inc APOL:US -0.58
Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc ALXN:US -3.04
Assured Guaranty Ltd AGO:US 0.58
Alliance Data Systems Corp ADS:US -0.11
Apple Inc AAPL:US -0.85
Wells Fargo & Co WFC:US -0.47
United Continental Holdings Inc UAL:US -1.70
Teleflex Inc TFX:US 0.03
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd TEVA:IT 0.89
Merck & Co Inc MRK:US -0.75
MasterCard Inc MA:US -0.62
Herbalife Ltd HLF:US -0.35
Ford Motor Co F:US 0.43
Berkshire Hathaway Inc BRK/A:US -0.75
Bristol-Myers Squibb Co BMY:US -1.29
American International Group Inc AIG:US 0.44
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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.