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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 1.17
Weight Watchers International Inc WTW:US -3.51
VCA Inc WOOF:US 0.38
Whole Foods Market Inc WFM:US -0.10
Wells Fargo & Co WFC:US 1.19
Waste Connections Inc WCN:US 0.13
Verizon Communications Inc VZ:US 0.84
Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc VRX:CN 1.69
United Continental Holdings Inc UAL:US -2.49
TJX Cos Inc/The TJX:US 1.89
Teleflex Inc TFX:US 0.61
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd TEVA:IT 0.26
AT&T Inc T:US 0.14
Sears Holdings Corp SHLD:US -0.64
SBA Communications Corp SBAC:US 1.10
EchoStar Corp SATS:US 1.25
Perrigo Co PLC PRGO:US 0.12
Priceline Group Inc/The PCLN:US -0.09
VeriFone Systems Inc PAY:US 0.47
OM Group Inc OMG:US -0.09
National Oilwell Varco Inc NOV:US -2.75
Merck & Co Inc MRK:US 1.18
MasterCard Inc MA:US 1.09
Lorillard LLC LO:US
Kaiser Aluminum Corp KALU:US 0.67
JPMorgan Chase & Co JPM:US 0.46
International Rectifier Corp IRF:US
Hexcel Corp HXL:US 0.94
H&R Block Inc HRB:US 0.37
HMS Holdings Corp HMSY:US -2.45
Herbalife Ltd HLF:US 0.82
GP Strategies Corp GPX:US -0.36
Finisar Corp FNSR:US 0.28
Ford Motor Co F:US -0.13
eBay Inc EBAY:US 0.31
DISH Network Corp DISH:US 1.48
Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp CTSH:US 1.69
Cepheid CPHD:US -0.03
Cooper Cos Inc/The COO:US -1.02
ClickSoftware Technologies Ltd CKSW:US 0.24
Brightpoint Inc CELL:US
Cubist Pharmaceuticals Inc CBST:US
Berkshire Hathaway Inc BRK/A:US 0.74
Bristol-Myers Squibb Co BMY:US 1.70
BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc BMRN:US -0.04
BioScrip Inc BIOS:US -1.65
Bank of America Corp BAC:US 1.18
Apollo Education Group Inc APOL:US -3.34
Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc ALXN:US 1.71
American International Group Inc AIG:US 0.86
Alliance Data Systems Corp ADS:US 0.32
Apple Inc AAPL:US 0.94
Assured Guaranty Ltd AGO:US 1.33
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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.