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 -0.10
Weight Watchers International Inc WTW:US -0.88
VCA Inc WOOF:US 0.41
Waste Connections Inc WCN:US -0.98
Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc VRX:CN 1.18
TJX Cos Inc/The TJX:US 0.32
Teleflex Inc TFX:US 0.86
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd TEVA:IT 0.68
Sears Holdings Corp SHLD:US -0.38
SBA Communications Corp SBAC:US 1.06
EchoStar Corp SATS:US 0.87
Perrigo Co PLC PRGO:US 0.15
VeriFone Systems Inc PAY:US -1.98
OM Group Inc OMG:US 0.37
National Oilwell Varco Inc NOV:US 2.02
MasterCard Inc MA:US 0.14
Lorillard Inc LO:US 0.63
KKR Financial Holdings LLC KFN:US
Kaiser Aluminum Corp KALU:US -0.03
Hexcel Corp HXL:US 1.09
H&R Block Inc HRB:US 0.94
HMS Holdings Corp HMSY:US -0.48
Herbalife Ltd HLF:US 2.28
GP Strategies Corp GPX:US -0.23
Finisar Corp FNSR:US -0.46
DISH Network Corp DISH:US 2.05
Cepheid CPHD:US 1.40
Cooper Cos Inc/The COO:US -0.14
ClickSoftware Technologies Ltd CKSW:US -0.53
Brightpoint Inc CELL:US
Cubist Pharmaceuticals Inc CBST:US 0.31
BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc BMRN:US 1.66
BioScrip Inc BIOS:US 1.65
American International Group Inc AIG:US 0.26
Assured Guaranty Ltd AGO:US 0.92
Alliance Data Systems Corp ADS:US 0.09
Whole Foods Market Inc WFM:US 1.13
Wells Fargo & Co WFC:US 0.62
Verizon Communications Inc VZ:US 0.04
United Continental Holdings Inc UAL:US -1.88
AT&T Inc T:US 0.00
Priceline Group Inc/The PCLN:US -0.21
Merck & Co Inc MRK:US 0.47
JPMorgan Chase & Co JPM:US 0.55
International Rectifier Corp IRF:US -0.18
Ford Motor Co F:US -0.19
eBay Inc EBAY:US -0.22
Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp CTSH:US 2.51
Berkshire Hathaway Inc BRK/A:US 0.77
Bristol-Myers Squibb Co BMY:US 0.32
Bank of America Corp BAC:US 0.71
Apollo Education Group Inc APOL:US 1.67
Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc ALXN:US -0.79
Apple Inc AAPL:US 0.14
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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.