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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 0.34
Weight Watchers International Inc WTW:US 0.24
VCA Inc WOOF:US 0.16
Whole Foods Market Inc WFM:US 0.56
Wells Fargo & Co WFC:US -0.09
Waste Connections Inc WCN:US -0.18
Verizon Communications Inc VZ:US -0.24
Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc VRX:CN 0.58
United Continental Holdings Inc UAL:US -1.21
TJX Cos Inc/The TJX:US 1.15
Teleflex Inc TFX:US 0.20
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd TEVA:IT 1.58
AT&T Inc T:US 0.10
Sears Holdings Corp SHLD:US 5.61
SBA Communications Corp SBAC:US -0.38
EchoStar Corp SATS:US 1.11
Perrigo Co PLC PRGO:US 0.13
Priceline Group Inc/The PCLN:US 0.90
VeriFone Systems Inc PAY:US 0.84
OM Group Inc OMG:US
National Oilwell Varco Inc NOV:US -0.60
Merck & Co Inc MRK:US 0.71
MasterCard Inc MA:US -0.09
Lorillard LLC LO:US
Kaiser Aluminum Corp KALU:US 0.88
International Rectifier Corp IRF:US
Hexcel Corp HXL:US 0.32
H&R Block Inc HRB:US 0.96
HMS Holdings Corp HMSY:US 2.00
Herbalife Ltd HLF:US 0.45
GP Strategies Corp GPX:US 0.81
Finisar Corp FNSR:US -0.16
Ford Motor Co F:US 0.17
eBay Inc EBAY:US -0.76
DISH Network Corp DISH:US 0.02
Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp CTSH:US 0.16
Cepheid CPHD:US 1.08
Cooper Cos Inc/The COO:US 0.62
ClickSoftware Technologies Ltd CKSW:US
Brightpoint Inc CELL:US
Cubist Pharmaceuticals Inc CBST:US
Berkshire Hathaway Inc BRK/A:US -0.14
Bristol-Myers Squibb Co BMY:US -0.04
BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc BMRN:US -1.12
BioScrip Inc BIOS:US 1.00
Bank of America Corp BAC:US -0.17
Apollo Education Group Inc APOL:US -3.07
Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc ALXN:US 2.27
American International Group Inc AIG:US -0.19
Assured Guaranty Ltd AGO:US -1.25
Alliance Data Systems Corp ADS:US 0.61
JPMorgan Chase & Co JPM:US 0.08
Apple Inc AAPL:US -0.56
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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.