Best and Worst Mutual Funds of 2011

By Ben Steverman and Wei Lu - 2011-12-16T23:15:45Z

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Company Symbol % Change
LKQ Corp LKQ:US 1.89
Weight Watchers International Inc WTW:US 2.60
VCA Inc WOOF:US 6.01
Whole Foods Market Inc WFM:US 2.03
Waste Connections Inc WCN:US 1.75
Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc VRX:CN 4.07
United Continental Holdings Inc UAL:US 4.69
TJX Cos Inc/The TJX:US 2.47
Teleflex Inc TFX:US 2.00
Sears Holdings Corp SHLD:US -0.49
SBA Communications Corp SBAC:US 1.67
EchoStar Corp SATS:US 2.20
Perrigo Co PLC PRGO:US 1.14
Priceline Group Inc/The PCLN:US 2.71
VeriFone Systems Inc PAY:US 5.05
OM Group Inc OMG:US 0.44
National Oilwell Varco Inc NOV:US 3.34
MasterCard Inc MA:US 2.94
Lorillard Inc LO:US 2.34
KKR Financial Holdings LLC KFN:US
Kaiser Aluminum Corp KALU:US -5.14
Hexcel Corp HXL:US 2.20
HMS Holdings Corp HMSY:US 3.41
Herbalife Ltd HLF:US 12.10
GP Strategies Corp GPX:US 0.24
Finisar Corp FNSR:US 0.06
Ford Motor Co F:US 0.64
DISH Network Corp DISH:US 3.34
Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp CTSH:US 2.43
Cepheid CPHD:US 3.39
Cooper Cos Inc/The COO:US 3.47
ClickSoftware Technologies Ltd CKSW:US -0.14
Brightpoint Inc CELL:US
Cubist Pharmaceuticals Inc CBST:US -1.40
BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc BMRN:US 5.23
BioScrip Inc BIOS:US 5.42
Bank of America Corp BAC:US 2.09
Apollo Education Group Inc APOL:US 4.35
Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc ALXN:US 3.73
American International Group Inc AIG:US 2.23
Assured Guaranty Ltd AGO:US 3.06
Alliance Data Systems Corp ADS:US 2.72
Apple Inc AAPL:US 2.72
Wells Fargo & Co WFC:US 2.58
Verizon Communications Inc VZ:US 0.43
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd TEVA:IT 1.69
AT&T Inc T:US 0.99
Merck & Co Inc MRK:US 2.00
JPMorgan Chase & Co JPM:US 2.30
International Rectifier Corp IRF:US 0.33
H&R Block Inc HRB:US 0.93
eBay Inc EBAY:US 3.37
Berkshire Hathaway Inc BRK/A:US 1.20
Bristol-Myers Squibb Co BMY:US 2.75
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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.