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 -2.82
VCA Inc WOOF:US 0.85
Waste Connections Inc WCN:US 1.09
Verizon Communications Inc VZ:US 0.14
Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc VRX:CN 1.50
TJX Cos Inc/The TJX:US 0.85
Teleflex Inc TFX:US 0.57
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd TEVA:IT 2.44
AT&T Inc T:US 0.32
SBA Communications Corp SBAC:US 1.73
EchoStar Corp SATS:US 0.02
Priceline Group Inc/The PCLN:US 0.21
VeriFone Systems Inc PAY:US -0.54
OM Group Inc OMG:US 2.32
National Oilwell Varco Inc NOV:US -2.71
Merck & Co Inc MRK:US 1.98
MasterCard Inc MA:US 9.40
Lorillard Inc LO:US 0.02
KKR Financial Holdings LLC KFN:US
Kaiser Aluminum Corp KALU:US -0.27
JPMorgan Chase & Co JPM:US 0.17
International Rectifier Corp IRF:US 0.08
H&R Block Inc HRB:US 0.32
Herbalife Ltd HLF:US 1.24
GP Strategies Corp GPX:US 5.43
Finisar Corp FNSR:US 0.49
DISH Network Corp DISH:US 0.55
Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp CTSH:US 2.70
Cepheid CPHD:US 2.83
Cooper Cos Inc/The COO:US 0.57
ClickSoftware Technologies Ltd CKSW:US 1.43
Brightpoint Inc CELL:US
Cubist Pharmaceuticals Inc CBST:US 1.61
Berkshire Hathaway Inc BRK/A:US -0.27
BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc BMRN:US 2.23
BioScrip Inc BIOS:US -2.19
Apollo Education Group Inc APOL:US 4.19
Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc ALXN:US 1.28
American International Group Inc AIG:US 1.09
Assured Guaranty Ltd AGO:US 0.18
Alliance Data Systems Corp ADS:US 2.30
Weight Watchers International Inc WTW:US -13.12
Whole Foods Market Inc WFM:US 0.44
Wells Fargo & Co WFC:US 0.56
United Continental Holdings Inc UAL:US -1.00
Sears Holdings Corp SHLD:US -0.68
Perrigo Co PLC PRGO:US 4.08
Hexcel Corp HXL:US 0.79
HMS Holdings Corp HMSY:US 2.00
Ford Motor Co F:US 0.29
eBay Inc EBAY:US 0.43
Bristol-Myers Squibb Co BMY:US 8.90
Bank of America Corp BAC:US 0.24
Apple Inc AAPL:US -0.34
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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.