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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
Weight Watchers International Inc WTW:US -2.81
VCA Inc WOOF:US 0.45
Whole Foods Market Inc WFM:US -0.84
Wells Fargo & Co WFC:US 0.32
Waste Connections Inc WCN:US 0.04
Verizon Communications Inc VZ:US -0.34
Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc VRX:CN 1.69
United Continental Holdings Inc UAL:US 0.38
TJX Cos Inc/The TJX:US 0.14
Teleflex Inc TFX:US 0.26
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd TEVA:IT 0.00
AT&T Inc T:US -0.70
Sears Holdings Corp SHLD:US -1.18
SBA Communications Corp SBAC:US -0.56
EchoStar Corp SATS:US 1.52
Perrigo Co PLC PRGO:US 0.37
Priceline Group Inc/The PCLN:US 3.94
VeriFone Systems Inc PAY:US -0.09
OM Group Inc OMG:US -0.06
National Oilwell Varco Inc NOV:US -0.60
Merck & Co Inc MRK:US -0.63
MasterCard Inc MA:US 1.04
Lorillard LLC LO:US
Kaiser Aluminum Corp KALU:US -0.81
JPMorgan Chase & Co JPM:US 0.83
International Rectifier Corp IRF:US
Hexcel Corp HXL:US 0.16
H&R Block Inc HRB:US 0.47
HMS Holdings Corp HMSY:US -2.11
Herbalife Ltd HLF:US 1.25
GP Strategies Corp GPX:US 1.71
Finisar Corp FNSR:US -1.27
Ford Motor Co F:US -0.07
eBay Inc EBAY:US 1.47
DISH Network Corp DISH:US -0.46
Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp CTSH:US -0.14
Cepheid CPHD:US 3.31
Cooper Cos Inc/The COO:US 0.69
ClickSoftware Technologies Ltd CKSW:US 0.00
Brightpoint Inc CELL:US
Cubist Pharmaceuticals Inc CBST:US
Berkshire Hathaway Inc BRK/A:US -0.07
Bristol-Myers Squibb Co BMY:US 0.86
BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc BMRN:US 3.38
BioScrip Inc BIOS:US -3.20
Bank of America Corp BAC:US 0.77
Apollo Education Group Inc APOL:US -17.12
Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc ALXN:US 1.69
American International Group Inc AIG:US 0.37
Assured Guaranty Ltd AGO:US 0.97
Alliance Data Systems Corp ADS:US 0.17
Apple Inc AAPL:US 0.72
LKQ Corp LKQ:US 0.12
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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.