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 2.27
Weight Watchers International Inc WTW:US -0.28
VCA Inc WOOF:US 0.22
Waste Connections Inc WCN:US 0.39
Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc VRX:CN 0.62
United Continental Holdings Inc UAL:US -1.47
TJX Cos Inc/The TJX:US -0.27
Teleflex Inc TFX:US 0.59
Sears Holdings Corp SHLD:US -1.86
SBA Communications Corp SBAC:US -0.34
EchoStar Corp SATS:US 1.22
Perrigo Co PLC PRGO:US -0.86
VeriFone Systems Inc PAY:US 0.11
OM Group Inc OMG:US 0.68
National Oilwell Varco Inc NOV:US 1.18
Merck & Co Inc MRK:US 0.18
Lorillard Inc LO:US 0.64
KKR Financial Holdings LLC KFN:US
Kaiser Aluminum Corp KALU:US 0.54
International Rectifier Corp IRF:US 0.20
Hexcel Corp HXL:US 0.22
H&R Block Inc HRB:US -0.09
HMS Holdings Corp HMSY:US -0.20
Herbalife Ltd HLF:US -0.27
GP Strategies Corp GPX:US 0.88
Finisar Corp FNSR:US 1.80
Ford Motor Co F:US -0.06
DISH Network Corp DISH:US 0.12
Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp CTSH:US 0.57
Cepheid CPHD:US 0.63
Cooper Cos Inc/The COO:US 0.03
ClickSoftware Technologies Ltd CKSW:US -0.25
Brightpoint Inc CELL:US
Cubist Pharmaceuticals Inc CBST:US 0.17
Bristol-Myers Squibb Co BMY:US 0.22
BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc BMRN:US 2.30
BioScrip Inc BIOS:US 0.12
Bank of America Corp BAC:US 0.50
Apollo Education Group Inc APOL:US 0.98
Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc ALXN:US 0.58
American International Group Inc AIG:US 0.59
Assured Guaranty Ltd AGO:US 1.00
Alliance Data Systems Corp ADS:US -0.02
Whole Foods Market Inc WFM:US -0.11
Wells Fargo & Co WFC:US 0.57
Verizon Communications Inc VZ:US 0.83
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd TEVA:IT 0.00
AT&T Inc T:US 0.63
Priceline Group Inc/The PCLN:US -0.51
MasterCard Inc MA:US -0.46
JPMorgan Chase & Co JPM:US 0.49
eBay Inc EBAY:US 0.13
Berkshire Hathaway Inc BRK/A:US 0.90
Apple Inc AAPL:US 0.24
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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.