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 -0.26
Weight Watchers International Inc WTW:US -1.03
VCA Antech Inc WOOF:US -0.39
Waste Connections Inc WCN:US 0.22
Verizon Communications Inc VZ:US -1.02
Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc VRX:CN -1.60
United Continental Holdings Inc UAL:US 0.55
TJX Cos Inc/The TJX:US -1.42
Teleflex Inc TFX:US -0.58
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd TEVA:IT -1.21
Sears Holdings Corp SHLD:US 6.11
SBA Communications Corp SBAC:US -1.31
EchoStar Corp SATS:US 1.96
Perrigo Co PLC PRGO:US -1.07
VeriFone Systems Inc PAY:US -2.27
OM Group Inc OMG:US 1.01
National Oilwell Varco Inc NOV:US 0.51
Merck & Co Inc MRK:US -0.47
MasterCard Inc MA:US -1.57
Lorillard Inc LO:US -2.47
LKQ Corp LKQX:US
KKR Financial Holdings LLC KFN:US -1.07
Kaiser Aluminum Corp KALU:US -0.71
JPMorgan Chase & Co JPM:US 0.43
International Rectifier Corp IRF:US -0.96
Hexcel Corp HXL:US 1.32
H&R Block Inc HRB:US -1.31
HMS Holdings Corp HMSY:US -2.84
Herbalife Ltd HLF:US -1.13
GP Strategies Corp GPX:US -2.65
Finisar Corp FNSR:US -0.81
DISH Network Corp DISH:US 0.54
Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp CTSH:US -0.35
Cepheid Inc CPHD:US -3.09
Cooper Cos Inc/The COO:US -0.59
CONMED Corp CNMD:US -0.60
Clicksoftware Technologies Ltd CKSW:US -1.05
Brightpoint Inc CELL:US
Cubist Pharmaceuticals Inc CBST:US -2.67
Berkshire Hathaway Inc BRK/A:US 0.04
Bristol-Myers Squibb Co BMY:US -0.08
BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc BMRN:US -4.52
BioScrip Inc BIOS:US -2.38
Apollo Education Group Inc APOL:US -2.29
ANSYS Inc ANSS:US 1.14
Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc ALXN:US -2.48
American International Group Inc AIG:US 1.25
Assured Guaranty Ltd AGO:US -0.17
Alliance Data Systems Corp ADS:US 0.13
Whole Foods Market Inc WFM:US 0.95
Wells Fargo & Co WFC:US 0.73
AT&T Inc T:US -3.78
Priceline Group Inc/The PCLN:US -0.82
Ford Motor Co F:US 0.81
eBay Inc EBAY:US -0.96
Bank of America Corp BAC:US 0.49
Apple Inc AAPL:US -1.31
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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.

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