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 0.42
Weight Watchers International Inc WTW:US -0.28
VCA Inc WOOF:US 0.60
Whole Foods Market Inc WFM:US 0.37
Waste Connections Inc WCN:US 0.27
Teleflex Inc TFX:US 0.47
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd TEVA:IT 0.54
SBA Communications Corp SBAC:US 0.38
EchoStar Corp SATS:US 1.37
Priceline Group Inc/The PCLN:US -1.05
VeriFone Systems Inc PAY:US -0.49
OM Group Inc OMG:US 0.33
National Oilwell Varco Inc NOV:US -1.61
Lorillard Inc LO:US -1.07
LKQ Corp LKQX:US
KKR Financial Holdings LLC KFN:US
Kaiser Aluminum Corp KALU:US 0.80
International Rectifier Corp IRF:US 0.10
Hexcel Corp HXL:US -0.23
H&R Block Inc HRB:US -0.09
HMS Holdings Corp HMSY:US -1.30
Herbalife Ltd HLF:US 3.33
GP Strategies Corp GPX:US 2.20
DISH Network Corp DISH:US 2.49
Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp CTSH:US 0.63
Cepheid CPHD:US 0.77
Cooper Cos Inc/The COO:US 1.50
CONMED Corp CNMD:US 1.40
ClickSoftware Technologies Ltd CKSW:US 0.40
Brightpoint Inc CELL:US
Cubist Pharmaceuticals Inc CBST:US 0.92
Bristol-Myers Squibb Co BMY:US 0.58
BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc BMRN:US -0.08
BioScrip Inc BIOS:US 1.10
ANSYS Inc ANSS:US 1.03
Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc ALXN:US 1.01
Assured Guaranty Ltd AGO:US 1.02
Alliance Data Systems Corp ADS:US -0.07
Apple Inc AAPL:US 1.19
Wells Fargo & Co WFC:US 0.74
Verizon Communications Inc VZ:US 1.42
Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc VRX:CN 2.99
United Continental Holdings Inc UAL:US 0.62
TJX Cos Inc/The TJX:US 0.88
AT&T Inc T:US 0.89
Sears Holdings Corp SHLD:US -5.03
Perrigo Co PLC PRGO:US 1.76
Merck & Co Inc MRK:US 0.69
MasterCard Inc MA:US 0.25
JPMorgan Chase & Co JPM:US 0.07
Finisar Corp FNSR:US -0.91
Ford Motor Co F:US -0.45
eBay Inc EBAY:US 0.31
Berkshire Hathaway Inc BRK/A:US 0.31
Bank of America Corp BAC:US 0.06
Apollo Education Group Inc APOL:US 0.59
American International Group Inc AIG:US -0.13
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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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