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 2.20
Weight Watchers International Inc WTW:US 1.97
VCA Antech Inc WOOF:US 0.19
Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc VRX:CN 0.60
TJX Cos Inc/The TJX:US -0.56
Teleflex Inc TFX:US -0.33
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd TEVA:IT -0.69
Sears Holdings Corp SHLD:US 14.08
SBA Communications Corp SBAC:US 1.41
EchoStar Corp SATS:US 0.69
Priceline Group Inc/The PCLN:US -0.32
VeriFone Systems Inc PAY:US 0.00
OM Group Inc OMG:US -0.16
National Oilwell Varco Inc NOV:US 1.33
MasterCard Inc MA:US 0.27
Lorillard Inc LO:US 2.08
KKR Financial Holdings LLC KFN:US -0.34
International Rectifier Corp IRF:US -0.04
Hexcel Corp HXL:US 1.22
H&R Block Inc HRB:US -0.46
HMS Holdings Corp HMSY:US -2.70
GP Strategies Corp GPX:US 1.30
Finisar Corp FNSR:US 4.52
Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp CTSH:US -0.46
Cooper Cos Inc/The COO:US -0.40
Clicksoftware Technologies Ltd CKSW:US 2.02
Brightpoint Inc CELL:US
Cubist Pharmaceuticals Inc CBST:US 0.03
BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc BMRN:US -0.78
BioScrip Inc BIOS:US -3.48
Apollo Education Group Inc APOL:US 1.82
Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc ALXN:US 0.50
Assured Guaranty Ltd AGO:US -0.08
Alliance Data Systems Corp ADS:US -7.20
Whole Foods Market Inc WFM:US -0.80
Wells Fargo & Co WFC:US -0.33
Waste Connections Inc WCN:US -0.37
Verizon Communications Inc VZ:US 1.06
United Continental Holdings Inc UAL:US -0.89
AT&T Inc T:US -0.17
Perrigo Co PLC PRGO:US -0.93
Merck & Co Inc MRK:US 0.37
Kaiser Aluminum Corp KALU:US 0.33
JPMorgan Chase & Co JPM:US -0.07
Herbalife Ltd HLF:US -0.31
Ford Motor Co F:US -0.44
eBay Inc EBAY:US 0.51
DISH Network Corp DISH:US 0.83
Cepheid Inc CPHD:US 0.71
Berkshire Hathaway Inc BRK/A:US 0.92
Bristol-Myers Squibb Co BMY:US 0.71
Bank of America Corp BAC:US 0.12
American International Group Inc AIG:US 0.85
Apple Inc AAPL:US 1.14
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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.