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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
LKQ Corp LKQ:US -0.10
Weight Watchers International Inc WTW:US 4.28
VCA Inc WOOF:US 1.91
Whole Foods Market Inc WFM:US -11.61
Wells Fargo & Co WFC:US 0.33
Waste Connections Inc WCN:US -0.82
Verizon Communications Inc VZ:US 0.24
Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc VRX:CN 0.32
United Continental Holdings Inc UAL:US -0.65
TJX Cos Inc/The TJX:US 0.23
Teleflex Inc TFX:US -4.89
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd TEVA:IT -2.40
AT&T Inc T:US 0.32
Sears Holdings Corp SHLD:US -2.61
SBA Communications Corp SBAC:US 1.20
EchoStar Corp SATS:US 0.28
Perrigo Co PLC PRGO:US -0.73
Priceline Group Inc/The PCLN:US 0.22
VeriFone Systems Inc PAY:US -1.51
OM Group Inc OMG:US 0.33
National Oilwell Varco Inc NOV:US -1.14
Merck & Co Inc MRK:US -0.03
MasterCard Inc MA:US 1.74
Lorillard LLC LO:US
Kaiser Aluminum Corp KALU:US -3.24
JPMorgan Chase & Co JPM:US 0.15
International Rectifier Corp IRF:US
Hexcel Corp HXL:US -0.58
H&R Block Inc HRB:US 0.76
HMS Holdings Corp HMSY:US 1.93
Herbalife Ltd HLF:US -1.58
GP Strategies Corp GPX:US -7.52
Finisar Corp FNSR:US 2.22
Ford Motor Co F:US -0.72
eBay Inc EBAY:US -1.32
DISH Network Corp DISH:US 0.00
Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp CTSH:US 1.38
Cepheid CPHD:US -0.57
Cooper Cos Inc/The COO:US 0.05
ClickSoftware Technologies Ltd CKSW:US 0.04
Brightpoint Inc CELL:US
Cubist Pharmaceuticals Inc CBST:US
Berkshire Hathaway Inc BRK/A:US 0.20
Bristol-Myers Squibb Co BMY:US -0.66
BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc BMRN:US 0.17
BioScrip Inc BIOS:US -1.22
Bank of America Corp BAC:US -0.17
Apollo Education Group Inc APOL:US 1.06
Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc ALXN:US 0.27
American International Group Inc AIG:US -0.02
Assured Guaranty Ltd AGO:US -0.67
Alliance Data Systems Corp ADS:US -0.12
Apple Inc AAPL:US -0.50
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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.