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 -0.12
Weight Watchers International Inc WTW:US -1.03
VCA Inc WOOF:US -1.10
Waste Connections Inc WCN:US 0.00
Verizon Communications Inc VZ:US 0.27
Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc VRX:CN -0.14
United Continental Holdings Inc UAL:US -2.35
TJX Cos Inc/The TJX:US 0.21
Teleflex Inc TFX:US -0.11
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd TEVA:IT 0.16
Sears Holdings Corp SHLD:US 1.82
SBA Communications Corp SBAC:US -0.97
EchoStar Corp SATS:US -0.10
Perrigo Co PLC PRGO:US -0.13
Priceline Group Inc/The PCLN:US -0.16
VeriFone Systems Inc PAY:US 0.20
OM Group Inc OMG:US -1.73
National Oilwell Varco Inc NOV:US -0.85
Merck & Co Inc MRK:US 0.17
MasterCard Inc MA:US -0.22
Lorillard Inc LO:US 0.58
KKR Financial Holdings LLC KFN:US
Kaiser Aluminum Corp KALU:US 3.53
International Rectifier Corp IRF:US -1.07
Hexcel Corp HXL:US 0.00
H&R Block Inc HRB:US 1.49
HMS Holdings Corp HMSY:US -1.55
GP Strategies Corp GPX:US -0.42
Finisar Corp FNSR:US -0.89
Ford Motor Co F:US 0.34
DISH Network Corp DISH:US -0.38
Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp CTSH:US 0.36
Cepheid CPHD:US -2.41
Cooper Cos Inc/The COO:US 3.10
ClickSoftware Technologies Ltd CKSW:US -0.52
Brightpoint Inc CELL:US
Cubist Pharmaceuticals Inc CBST:US 0.11
Berkshire Hathaway Inc BRK/A:US 0.12
Bristol-Myers Squibb Co BMY:US 0.28
BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc BMRN:US -1.00
BioScrip Inc BIOS:US -1.87
Apollo Education Group Inc APOL:US 0.00
Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc ALXN:US -3.24
American International Group Inc AIG:US 0.27
Assured Guaranty Ltd AGO:US -0.21
Alliance Data Systems Corp ADS:US -0.11
Whole Foods Market Inc WFM:US 1.30
Wells Fargo & Co WFC:US 0.51
AT&T Inc T:US -1.06
JPMorgan Chase & Co JPM:US 0.29
Herbalife Ltd HLF:US -0.39
eBay Inc EBAY:US 1.08
Bank of America Corp BAC:US 0.64
Apple Inc AAPL:US -0.16
1 of 23

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.