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 0.36
Weight Watchers International Inc WTW:US 3.06
VCA Inc WOOF:US -0.98
Whole Foods Market Inc WFM:US -0.33
Waste Connections Inc WCN:US -1.06
Verizon Communications Inc VZ:US -0.06
Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc VRX:CN -0.19
United Continental Holdings Inc UAL:US -0.17
TJX Cos Inc/The TJX:US -1.49
Teleflex Inc TFX:US 1.13
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd TEVA:IT 2.40
AT&T Inc T:US 0.09
Sears Holdings Corp SHLD:US -0.75
SBA Communications Corp SBAC:US -0.43
EchoStar Corp SATS:US 0.43
Perrigo Co PLC PRGO:US 2.00
Priceline Group Inc/The PCLN:US 0.44
VeriFone Systems Inc PAY:US 0.22
National Oilwell Varco Inc NOV:US 2.76
Lorillard Inc LO:US -0.89
KKR Financial Holdings LLC KFN:US
Kaiser Aluminum Corp KALU:US 0.10
Hexcel Corp HXL:US 0.07
H&R Block Inc HRB:US 2.96
HMS Holdings Corp HMSY:US -0.99
GP Strategies Corp GPX:US 2.04
Finisar Corp FNSR:US -0.60
DISH Network Corp DISH:US 0.30
Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp CTSH:US 0.07
Cepheid CPHD:US 0.65
Cooper Cos Inc/The COO:US 0.36
ClickSoftware Technologies Ltd CKSW:US -0.41
Brightpoint Inc CELL:US
Cubist Pharmaceuticals Inc CBST:US 0.92
Berkshire Hathaway Inc BRK/A:US -0.62
Bristol-Myers Squibb Co BMY:US 0.84
BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc BMRN:US 2.19
BioScrip Inc BIOS:US -0.57
American International Group Inc AIG:US 1.40
Assured Guaranty Ltd AGO:US -0.04
Alliance Data Systems Corp ADS:US -0.23
Apple Inc AAPL:US -0.77
Wells Fargo & Co WFC:US -1.38
OM Group Inc OMG:US 4.52
Merck & Co Inc MRK:US 1.02
MasterCard Inc MA:US -0.55
JPMorgan Chase & Co JPM:US 0.73
International Rectifier Corp IRF:US -0.05
Herbalife Ltd HLF:US 0.16
Ford Motor Co F:US 1.49
eBay Inc EBAY:US -0.68
Bank of America Corp BAC:US 0.51
Apollo Education Group Inc APOL:US 3.58
Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc ALXN:US 0.30
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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.