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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 0.24
Weight Watchers International Inc WTW:US -0.66
VCA Inc WOOF:US 0.59
Waste Connections Inc WCN:US -0.21
Teleflex Inc TFX:US 0.34
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd TEVA:IT 2.55
Sears Holdings Corp SHLD:US -0.26
SBA Communications Corp SBAC:US -0.85
EchoStar Corp SATS:US 0.49
VeriFone Systems Inc PAY:US -0.29
OM Group Inc OMG:US -1.74
Kaiser Aluminum Corp KALU:US -0.46
International Rectifier Corp IRF:US
Hexcel Corp HXL:US -0.22
H&R Block Inc HRB:US 0.19
HMS Holdings Corp HMSY:US 3.45
Herbalife Ltd HLF:US 0.35
GP Strategies Corp GPX:US 0.77
Finisar Corp FNSR:US 1.18
Ford Motor Co F:US -0.60
DISH Network Corp DISH:US 0.82
Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp CTSH:US 1.07
Cepheid CPHD:US -0.95
Cooper Cos Inc/The COO:US 0.23
ClickSoftware Technologies Ltd CKSW:US -0.37
Brightpoint Inc CELL:US
Cubist Pharmaceuticals Inc CBST:US
BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc BMRN:US 0.25
BioScrip Inc BIOS:US 1.36
American International Group Inc AIG:US -1.18
Assured Guaranty Ltd AGO:US -0.75
Alliance Data Systems Corp ADS:US 1.23
Whole Foods Market Inc WFM:US 1.41
Wells Fargo & Co WFC:US 0.55
Verizon Communications Inc VZ:US -0.87
Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc VRX:CN 1.62
United Continental Holdings Inc UAL:US 0.05
TJX Cos Inc/The TJX:US 0.27
AT&T Inc T:US -0.44
Perrigo Co PLC PRGO:US -1.88
Priceline Group Inc/The PCLN:US 0.43
National Oilwell Varco Inc NOV:US -1.31
Merck & Co Inc MRK:US 0.45
MasterCard Inc MA:US 0.70
Lorillard Inc LO:US 0.58
JPMorgan Chase & Co JPM:US -0.44
eBay Inc EBAY:US 0.30
Berkshire Hathaway Inc BRK/A:US -0.05
Bristol-Myers Squibb Co BMY:US 1.37
Bank of America Corp BAC:US -0.06
Apollo Education Group Inc APOL:US -0.68
Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc ALXN:US 1.20
Apple Inc AAPL:US -0.34
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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.