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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 1.62
Weight Watchers International Inc WTW:US -1.24
VCA Inc WOOF:US 10.84
Whole Foods Market Inc WFM:US -0.29
Wells Fargo & Co WFC:US 0.98
Waste Connections Inc WCN:US 2.47
Verizon Communications Inc VZ:US 1.46
Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc VRX:CN -1.23
United Continental Holdings Inc UAL:US -2.07
TJX Cos Inc/The TJX:US 2.36
Teleflex Inc TFX:US 1.07
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd TEVA:IT -1.59
AT&T Inc T:US 1.05
Sears Holdings Corp SHLD:US 0.23
SBA Communications Corp SBAC:US -0.23
EchoStar Corp SATS:US 0.96
Perrigo Co PLC PRGO:US 0.40
Priceline Group Inc/The PCLN:US 0.94
VeriFone Systems Inc PAY:US 2.11
OM Group Inc OMG:US -0.50
National Oilwell Varco Inc NOV:US 2.24
Merck & Co Inc MRK:US 1.77
MasterCard Inc MA:US 1.65
Lorillard LLC LO:US
Kaiser Aluminum Corp KALU:US 1.60
JPMorgan Chase & Co JPM:US 1.31
International Rectifier Corp IRF:US
Hexcel Corp HXL:US 6.37
H&R Block Inc HRB:US 3.37
HMS Holdings Corp HMSY:US 0.98
Herbalife Ltd HLF:US 2.61
GP Strategies Corp GPX:US 0.45
Finisar Corp FNSR:US -1.13
Ford Motor Co F:US 2.56
eBay Inc EBAY:US 1.48
DISH Network Corp DISH:US -1.08
Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp CTSH:US 1.78
Cepheid CPHD:US -1.10
Cooper Cos Inc/The COO:US 0.70
ClickSoftware Technologies Ltd CKSW:US 0.04
Brightpoint Inc CELL:US
Cubist Pharmaceuticals Inc CBST:US
Berkshire Hathaway Inc BRK/A:US -0.36
Bristol-Myers Squibb Co BMY:US 0.36
BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc BMRN:US -1.11
BioScrip Inc BIOS:US 1.23
Bank of America Corp BAC:US 1.57
Apollo Education Group Inc APOL:US -1.72
Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc ALXN:US -2.35
American International Group Inc AIG:US 1.38
Assured Guaranty Ltd AGO:US 2.21
Alliance Data Systems Corp ADS:US 0.75
Apple Inc AAPL:US -0.32
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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.