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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 -2.15
VCA Inc WOOF:US -0.19
Whole Foods Market Inc WFM:US 0.00
Waste Connections Inc WCN:US 0.69
Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc VRX:CN 2.39
United Continental Holdings Inc UAL:US -0.75
Teleflex Inc TFX:US 0.97
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd TEVA:IT 2.38
Sears Holdings Corp SHLD:US 1.12
SBA Communications Corp SBAC:US -1.00
EchoStar Corp SATS:US -0.34
Perrigo Co PLC PRGO:US 0.36
Priceline Group Inc/The PCLN:US 0.37
VeriFone Systems Inc PAY:US 0.38
OM Group Inc OMG:US -0.55
National Oilwell Varco Inc NOV:US 2.45
MasterCard Inc MA:US -0.36
Lorillard Inc LO:US 0.35
Kaiser Aluminum Corp KALU:US -0.40
International Rectifier Corp IRF:US
Hexcel Corp HXL:US -0.65
H&R Block Inc HRB:US 0.60
HMS Holdings Corp HMSY:US -1.38
Herbalife Ltd HLF:US -0.39
GP Strategies Corp GPX:US -1.85
Finisar Corp FNSR:US 0.51
Ford Motor Co F:US 1.37
DISH Network Corp DISH:US 0.77
Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp CTSH:US -0.05
Cepheid CPHD:US -1.64
Cooper Cos Inc/The COO:US -1.63
ClickSoftware Technologies Ltd CKSW:US 0.08
Brightpoint Inc CELL:US
Cubist Pharmaceuticals Inc CBST:US
Berkshire Hathaway Inc BRK/A:US -0.57
Bristol-Myers Squibb Co BMY:US -0.28
BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc BMRN:US -0.85
BioScrip Inc BIOS:US 0.53
Apollo Education Group Inc APOL:US 1.42
Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc ALXN:US 2.51
Assured Guaranty Ltd AGO:US -0.87
Alliance Data Systems Corp ADS:US -0.93
Wells Fargo & Co WFC:US -0.12
Verizon Communications Inc VZ:US 0.42
TJX Cos Inc/The TJX:US -0.86
AT&T Inc T:US 1.30
Merck & Co Inc MRK:US -0.60
JPMorgan Chase & Co JPM:US 0.26
eBay Inc EBAY:US 1.00
Bank of America Corp BAC:US -0.06
American International Group Inc AIG:US 0.43
Apple Inc AAPL:US 1.02
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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.