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 1.80
Weight Watchers International Inc WTW:US 5.57
VCA Inc WOOF:US 2.94
Whole Foods Market Inc WFM:US 1.41
Waste Connections Inc WCN:US 0.69
Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc VRX:CN 2.16
TJX Cos Inc/The TJX:US 0.52
Teleflex Inc TFX:US 2.01
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd TEVA:IT -1.68
Sears Holdings Corp SHLD:US 3.73
SBA Communications Corp SBAC:US 2.14
EchoStar Corp SATS:US 1.93
Perrigo Co PLC PRGO:US 3.50
Priceline Group Inc/The PCLN:US 2.82
VeriFone Systems Inc PAY:US 9.00
OM Group Inc OMG:US 4.56
National Oilwell Varco Inc NOV:US 2.69
Merck & Co Inc MRK:US 1.46
MasterCard Inc MA:US 2.53
Lorillard Inc LO:US 0.05
KKR Financial Holdings LLC KFN:US
Kaiser Aluminum Corp KALU:US 0.68
Hexcel Corp HXL:US 1.11
H&R Block Inc HRB:US 3.86
HMS Holdings Corp HMSY:US 1.33
Herbalife Ltd HLF:US 1.02
Finisar Corp FNSR:US 4.50
eBay Inc EBAY:US 0.83
DISH Network Corp DISH:US 1.80
Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp CTSH:US -0.41
Cepheid CPHD:US 4.71
Cooper Cos Inc/The COO:US 3.00
ClickSoftware Technologies Ltd CKSW:US -0.57
Brightpoint Inc CELL:US
Cubist Pharmaceuticals Inc CBST:US 1.11
Berkshire Hathaway Inc BRK/A:US 1.99
Bristol-Myers Squibb Co BMY:US 2.60
BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc BMRN:US 1.34
BioScrip Inc BIOS:US 4.40
Apollo Education Group Inc APOL:US 1.95
Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc ALXN:US 2.45
American International Group Inc AIG:US 2.16
Assured Guaranty Ltd AGO:US 1.84
Alliance Data Systems Corp ADS:US 1.54
Wells Fargo & Co WFC:US 1.93
Verizon Communications Inc VZ:US 2.00
United Continental Holdings Inc UAL:US 1.98
AT&T Inc T:US 1.65
JPMorgan Chase & Co JPM:US 2.29
International Rectifier Corp IRF:US -0.05
GP Strategies Corp GPX:US 2.78
Ford Motor Co F:US 2.56
Bank of America Corp BAC:US 3.23
Apple Inc AAPL:US 2.50
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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.