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 -0.60
Weight Watchers International Inc WTW:US 1.88
Whole Foods Market Inc WFM:US -1.56
Waste Connections Inc WCN:US -0.91
Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc VRX:CN -0.54
TJX Cos Inc/The TJX:US -0.95
Teleflex Inc TFX:US -0.88
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd TEVA:IT 0.74
Sears Holdings Corp SHLD:US -1.14
SBA Communications Corp SBAC:US -0.64
EchoStar Corp SATS:US -0.35
Perrigo Co PLC PRGO:US 0.43
Priceline Group Inc/The PCLN:US -0.93
VeriFone Systems Inc PAY:US -1.64
OM Group Inc OMG:US -0.43
National Oilwell Varco Inc NOV:US -0.45
Merck & Co Inc MRK:US 0.30
MasterCard Inc MA:US -0.67
Lorillard Inc LO:US -0.20
KKR Financial Holdings LLC KFN:US
Kaiser Aluminum Corp KALU:US -1.45
International Rectifier Corp IRF:US -0.48
Hexcel Corp HXL:US -0.88
HMS Holdings Corp HMSY:US -2.52
GP Strategies Corp GPX:US -0.78
Finisar Corp FNSR:US -2.25
eBay Inc EBAY:US -0.57
Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp CTSH:US -0.68
Cepheid CPHD:US -1.35
Cooper Cos Inc/The COO:US 1.36
ClickSoftware Technologies Ltd CKSW:US 1.96
Brightpoint Inc CELL:US
Cubist Pharmaceuticals Inc CBST:US -0.82
BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc BMRN:US 0.36
BioScrip Inc BIOS:US -1.66
Bank of America Corp BAC:US -0.53
Apollo Education Group Inc APOL:US -1.92
Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc ALXN:US -0.07
Assured Guaranty Ltd AGO:US -1.44
Alliance Data Systems Corp ADS:US -1.23
VCA Inc WOOF:US -0.43
Wells Fargo & Co WFC:US 0.23
Verizon Communications Inc VZ:US 1.33
United Continental Holdings Inc UAL:US -1.04
AT&T Inc T:US 0.88
JPMorgan Chase & Co JPM:US -0.34
H&R Block Inc HRB:US 0.03
Herbalife Ltd HLF:US -1.82
Ford Motor Co F:US 0.42
DISH Network Corp DISH:US -0.85
Berkshire Hathaway Inc BRK/A:US -0.04
Bristol-Myers Squibb Co BMY:US 0.76
American International Group Inc AIG:US -1.94
Apple Inc AAPL:US -0.82
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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.