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 0.33
Weight Watchers International Inc WTW:US -1.54
VCA Inc WOOF:US -0.35
Whole Foods Market Inc WFM:US 0.82
Waste Connections Inc WCN:US 0.25
Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc VRX:CN 0.43
United Continental Holdings Inc UAL:US 1.05
TJX Cos Inc/The TJX:US 0.19
Teleflex Inc TFX:US 0.46
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd TEVA:IT 1.91
Sears Holdings Corp SHLD:US 1.89
SBA Communications Corp SBAC:US 1.64
EchoStar Corp SATS:US -0.30
Perrigo Co PLC PRGO:US 0.51
Priceline Group Inc/The PCLN:US -1.11
VeriFone Systems Inc PAY:US -3.65
OM Group Inc OMG:US -1.20
National Oilwell Varco Inc NOV:US -2.84
Lorillard Inc LO:US -0.12
KKR Financial Holdings LLC KFN:US
Kaiser Aluminum Corp KALU:US -0.70
International Rectifier Corp IRF:US -0.03
Hexcel Corp HXL:US 3.00
H&R Block Inc HRB:US 0.68
HMS Holdings Corp HMSY:US -0.92
Herbalife Ltd HLF:US -2.52
GP Strategies Corp GPX:US -1.11
Finisar Corp FNSR:US 2.07
eBay Inc EBAY:US -0.67
DISH Network Corp DISH:US -0.90
Cepheid CPHD:US -0.59
Cooper Cos Inc/The COO:US -1.43
ClickSoftware Technologies Ltd CKSW:US -1.24
Brightpoint Inc CELL:US
Cubist Pharmaceuticals Inc CBST:US 0.14
Berkshire Hathaway Inc BRK/A:US -0.52
Bristol-Myers Squibb Co BMY:US -0.03
BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc BMRN:US 1.92
BioScrip Inc BIOS:US 0.17
Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc ALXN:US 1.66
American International Group Inc AIG:US -1.47
Assured Guaranty Ltd AGO:US -0.42
Alliance Data Systems Corp ADS:US 1.40
Wells Fargo & Co WFC:US -0.95
Verizon Communications Inc VZ:US -1.36
AT&T Inc T:US -1.24
Merck & Co Inc MRK:US -0.16
MasterCard Inc MA:US 0.01
JPMorgan Chase & Co JPM:US -1.58
Ford Motor Co F:US -0.80
Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp CTSH:US -0.22
Bank of America Corp BAC:US -2.24
Apollo Education Group Inc APOL:US 0.19
Apple Inc AAPL:US 0.52
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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.