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 -0.02
Weight Watchers International Inc WTW:US -0.47
VCA Antech Inc WOOF:US -0.45
Waste Connections Inc WCN:US 1.17
Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc VRX:CN -1.87
United Continental Holdings Inc UAL:US 0.26
TJX Cos Inc/The TJX:US -0.53
Sears Holdings Corp SHLD:US 0.42
SBA Communications Corp SBAC:US -0.61
EchoStar Corp SATS:US -0.13
Perrigo Co PLC PRGO:US -1.45
Priceline Group Inc/The PCLN:US -0.10
OM Group Inc OMG:US 0.70
National Oilwell Varco Inc NOV:US 0.67
MasterCard Inc MA:US -1.06
Lorillard Inc LO:US -0.29
KKR Financial Holdings LLC KFN:US -0.49
Kaiser Aluminum Corp KALU:US -0.75
International Rectifier Corp IRF:US -0.63
Hexcel Corp HXL:US 0.69
H&R Block Inc HRB:US -0.71
HMS Holdings Corp HMSY:US -1.54
Herbalife Ltd HLF:US -1.46
GP Strategies Corp GPX:US -2.42
Finisar Corp FNSR:US -1.57
DISH Network Corp DISH:US 1.06
Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp CTSH:US -0.24
Cepheid Inc CPHD:US -1.66
Cooper Cos Inc/The COO:US -0.59
Clicksoftware Technologies Ltd CKSW:US -1.57
Brightpoint Inc CELL:US
Cubist Pharmaceuticals Inc CBST:US -1.90
Berkshire Hathaway Inc BRK/A:US -0.06
BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc BMRN:US -3.39
BioScrip Inc BIOS:US -2.52
Apollo Education Group Inc APOL:US -1.48
Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc ALXN:US -2.89
American International Group Inc AIG:US 0.57
Assured Guaranty Ltd AGO:US -0.70
Alliance Data Systems Corp ADS:US 1.01
Whole Foods Market Inc WFM:US 0.65
Wells Fargo & Co WFC:US 0.28
Verizon Communications Inc VZ:US -1.71
Teleflex Inc TFX:US -0.42
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd TEVA:IT -0.72
AT&T Inc T:US -3.58
VeriFone Systems Inc PAY:US -1.44
Merck & Co Inc MRK:US -0.61
JPMorgan Chase & Co JPM:US -0.20
Ford Motor Co F:US 0.47
eBay Inc EBAY:US -0.65
Bristol-Myers Squibb Co BMY:US -0.43
Bank of America Corp BAC:US -0.09
Apple Inc AAPL:US -0.60
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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.