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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 -3.45
VCA Inc WOOF:US -0.46
Whole Foods Market Inc WFM:US -0.61
Waste Connections Inc WCN:US -0.02
Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc VRX:CN 0.35
Teleflex Inc TFX:US 0.63
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd TEVA:IT 0.13
Sears Holdings Corp SHLD:US -1.69
SBA Communications Corp SBAC:US -0.13
EchoStar Corp SATS:US 0.83
Perrigo Co PLC PRGO:US 0.11
Priceline Group Inc/The PCLN:US -0.34
VeriFone Systems Inc PAY:US 0.54
OM Group Inc OMG:US -0.11
National Oilwell Varco Inc NOV:US -1.34
MasterCard Inc MA:US -0.23
Lorillard Inc LO:US 0.01
Kaiser Aluminum Corp KALU:US -0.43
International Rectifier Corp IRF:US
Hexcel Corp HXL:US -0.42
H&R Block Inc HRB:US -0.09
HMS Holdings Corp HMSY:US -0.83
Herbalife Ltd HLF:US 0.45
GP Strategies Corp GPX:US -1.16
Finisar Corp FNSR:US 0.32
DISH Network Corp DISH:US 0.26
Cepheid CPHD:US -2.34
Cooper Cos Inc/The COO:US 0.53
ClickSoftware Technologies Ltd CKSW:US -0.08
Brightpoint Inc CELL:US
Cubist Pharmaceuticals Inc CBST:US
Berkshire Hathaway Inc BRK/A:US -0.59
Bristol-Myers Squibb Co BMY:US -0.86
BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc BMRN:US 0.24
BioScrip Inc BIOS:US 0.53
Apollo Education Group Inc APOL:US -0.06
Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc ALXN:US 2.00
American International Group Inc AIG:US -0.56
Assured Guaranty Ltd AGO:US 0.56
Alliance Data Systems Corp ADS:US 1.05
Wells Fargo & Co WFC:US -0.02
Verizon Communications Inc VZ:US -0.58
United Continental Holdings Inc UAL:US -0.81
TJX Cos Inc/The TJX:US -1.05
AT&T Inc T:US -1.03
Merck & Co Inc MRK:US -1.20
JPMorgan Chase & Co JPM:US -0.27
Ford Motor Co F:US -1.55
eBay Inc EBAY:US -0.03
Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp CTSH:US -0.25
Bank of America Corp BAC:US 0.12
Apple Inc AAPL:US 0.88
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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.