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 0.51
Weight Watchers International Inc WTW:US -1.54
VCA Inc WOOF:US -1.63
Whole Foods Market Inc WFM:US -0.96
Waste Connections Inc WCN:US -0.16
Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc VRX:CN 0.45
United Continental Holdings Inc UAL:US -0.49
TJX Cos Inc/The TJX:US 0.17
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd TEVA:IT -0.37
Sears Holdings Corp SHLD:US -0.85
SBA Communications Corp SBAC:US 3.34
EchoStar Corp SATS:US -1.04
Perrigo Co PLC PRGO:US -0.74
Priceline Group Inc/The PCLN:US 0.94
VeriFone Systems Inc PAY:US -2.41
OM Group Inc OMG:US -1.18
National Oilwell Varco Inc NOV:US -0.55
MasterCard Inc MA:US 0.58
Lorillard Inc LO:US -0.23
KKR Financial Holdings LLC KFN:US
Kaiser Aluminum Corp KALU:US -0.09
International Rectifier Corp IRF:US 0.04
Hexcel Corp HXL:US 0.41
H&R Block Inc HRB:US -0.25
HMS Holdings Corp HMSY:US 0.32
GP Strategies Corp GPX:US -1.66
Finisar Corp FNSR:US -0.86
eBay Inc EBAY:US 0.34
DISH Network Corp DISH:US -0.16
Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp CTSH:US -0.35
Cepheid CPHD:US -0.71
Cooper Cos Inc/The COO:US -0.19
ClickSoftware Technologies Ltd CKSW:US -0.79
Brightpoint Inc CELL:US
Cubist Pharmaceuticals Inc CBST:US -1.78
Bristol-Myers Squibb Co BMY:US 0.83
BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc BMRN:US -0.97
BioScrip Inc BIOS:US 0.55
Apollo Education Group Inc APOL:US -2.43
Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc ALXN:US -2.57
American International Group Inc AIG:US -0.39
Assured Guaranty Ltd AGO:US -0.34
Alliance Data Systems Corp ADS:US -1.43
Wells Fargo & Co WFC:US 0.00
Verizon Communications Inc VZ:US 0.59
Teleflex Inc TFX:US 0.77
AT&T Inc T:US 0.31
Merck & Co Inc MRK:US -0.31
JPMorgan Chase & Co JPM:US 0.31
Herbalife Ltd HLF:US 2.15
Ford Motor Co F:US 0.11
Berkshire Hathaway Inc BRK/A:US 0.71
Bank of America Corp BAC:US -0.58
Apple Inc AAPL:US 1.38
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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.