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 0.07
Weight Watchers International Inc WTW:US 0.49
VCA Inc WOOF:US 3.34
Whole Foods Market Inc WFM:US -1.55
Waste Connections Inc WCN:US -0.14
Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc VRX:CN -0.08
TJX Cos Inc/The TJX:US 0.39
Teleflex Inc TFX:US -0.32
Sears Holdings Corp SHLD:US -1.34
SBA Communications Corp SBAC:US 0.05
EchoStar Corp SATS:US 0.65
Perrigo Co PLC PRGO:US 0.81
Priceline Group Inc/The PCLN:US -0.80
VeriFone Systems Inc PAY:US -0.54
OM Group Inc OMG:US -0.26
National Oilwell Varco Inc NOV:US -0.23
Lorillard Inc LO:US 0.30
KKR Financial Holdings LLC KFN:US
Kaiser Aluminum Corp KALU:US -1.15
International Rectifier Corp IRF:US -0.08
Hexcel Corp HXL:US 1.38
H&R Block Inc HRB:US -0.83
HMS Holdings Corp HMSY:US 0.22
Herbalife Ltd HLF:US 0.06
GP Strategies Corp GPX:US -0.83
Finisar Corp FNSR:US 0.30
DISH Network Corp DISH:US 0.23
Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp CTSH:US -1.43
Cepheid CPHD:US 0.43
Cooper Cos Inc/The COO:US -0.39
ClickSoftware Technologies Ltd CKSW:US -0.62
Brightpoint Inc CELL:US
Cubist Pharmaceuticals Inc CBST:US 0.97
Berkshire Hathaway Inc BRK/A:US -0.34
BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc BMRN:US -1.67
BioScrip Inc BIOS:US -1.17
Bank of America Corp BAC:US -1.17
Apollo Education Group Inc APOL:US -0.69
Assured Guaranty Ltd AGO:US -0.83
Alliance Data Systems Corp ADS:US -0.33
Wells Fargo & Co WFC:US -0.37
Verizon Communications Inc VZ:US -0.04
United Continental Holdings Inc UAL:US 0.21
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd TEVA:IT -0.80
AT&T Inc T:US -0.03
Merck & Co Inc MRK:US -0.46
MasterCard Inc MA:US -0.63
JPMorgan Chase & Co JPM:US -0.72
Ford Motor Co F:US 0.35
eBay Inc EBAY:US -0.88
Bristol-Myers Squibb Co BMY:US 0.58
Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc ALXN:US -0.51
American International Group Inc AIG:US -0.77
Apple Inc AAPL:US 0.12
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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.