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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 5.01
VCA Inc WOOF:US -0.64
Whole Foods Market Inc WFM:US 0.95
Wells Fargo & Co WFC:US -0.11
Waste Connections Inc WCN:US -0.53
Verizon Communications Inc VZ:US -0.60
Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc VRX:CN 2.20
United Continental Holdings Inc UAL:US -1.02
TJX Cos Inc/The TJX:US 1.59
Teleflex Inc TFX:US -0.40
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd TEVA:IT 1.11
AT&T Inc T:US 0.18
Sears Holdings Corp SHLD:US 9.56
SBA Communications Corp SBAC:US 0.13
EchoStar Corp SATS:US 0.52
Perrigo Co PLC PRGO:US 0.42
Priceline Group Inc/The PCLN:US 0.45
VeriFone Systems Inc PAY:US 0.77
OM Group Inc OMG:US
National Oilwell Varco Inc NOV:US -1.37
Merck & Co Inc MRK:US 0.45
MasterCard Inc MA:US -0.35
Lorillard LLC LO:US
Kaiser Aluminum Corp KALU:US 0.75
JPMorgan Chase & Co JPM:US 0.12
International Rectifier Corp IRF:US
Hexcel Corp HXL:US -0.13
H&R Block Inc HRB:US 0.90
HMS Holdings Corp HMSY:US 2.87
Herbalife Ltd HLF:US 0.10
GP Strategies Corp GPX:US 2.95
Finisar Corp FNSR:US -0.41
Ford Motor Co F:US 0.00
eBay Inc EBAY:US 0.00
DISH Network Corp DISH:US -0.10
Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp CTSH:US -0.17
Cepheid CPHD:US 1.52
Cooper Cos Inc/The COO:US 0.67
ClickSoftware Technologies Ltd CKSW:US
Brightpoint Inc CELL:US
Cubist Pharmaceuticals Inc CBST:US
Berkshire Hathaway Inc BRK/A:US -0.53
Bristol-Myers Squibb Co BMY:US 0.38
BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc BMRN:US -1.78
BioScrip Inc BIOS:US 9.50
Bank of America Corp BAC:US -0.17
Apollo Education Group Inc APOL:US -0.98
Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc ALXN:US 2.50
American International Group Inc AIG:US 0.05
Assured Guaranty Ltd AGO:US -0.77
Alliance Data Systems Corp ADS:US 0.33
Apple Inc AAPL:US -0.72
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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.