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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 -1.19
Weight Watchers International Inc WTW:US -6.94
VCA Inc WOOF:US -3.06
Whole Foods Market Inc WFM:US 0.65
Wells Fargo & Co WFC:US -2.84
Waste Connections Inc WCN:US -1.91
Verizon Communications Inc VZ:US -0.45
Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc VRX:CN -7.04
United Continental Holdings Inc UAL:US -2.52
TJX Cos Inc/The TJX:US 0.09
Teleflex Inc TFX:US -1.14
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd TEVA:IT -2.28
AT&T Inc T:US 0.62
Sears Holdings Corp SHLD:US -3.85
SBA Communications Corp SBAC:US -7.01
EchoStar Corp SATS:US -2.97
Perrigo Co PLC PRGO:US -4.21
Priceline Group Inc/The PCLN:US -4.11
VeriFone Systems Inc PAY:US -1.36
OM Group Inc OMG:US
National Oilwell Varco Inc NOV:US -0.25
Merck & Co Inc MRK:US -1.11
MasterCard Inc MA:US -2.55
Lorillard LLC LO:US
Kaiser Aluminum Corp KALU:US 2.13
JPMorgan Chase & Co JPM:US -2.10
International Rectifier Corp IRF:US
Hexcel Corp HXL:US -1.73
H&R Block Inc HRB:US -1.37
HMS Holdings Corp HMSY:US -6.06
Herbalife Ltd HLF:US -3.53
Finisar Corp FNSR:US -1.04
Ford Motor Co F:US 1.22
eBay Inc EBAY:US -3.10
DISH Network Corp DISH:US -7.22
Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp CTSH:US -7.67
Cepheid CPHD:US 4.86
Cooper Cos Inc/The COO:US -1.33
ClickSoftware Technologies Ltd CKSW:US
Brightpoint Inc CELL:US
Cubist Pharmaceuticals Inc CBST:US
Berkshire Hathaway Inc BRK/A:US 0.23
Bristol-Myers Squibb Co BMY:US 1.83
BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc BMRN:US -5.36
BioScrip Inc BIOS:US 0.00
Bank of America Corp BAC:US -5.25
Apollo Education Group Inc APOL:US 24.03
Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc ALXN:US -2.20
American International Group Inc AIG:US -2.00
Assured Guaranty Ltd AGO:US -4.51
Alliance Data Systems Corp ADS:US -1.86
Apple Inc AAPL:US 1.05
GP Strategies Corp GPX:US 0.44
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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.