Best and Worst Mutual Funds of 2011

By Ben Steverman and Wei Lu - 2011-12-16T23:15:45Z

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Company Symbol % Change
LKQ Corp LKQ:US -0.44
Weight Watchers International Inc WTW:US 2.66
VCA Inc WOOF:US -0.01
Whole Foods Market Inc WFM:US 0.03
Waste Connections Inc WCN:US 0.04
Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc VRX:CN 4.11
United Continental Holdings Inc UAL:US -0.33
TJX Cos Inc/The TJX:US 8.65
Teleflex Inc TFX:US 0.35
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd TEVA:IT 0.59
Sears Holdings Corp SHLD:US 0.97
SBA Communications Corp SBAC:US -1.16
EchoStar Corp SATS:US -0.06
Perrigo Co PLC PRGO:US 2.00
Priceline Group Inc/The PCLN:US -0.34
VeriFone Systems Inc PAY:US 0.74
OM Group Inc OMG:US 0.23
National Oilwell Varco Inc NOV:US 1.37
MasterCard Inc MA:US -0.48
Lorillard Inc LO:US 0.07
KKR Financial Holdings LLC KFN:US
Kaiser Aluminum Corp KALU:US -0.59
International Rectifier Corp IRF:US 1.14
Hexcel Corp HXL:US -0.90
H&R Block Inc HRB:US 0.21
Herbalife Ltd HLF:US -0.12
GP Strategies Corp GPX:US -0.71
Finisar Corp FNSR:US -1.99
Ford Motor Co F:US -0.40
eBay Inc EBAY:US 1.21
DISH Network Corp DISH:US -0.75
Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp CTSH:US 2.10
Cepheid CPHD:US -0.05
Cooper Cos Inc/The COO:US -0.04
ClickSoftware Technologies Ltd CKSW:US 0.87
Brightpoint Inc CELL:US
Cubist Pharmaceuticals Inc CBST:US 2.57
BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc BMRN:US 1.63
BioScrip Inc BIOS:US 0.98
Apollo Education Group Inc APOL:US 0.11
Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc ALXN:US -0.28
Assured Guaranty Ltd AGO:US -0.76
Alliance Data Systems Corp ADS:US 0.31
Wells Fargo & Co WFC:US 0.34
Verizon Communications Inc VZ:US -0.16
AT&T Inc T:US -0.49
Merck & Co Inc MRK:US 0.84
JPMorgan Chase & Co JPM:US 0.58
HMS Holdings Corp HMSY:US 2.23
Berkshire Hathaway Inc BRK/A:US 0.09
Bristol-Myers Squibb Co BMY:US 0.62
Bank of America Corp BAC:US 0.00
American International Group Inc AIG:US 0.26
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.