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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 0.37
Weight Watchers International Inc WTW:US 2.73
VCA Inc WOOF:US -0.36
Whole Foods Market Inc WFM:US -0.38
Wells Fargo & Co WFC:US -0.43
Waste Connections Inc WCN:US -0.46
Verizon Communications Inc VZ:US -0.61
Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc VRX:CN -0.54
United Continental Holdings Inc UAL:US 0.75
TJX Cos Inc/The TJX:US 0.00
Teleflex Inc TFX:US -0.68
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd TEVA:IT 0.16
AT&T Inc T:US -0.71
Sears Holdings Corp SHLD:US -0.15
SBA Communications Corp SBAC:US -0.14
EchoStar Corp SATS:US -0.57
Perrigo Co PLC PRGO:US -0.64
Priceline Group Inc/The PCLN:US -0.57
VeriFone Systems Inc PAY:US -1.61
OM Group Inc OMG:US 0.06
National Oilwell Varco Inc NOV:US -0.74
Merck & Co Inc MRK:US -2.65
MasterCard Inc MA:US -1.50
Lorillard LLC LO:US
Kaiser Aluminum Corp KALU:US -1.20
JPMorgan Chase & Co JPM:US -0.17
International Rectifier Corp IRF:US
Hexcel Corp HXL:US -1.05
H&R Block Inc HRB:US -0.96
HMS Holdings Corp HMSY:US -1.72
Herbalife Ltd HLF:US -0.76
GP Strategies Corp GPX:US 0.29
Finisar Corp FNSR:US -1.65
Ford Motor Co F:US -0.22
eBay Inc EBAY:US -0.35
DISH Network Corp DISH:US -0.45
Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp CTSH:US -1.11
Cepheid CPHD:US -0.93
Cooper Cos Inc/The COO:US -0.19
ClickSoftware Technologies Ltd CKSW:US
Brightpoint Inc CELL:US
Cubist Pharmaceuticals Inc CBST:US
Berkshire Hathaway Inc BRK/A:US -1.64
Bristol-Myers Squibb Co BMY:US -1.25
BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc BMRN:US -1.33
BioScrip Inc BIOS:US -1.22
Bank of America Corp BAC:US -0.83
Apollo Education Group Inc APOL:US -1.22
Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc ALXN:US -1.20
American International Group Inc AIG:US -0.97
Assured Guaranty Ltd AGO:US 0.04
Alliance Data Systems Corp ADS:US -0.84
Apple Inc AAPL:US -0.55
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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.