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 0.29
Weight Watchers International Inc WTW:US -0.39
VCA Inc WOOF:US 8.99
Waste Connections Inc WCN:US -0.79
Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc VRX:CN 0.92
United Continental Holdings Inc UAL:US 0.40
TJX Cos Inc/The TJX:US -0.42
Teleflex Inc TFX:US 0.74
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd TEVA:IT 1.14
Sears Holdings Corp SHLD:US 8.40
SBA Communications Corp SBAC:US 0.88
EchoStar Corp SATS:US 0.48
Perrigo Co PLC PRGO:US 0.81
Priceline Group Inc/The PCLN:US 0.66
VeriFone Systems Inc PAY:US 1.06
OM Group Inc OMG:US 0.04
National Oilwell Varco Inc NOV:US -0.18
MasterCard Inc MA:US -0.12
Lorillard Inc LO:US 0.35
LKQ Corp LKQX:US
KKR Financial Holdings LLC KFN:US
Kaiser Aluminum Corp KALU:US -0.67
International Rectifier Corp IRF:US 0.51
Hexcel Corp HXL:US -0.25
H&R Block Inc HRB:US 0.42
HMS Holdings Corp HMSY:US 0.83
Herbalife Ltd HLF:US 0.72
GP Strategies Corp GPX:US -0.69
Finisar Corp FNSR:US -1.52
DISH Network Corp DISH:US 1.97
Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp CTSH:US 1.30
Cepheid CPHD:US 1.83
Cooper Cos Inc/The COO:US 0.69
CONMED Corp CNMD:US 2.52
ClickSoftware Technologies Ltd CKSW:US -0.97
Brightpoint Inc CELL:US
Cubist Pharmaceuticals Inc CBST:US -2.06
BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc BMRN:US 8.03
BioScrip Inc BIOS:US 2.57
Apollo Education Group Inc APOL:US 0.93
ANSYS Inc ANSS:US 0.49
American International Group Inc AIG:US 1.05
Assured Guaranty Ltd AGO:US -0.22
Alliance Data Systems Corp ADS:US 0.10
Whole Foods Market Inc WFM:US -0.84
Wells Fargo & Co WFC:US 1.19
Verizon Communications Inc VZ:US 1.14
AT&T Inc T:US 0.62
Merck & Co Inc MRK:US 1.73
JPMorgan Chase & Co JPM:US 1.17
Ford Motor Co F:US -4.31
eBay Inc EBAY:US 0.65
Berkshire Hathaway Inc BRK/A:US 0.55
Bristol-Myers Squibb Co BMY:US 2.15
Bank of America Corp BAC:US 0.72
Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc ALXN:US 2.35
Apple Inc AAPL:US 0.37
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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.

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