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
Weight Watchers International Inc WTW:US 3.24
VCA Inc WOOF:US -0.75
Waste Connections Inc WCN:US -2.63
United Continental Holdings Inc UAL:US -1.23
TJX Cos Inc/The TJX:US -0.73
Teleflex Inc TFX:US -1.07
Sears Holdings Corp SHLD:US -3.25
SBA Communications Corp SBAC:US -1.86
EchoStar Corp SATS:US -1.50
Perrigo Co PLC PRGO:US -2.24
Priceline Group Inc/The PCLN:US -1.07
VeriFone Systems Inc PAY:US -4.28
OM Group Inc OMG:US -2.21
National Oilwell Varco Inc NOV:US -0.84
MasterCard Inc MA:US -2.32
Lorillard Inc LO:US -1.19
KKR Financial Holdings LLC KFN:US
Kaiser Aluminum Corp KALU:US -0.10
International Rectifier Corp IRF:US -4.02
Hexcel Corp HXL:US -1.64
H&R Block Inc HRB:US -0.96
HMS Holdings Corp HMSY:US -0.54
Herbalife Ltd HLF:US -6.14
Finisar Corp FNSR:US -1.30
eBay Inc EBAY:US -0.75
DISH Network Corp DISH:US -1.31
Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp CTSH:US -1.82
Cepheid CPHD:US -2.71
Cooper Cos Inc/The COO:US -1.38
ClickSoftware Technologies Ltd CKSW:US -0.39
Brightpoint Inc CELL:US
Cubist Pharmaceuticals Inc CBST:US -1.23
BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc BMRN:US 1.19
BioScrip Inc BIOS:US -1.71
Apollo Education Group Inc APOL:US -1.86
Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc ALXN:US -2.87
American International Group Inc AIG:US -2.02
Assured Guaranty Ltd AGO:US -1.85
Alliance Data Systems Corp ADS:US -3.02
LKQ Corp LKQ:US 3.26
Whole Foods Market Inc WFM:US -2.25
Wells Fargo & Co WFC:US -2.30
Verizon Communications Inc VZ:US -2.59
Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc VRX:CN -6.98
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd TEVA:IT -1.60
AT&T Inc T:US -2.12
Merck & Co Inc MRK:US -2.31
JPMorgan Chase & Co JPM:US -2.10
GP Strategies Corp GPX:US 14.47
Ford Motor Co F:US -2.52
Berkshire Hathaway Inc BRK/A:US -1.87
Bristol-Myers Squibb Co BMY:US -0.98
Bank of America Corp BAC:US -2.12
Apple Inc AAPL:US -2.60
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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.