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 -1.36
Weight Watchers International Inc WTW:US 0.00
VCA Inc WOOF:US 3.41
Waste Connections Inc WCN:US -0.51
TJX Cos Inc/The TJX:US -1.05
Teleflex Inc TFX:US -0.43
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd TEVA:IT 0.16
Sears Holdings Corp SHLD:US -0.82
SBA Communications Corp SBAC:US 0.10
EchoStar Corp SATS:US -1.71
Perrigo Co PLC PRGO:US -1.13
Priceline Group Inc/The PCLN:US -0.78
VeriFone Systems Inc PAY:US -1.79
OM Group Inc OMG:US -1.43
National Oilwell Varco Inc NOV:US -0.37
MasterCard Inc MA:US -2.27
Lorillard Inc LO:US -0.36
KKR Financial Holdings LLC KFN:US
Kaiser Aluminum Corp KALU:US 1.21
International Rectifier Corp IRF:US -4.02
Hexcel Corp HXL:US 0.39
H&R Block Inc HRB:US -0.83
HMS Holdings Corp HMSY:US -0.05
Herbalife Ltd HLF:US 0.38
GP Strategies Corp GPX:US -0.51
Finisar Corp FNSR:US -1.00
Ford Motor Co F:US -1.46
DISH Network Corp DISH:US -0.36
Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp CTSH:US 0.43
Cepheid CPHD:US -3.01
Cooper Cos Inc/The COO:US -1.01
ClickSoftware Technologies Ltd CKSW:US -0.26
Brightpoint Inc CELL:US
Cubist Pharmaceuticals Inc CBST:US -0.24
BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc BMRN:US -1.72
BioScrip Inc BIOS:US -0.27
Apollo Education Group Inc APOL:US -1.16
American International Group Inc AIG:US -1.69
Assured Guaranty Ltd AGO:US -0.93
Alliance Data Systems Corp ADS:US -0.89
Whole Foods Market Inc WFM:US -1.19
Wells Fargo & Co WFC:US -0.02
Verizon Communications Inc VZ:US 0.47
Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc VRX:CN -0.40
United Continental Holdings Inc UAL:US 4.45
AT&T Inc T:US 0.08
Merck & Co Inc MRK:US -0.22
JPMorgan Chase & Co JPM:US -0.46
eBay Inc EBAY:US -0.84
Berkshire Hathaway Inc BRK/A:US -0.47
Bristol-Myers Squibb Co BMY:US -0.59
Bank of America Corp BAC:US -0.35
Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc ALXN:US -0.07
Apple Inc AAPL:US 0.26
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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.