Best and Worst Stocks of 2011

By Ben Steverman - 2011-12-14T19:18:53Z

Photograph by Adam Berry/Bloomberg

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Mastercard Inc.

Industry: Commercial services-finance

Total return: 69.2 percent

MasterCard (MA) is the world's second-largest payment network, processing $2.1 trillion in credit- and debit-card purchases in 2010. In 2011, the company's rising profit and market share boosted the stock. On Nov. 2, the company reported that net income rose 38 percent amid a 21 percent rise in credit-card spending.