Best and Worst ETFs of 2011

By Ben Steverman - 2011-12-20T03:31:39Z

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Vanguard Utilities ETF

Total return: 14.9%

Fund company: Vanguard Group

Industry focus: Utility sector

Fund ticker/Total assets: VPU, $981 million

Top holdings, with 2011 total return:

Southern Co. (SO), +20%

Dominion Resources (D), +23%

Exelon Corp. (EXC), +9.3%

According to a Dec. 18 report from CreditSights, U.S. utilities have improved their financial health. In 2012, the report said, "we would expect them to offer attractive total returns for conservative investors in difficult times."