Investors know 2011 was a tough one for the markets. Between troubles at home and abroad, the market jerked in every direction with no rhyme or reason.
As of December, the S&P 500 had netted 0.9%, and it actually lost 1% if dividends aren't included, reports Bloomberg.
But not everything was a downer; there were some names that refused to acknowledge the sorry conditions around it and rose in value anyway.
There were 80 stocks in the S&P 500 that returned 20% or more in 2011 -- a figure that prompted Bloomberg to analyze S&P 500 returns as of Dec. 2 to determine which stocks were best and worst to shareholders in 2011.
Let's take a look at 2011's 10 best performers and what Bloomberg has to say about them (for the year's worst performers, click here):
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1. Cabot Oil & Gas
2. El Paso
4. Biogen Idec
5. Intuitive Surgical
7. V.F. Corporation
8. Range Resources
9. Chipotle Mexican Grill
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Kapitall's Rebecca Lipman does not own any of the shares mentioned above. Data sourced from Bloomberg and Finviz.
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