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5 Best and Worst S&P 500 Stocks of 2011

A look at the biggest stock duds and market heroes of the year

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#5 Best: Intuitive Surgical, +69%

Intuitive Surgical ISRGMedical device maker Intuitive Surgical‘s (NASDAQ:ISRG) marquee product is the da Vinci Surgical System, which uses wrist-operated instruments and 3D visual technology. The growing popularity of the da Vinci system among doctors has helped make this S&P 500 stock grow a healthy 69% in 2011.

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