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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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#4 Best: MasterCard, +70.4%

MasterCard MACredit card issuer MasterCard (NYSE:MA) had a stellar year, and it is on pace to see a very strong end to 2011 as holiday retail sales outpace expectations. As consumers continue to use their MasterCard to process transactions, the company should keep ringing the register. That might lead to even further gains in the stock on top of the 70.4% upside MA shares have seen through the first 11 months of the year.

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