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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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Best of 2011 2012The S&P 500 Index is considered the go-to broad measure of the U.S. domestic equity market. Its 500 components represent the biggest stocks in the market, and they also represent a cross section of the universe of stocks from virtually every major market sector.

In what has proven to be an extremely volatile year for the market, it might come as no surprise that the S&P 500 saw some really big winners — and some very big losers — in 2011. So, what names top the “best” and “worst” list this year? Here are the top five heroes and top five villains in the S&P 500 through the first 11 months of the year.

Let’s start with the good news first:

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