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10 Worst-Performing Dow Stocks of 2011

Sometimes it just isn’t your year.

And 2011 wasn't the greatest of years for some of the world's most iconic companies, particularly for tech firms such as Cisco Systems and HP that have delivered massive returns to shareholders for years.

However, comparing these select 30 stocks’ performance against one another over a one-year period is hardly a comprehensive or “fair” method to evaluate each company’s long- or short-term prospects.

For the year, the Dow is up just over 6%.

They say success has a million fathers but failure is an orphan. Here’s hoping you or your clients were holding a large position in these Dow stocks this year.

Also see: The 10 Best-Performing Dow Stocks of 2011