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 an interactive slideshow counting down the 10 worst-performing Dow stocks of 2011.

Also see: The Best-Performing Dow Stocks of 2011