NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- The stock market in the second half of 2011 is proving to be so volatile, it's best to stick with companies that can grow despite the soft patch in the economy, says Evan Bauman, manager of the Legg Mason ClearBridge Aggressive Growth Fund (SHRAX). He favors companies like Biogen Idec (BIIB - Get Report) and SanDisk (SNDK - Get Report).The mutual fund, which garners two of five stars from Morningstar (MORN), has returned over 35% in the past year, putting it in Morningstar's 6th percentile for large-cap growth funds. During the past three years, the ClearBridge Aggressive Growth Fund has returned an annual average of 7.5%, placing it in the top 17% of all funds in this category.
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