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Below we highlight the 50 best performing Russell 3,000 stocks so far this year with one month left of trading in 2012. As shown, just one stock is up more than 400% YTD (432.84%) -- BioDelivery Sciences (NASDAQ:BDSI). There are five stocks up between 300% and 400% -- ARNA, ELLI, PATK, PGTI, SNSS -- and there are thirteen stocks up between 200% and 300%. Some notables on the list of 2012's big winners include Hovnanian (NYSE:HOV), 3D Systems (NYSE:DDD), PulteGroup (NYSE:PHM), AOL (NYSE:AOL), Smith and Wesson (NASDAQ:SWHC) and Sprint (NYSE:S).

It will be interesting to see how these strong 2012 performers hold up in the final month of the year with a likely increase in capital gains taxes on the horizon in 2013.

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Source: Best Performing Russell 3000 Stocks YTD