The average Russell 3000 stock rose roughly 18% in 2012. At just 15 trading days into 2013, the average Russell 3000 stock is already up 5.44% year to date. 102 of the stocks in the Russell 3000 are already up more than 20% year to date, while nine are already up more than 50%.
Below is a list of the 40-best performing Russell 3000 stocks so far this year. As shown, Pacific Biosciences of California (NASDAQ:PACB) is up the most with a gain of 64.71%, followed closely by Sangamo Biosciences (NASDAQ:SGMO) at 64.56%. Map Pharma (NASDAQ:MAPP), Unwire Planet (UPIP), and Trulia (TRLA) round out the top five. The other four stocks that are up more than 50% so far this year are MTSN, RJET, CNDO, and BTX. A few other notables on the list of 2013's big winners are WisdomTree Investments (NASDAQ:WETF), Office Depot (NASDAQ:ODP), Krispy Kreme (NYSE:KKD), Best Buy (NYSE:BBY), and 3D Systems (NYSE:DDD).
Five of the 10 top performers are biotech stocks, which isn't a surprise given their volatile nature. The Health Care sector has the highest representation on the list, followed by Consumer Discretionary and Technology.