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I want to give a hat tip to TraderMark over at Fundmymutualfund.com for assembling this list. 2008 was a chaotic year, to say the least, and with indexes down huge on the year, there weren't many rays of light in the abyss known as the 2008 stock market.

The following though, is a list of some of best performing stocks for the year of 2008:

Symbol Company Name % Price
EBS Emergent BioSolutions Inc. 382.0
SQNM Sequenom Inc. 108.4
VRX Valeant Pharmaceuticals Int'l 84.4
ALO Alpharma Inc. 77.9
THOR Thoratec Corp 73.7
RGLD Royal Gold Inc. 59.9
DLTR Dollar Tree Inc. 59.2
VPHM ViroPharma Inc. 52.6
ALGT Allegiant Travel Co. 45.0
CFFN Capitol Federal Financial 44.3
GTIV Gentiva Health Services Inc. 41.8
RNT Aaron Rents Inc. 41.0
DSCP Datascope Corp. 40.8
FFIN First Financial Bankshares Inc. 40.1
CMP Compass Minerals International Inc. 39.6
MYGN Myriad Genetics Inc. 39.4
FBP First BanCorp (Puerto Rico) 38.6
QSII Quality Systems Inc. 38.2
PNRA Panera Bread Co. 37.7
ORH Odyssey Re Holdings Corp. 37.0
SQM Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile 32.2
FDO Family Dollar Stores Inc. 30.7
LG Laclede Group Inc. 29.3
UST UST Inc. 27.5
RKT Rock-Tenn Co. 26.1
CRK Comstock Resources Inc. 25.1
FNFG First Niagara Financial Group Inc. 24.3
VRTX Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc. 23.7
HRB H&R Block Inc. 23.1
INT World Fuel Services Corp. 23.0
DNA Genentech Inc. 22.5
LMNX Luminex Corp. 22.0
AMGN Amgen Inc. 21.1
CWT California Water Service Group 20.8
STBA S&T Bancorp Inc. 19.7
SF Stifel Financial Corp. 18.8
EMS Emergency Medical Services Corp. 18.7
OCR Omnicare Inc. 17.8
STRA Strayer Education Inc. 17.8
FNF Fidelity National Financial Inc. 16.4
EW Edwards Lifesciences Corp. 16.1
PNY Piedmont Natural Gas Inc. 16.1
MANT ManTech International Corp. 16.1
CBST Cubist Pharmaceuticals Inc. 16.1
UMBF UMB Financial Corp.. 16.0
WMT Wal-Mart Stores Inc 15.9
ROST Ross Stores Inc. 15.7
GOLD Randgold Resources ADR 15.6
DCM NTT DoComo Sponsored ADR 15.4
BNCL Beneficial Mutual Bancorp Inc. 15.4
NFS Nationwide Financial Services Inc. 15.3

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Source: 2008 Stock Market: 51 Rays of Light