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The average stock in the Russell 3,000 is currently up 11.65% so far in 2013, and just over 75% of the stocks in the index are in positive territory for the year. Below is a list of the 50 best performing stocks in the index year to date. As shown, Keryx Biopharma (KERX) leads the way with a sizable gain of 207.25%. Orbitz Worldwide (OWW) ranks second with a gain of 155.88%, followed closely by Coronado Biosciences (CNDO) at 151.88%. Some of the more notable names on the list of big winners are Trulia (TRLA), Best Buy (BBY), Zillow (Z) and Netflix (NFLX).

Regardless of your view on these stocks, they have all posted very strong returns over the first three and a half months of 2013. Most of the names on the list are relative unknowns, so if you have some time, do some deeper digging to see what these companies do and why they are up so much.

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Source: Best Performing Russell 3,000 Stocks YTD