Best Performing U.S. Stocks Year to Date

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Includes: ABMD, ACHI, ALJ, ARUN, ASGR, BAS, BODY, BSFT, CLDA, CPST, CRIS, CSU, DK, DSCM, FTO, GILD, GLNG, GMCR, GPOR, GTLS, HCN, HEES, HERO, ICOG, IO, IPGP, JAZZ, LNG, LVLT, LXU, MTW, NWY, OLED, PWAV, RCPI, REV, RHB, ROIAK, SD, SGI, SHS, TBL, TNAV, TZOO, VG, WNR, WTW
by: Bespoke Investment Group

The average stock in the Russell 3,000 is currently up 5% year to date, but the 47 stocks below are all up 50% or more so far this year. Four stocks in the Russell 3,000 are up more than 100% so far in 2011 -- Sunrise Senior Living (SRZ), Silicon Graphics (NASDAQ:SGI), Alon USA Energy (NYSE:ALJ), and Star Scientific (CIGX). Sunrise Senior Living -- up the most of any stock YTD -- is in the Health Care Equipment and Services group, and there are six other names in this group that are up at least 50% this year. Energy and Technology Hardware and Equipment are two other groups that are well represented on the list of best performers year to date.

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