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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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Source: Best Performing U.S. Stocks Year to Date