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Small-cap stock indexes were stuck in the same rut that gripped the large caps on Thursday: The release of a flood of the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserves that crashed crude prices, a weak outlook from the Fed, wars, unemployment and countless other woes.

Still, the Russell 2000 Index was off just 0.74%, while the S&P Small Cap 600 Index was down 0.85%. Both were performing slightly better than the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 Index.

Today's Top Performing Small Cap Stocks (Data provided by Yahoo Finance):

Ticker

Company Name

Today's Price

%Change

EPM

Evolution Petroleum

$7.09

8.9%

LLEN

L&L Energy

$5.08

8.3%

SKY

Skyline Corp.

$15.45

7.8%

CVCO

Cavco Industries

$41.36

4.8%

QPSA

Quepasa

$6.41

4.7%

Evolution Petroleum: The explorer that goes after oil left in inactive wells got a mention in a Forbes article about "good times ahead under rocks," which helped get it off to a strong start.

L&L Energy: The stock of this U.S.-headquartered miner with operations in China's Yunnan and Guizhou provinces is down 52% year-to-date, but could be rising on an earlier announcement of that nation's coal plans.

Skyline Corp.: This maker of manufactured housing and recreational vehicles could see more demand for its products because of all the natural disasters that have struck the U.S. this year. Shares peaked in December at twice the current price. It does pay a dividend, with the June 30 payout yielding 4.3%.

Cavco Industries: Shares of another maker of manufactured homes also was on the rise, and is up 13.4% in the past 12 months.

Quepasa: The operator of a social site for young Hispanics is joining the Russell 3000 on Friday.

Source: Small-Cap Stocks: 5 of the Best Performers Thursday