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A couple of posts ago, we provided a table showing year-to-date asset class performance. Below we take a look at the best performing stocks so far in 2011. A total of 36 stocks in the Russell 3,000 are up more than 90% year to date. As shown, Ampio Pharmaceuticals (AMPE) is up the most in 2011 with a gain of 224.58%. Biolase (BLTI) ranks second with a gain of 199.62%, followed by Global Crossing (GLBC), Oncothyreon (ONTY), Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (GMCR), Pharmasset (VRUS), and Glu Mobile (GLUU). Other notables on the list of big winners so far in 2011 include Level 3 Communications (LVLT), Hansen Medical (HNSN), 8x8 (EGHT), Weight Watchers (WTW), Select Comfort (SCSS), Vonage (VG), and MicroStrategy (MSTR).

We continuously monitor the list of best performing stocks to identify potential momentum plays. It's easy to feel like you've missed the boat when you see a stock up over 100% in a six-month period, but rest assured that you'll find many of the names on the list below on the list of best performers at the end of the year as well.

Source: The Best Performing U.S. Stocks at the Halfway Point