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Below we highlight the best performing stocks in the Russell 3,000 year to date. As shown, First Solar (NASDAQ:FSLR) leads the list at +495%, followed by Onyx Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:ONXX) at +437%, TBS International (NASDAQ:TBSI) at +383%, Rural Cellular (RCCC) +237%, and CF Industries (NYSE:CF) at +211%. These are the only stocks in the index that are up more than 200% year to date.

Back on October 16th, we highlighted the same list of best performers. At the time, 12 stocks were up more than 200% on the year, with TBS International up the most at 629%. Below we provide the list of best performers as it stood on October 16th, and include each stock's percentage change since then. There has clearly been some profit taking in the best performing names as investors try to lock in gains. Crocs (NASDAQ:CROX) has declined the most since 10/16 at -49%, followed by VASCO Data Security International (NASDAQ:VDSI) at -47.6% and Bionovo (OTC:BNVI) at -45%.

Source: Best Performers YTD