The Russell 3,000 is currently up 4.97% year to date, yet the average stock in the index is up 3.98% so far in 2012. This means that the bigger stocks in the market cap weighted index have been doing better than the smaller stocks.
Below is a list of the 35 best performing Russell 3,000 stocks year to date, which are all up more than 75%. There are 16 stocks in the index that are up more than 100% year to date. Arena Pharma (ARNA) is leading the way at 220.86%, followed by Ellie Mae (ELLI) at 175.22% and Vivus (VVUS) at 152.21%. Amylin Pharma (AMLN) and US Airways (LCC) round out the top five. Other notables on the list of 2012's big winners (so far) include Vertex Pharma (VRTX), AOL, Zillow (Z), Sears (SHLD) and TripAdvisor (TRIP).