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Below we highlight the 30 best and worst performing stocks in the Russell 3,000 in the first quarter (>$5). Throughout the rest of the week, we'll be highlighting charts and descriptions of some of these companies.

As shown, the top stock for the quarter was BZP Resources (BZP), a production and exploration company that focuses on oil and natural gas in Peru and Ecuador. BZP was up 94.37% in Q1 and was trailed by IDIX, CAO and EBS. Walter Industries (NYSE:WLT) ranks 5th at 74.31%. Two key homebuilders made the top 30 -- MHO and HOV.

On the downside, BSC tops the list at -88%, followed by RHD, SIRF and ABK.