Best and Worst Performing Stocks Seven Months Into 2008

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 |  Includes: AMBC, ANRZQ, APPX, AVAN, CLF, CLR, CRBC, CRD.B, CROX, CWEI, CYBX, DTG, DWNFQ, EBS, EGT, ENER, FED, FINL, FMCC, FMD, FSYS, GDPM, GFG-OLD, GHM, GHS, HUSA, IDARQ, IDIX, IDT, IPHS, ISYS, JRCCQ, KEM, LEE, LNG, MDTL, MEE, MFGLQ, MMR, MNTA, PCXCQ, PEIX, PMIR, RDN, RHDC, SIRF, SQNM, TITN, UAUA, URRE, WLT
by: Bespoke Investment Group

We're now well into the back half of 2008, and below we highlight the stocks that have managed to buck the market downtrend this year and see big gains.  Twenty-six stocks in the Russell 3,000 are up more than 100% this year, with Finish Line (NASDAQ:FINL) leading the gains at 348%.  FINL is followed by James River Coal (JRCC) at 246%, Idenix Pharma (NASDAQ:IDIX) at 217%, and Alpha Natural Resources (ANR) at 210%.  JRCC had been the top performer, but it has come in significantly since we posted on it in June. 

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Sixty-five percent of the stocks in the Russell 3,000 are down year to date, but the ones below are down the most.  RH Donnelley (RHD) leads the way at -96%, followed by GHS, IAR, DSL, LNG and CROX.  As the year comes to a close, the questions for these companies will not be how much they're down, but if they're still around. 

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