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.