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The 50 Best Performing US Stocks in 2012

Below is a chart showing the average year to date percentage change for Russell 3,000 stocks in each sector.  As shown, the average 2012 change for all Russell 3,000 stocks is currently +13.80%.  Four sectors are outperforming the overall average, while six are underperforming.

Consumer Discretionary stocks are doing the best year to date with an average change of +18.12%.  Technology stocks rank second at +16.45%, followed by Health Care (15.15%) and Materials (15.13%).

After outperforming in 2011, Utilities continue to perform horribly in 2012.  As shown, the average Russell 3,000 Utilities stock is down 3.07% year to date.  Consumer Staples are doing the second worst relative to the market with an average 2012 gain of 8.82%.  Energy, Industrials, Financials and Telecom are the four other sectors underperforming the average.

Below is a list of the 50 best performing Russell 3,000 stocks year to date.  Of these 50 stocks, 14 are already up more than 100% year to date.  One stock -- Orexigen Therapeutics (OREX) -- is up more than 200% (203.73%).

Sears Holdings (SHLD), InvenSense (INVN), Bank of America (BAC), Netflix (NFLX), Lions Gate (LGF) and Smith & Wesson (SWHC) are some of the more notable names on the list of 2012 winners.

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