It's been a wild and volatile first half of 2009. We followed one of the worst periods in history (Jan-Feb) with one of the best (Mar-Apr)... and topped it off with a stagnant market (May-Jun) to finish off the quarter. For all this the S&P is up a staggering 1.5% for the year to date.

But if you bought some of the stocks below on Dec 31st, 2008 - went off on the long planned tripped to Tahiti (hence, not panicking in the dark days of February through early March) and just showed up today - congrats! I've pulled a group of stocks with the following criteria:


  1. Market capitalization $500M+
  2. Average trading volume 200K+
  3. Stock price $10+
  4. Return year to date 100%+

With the market capitalization requirement I mostly pulled in the larger small caps, mid cap, and large cap stocks; this generated 83 ways for you to of doubled your money. At the very bottom of the post I pulled another 23 names of the smaller cap variety - that group are names smaller than $500M in market cap but larger than $200M. Below that $200M level it really starts to get speculative.

These names are not sorted by return but by market capitalization, from largest to smallest - as always it is easier to make big bucks (or lose them) in the smaller names. Of course some of these stocks will continue to do great things in the 2nd half of 2009, others will revert to the mean and be major under performers. If you can tell which goes in which of those 2 categories, you will have a very enjoyable second half of the year. I asked my trusty Magic 8 Ball, and unfortunately this is what she said.

Blog readers will find many familiar names.... I've highlighted names we own, have once owned, or have talked about in the blog in light blue.

SymbolCompany Name% PriceMkt Cap
BCSBarclays ADR109.538,496
FCXFreeport McMoRan Copper/Gold117.520,724
WFTWeatherford International Ltd100.313,986
BIDUBaidu Inc144.710,303
SLTSterlite Industries (India) Ltd144.89,330
TCKTeck Resources Ltd240.37,820
WDCWestern Digital Corp141.05,904
STXSeagate Technology151.65,057
MDRMcDermott International Inc131.54,692
EXPEExpedia Inc (Del)112.34,589
XLXL Capital Ltd238.93,931
TXTernium SA123.83,508
CECelanese Corp112.33,424
NAVNavistar International Corp144.53,252
ANAutonation Inc104.83,108
RSReliance Steel & Aluminum101.32,826
GTGoodyear Tire & Rubber110.32,757
WFMIWhole Foods Market Inc107.92,639
CREECree Inc100.52,624
DNDNDendreon Corp457.82,571
AROAeropostale Inc119.72,313
WYNWyndham Worldwide Corp104.52,210
PALMPalm Inc402.22,210
GMCRGreen Mountain Coffee Roasters128.92,200
AKSAK Steel Holding Corp125.62,118
ASHAshland Inc194.12,076
BGCGeneral Cable Corp136.41,976
WLTWalter Energy Inc129.51,948
CTCMCTC Media Inc154.11,879
VPRTVistaPrint Ltd161.71,821
ACFAmeriCredit Corp110.31,798
SIGSignet Jewelers Ord Shs146.71,776
STARStarent Networks Corp133.11,737
RAXRackspace Hosting Inc152.21,717
YGEYingli Green Energy Holding146.41,677
JCGJ Crew Group Inc136.41,666
RVBDRiverbed Technology Inc132.91,623
PAGPenske Automotive Group151.71,569
DRQDril-Quip Inc102.31,498
BEAVBE Aerospace Inc123.31,433
TINTemple-Inland Inc204.81,366
LCAPALiberty Media Corp229.21,351
SYNASynaptics Inc156.61,314
TCThompson Creek Metals Co Inc157.91,301
EJE House China Holdings Ltd112.31,288
FCLFoundation Coal Holdings Inc123.61,281
TSRATessera Technologies Inc126.01,233
TRWTRW Automotive Holdings Corp279.61,151
STECSTEC Inc484.91,142
ASCAAmeristar Casinos Inc154.61,124
GFAGafisa ADR100.51,073
IOCInterOil Corp169.01,072
MWEMarkWest Energy Partners L P137.11,041
BWENBroadwind Energy Inc128.11,035
NEUNewMarket Corp103.51,032
TNDMNeutral Tandem Inc108.31,024
TPXTempur Pedic International Inc104.21,014
WXSWright Express Corp113.8962
PEGAPegasystems Inc128.5947
GRAW.R. Grace & Co162.4937
JNYJones Apparel Group Inc132.5904
SVNTSavient Pharmaceuticals Inc194.3881
CABCabela's Inc146.0820
BRYBerry Petroleum Co185.1820
SNXSYNNEX Corp128.1808
TSLTrina Solar Ltd206.4710
BCSIBlue Coat Systems Inc106.2673
NTGNATCO Group Inc140.1667
DIODDiodes Inc186.6662
NGLSTarga Resources Partners LP110.2661
SVVSSAVVIS Inc100.9633
GPIGroup 1 Automotive, Inc156.7618
MTHMeritage Homes Corp100.4604
TLEOTaleo Corp176.1581
APKTAcme Packet Inc123.4580
VITVanceInfo Technologies Inc221.0579
ARSTArcSight Inc164.9574
DINDineEquity Inc211.7535
OVTIOmniVision Technologies Inc121.8534
PBYPep Boys-Manny Moe & Jack176.9527
HGGhhgregg Inc107.2519
TENTenneco Inc308.4507


Now for the names in the small(er) cap category: $200M to <$500M; I've sorted these names from highest return to lowest.

SymbolCompany Name% PriceMkt Cap
VNDAVanda Pharmaceuticals Inc2,244.2325
DTGDollar Thrifty Automotive Group1,201.0293
ISLEIsle of Capri Casinos Inc370.4429
KIRKKirklands Inc360.5234
KONGKongZhong Corp239.9394
FUQIFuqi International Inc222.8435
SAHSonic Automotive Inc195.9405
COMVComverge Inc187.2282
MXWLMaxwell Technologies Inc185.9348
SPARSpartan Motors Inc154.3371
FIRESourcefire Inc150.3333
CLMSCalamos Asset Management Inc149.6278
ABGAsbury Automotive Group Inc148.1353
DMDolan Media Co137.9393
LXULSB Industries Inc127.1343
BGFVBig 5 Sporting Goods Corp120.7236
TNSTNS Inc117.2473
ORNOrion Marine Group Inc114.4428
SFLYShutterfly Inc112.0364
MYRGMYR Group Inc (Delaware)110.2414
SAIASaia Inc109.3252
CHICCharlotte Russe Holding Inc108.0267
CSIQCanadian Solar Inc104.6444