Here is a look at the top scorchers of the third quarter; a period where the S&P 500 gained 15% - it's best return since we were building the last stock market bubble in 2008. Who says history does not repeat itself?

In case you missed the chance to double your money in the first half of the year [Jul 1, 2009: 83 Stocks that Doubled Your Money in 1st half 2009] there were plenty of new opportunities in the 3rd quarter.

Here are the criteria used to screen out low volume or very low market cap names easily moved by rumors and innuendo. All names displayed gained at least 75% - this returned 70 companies.

Criteria

  1. Market capitalization $300M+
  2. Average trading volume 150K+
  3. Stock price $10+
  4. Return in quarter 75%+

---> So who had Targacept (TCPT) in their stock pool June 30th?

SymbolCompany Name % Price Mkt Cap
TRGTTargacept Inc 767.4 533
HGSIHuman Genome Sciences Inc 556.1 2,562
RDNRadian Group Inc 310.7 923
GCIGannett Co Inc 228.9 2,756
VCIValassis Communications Inc 193.3 862
BCBrunswick Corp 178.9 1,064
ATPGATP Oil & Gas Corporation 160.9 813
BKIBuckeye Technologies Inc 140.5 418
CARAvis Budget Group Inc 137.9 1,371
HIGHartford Financial Services 131.2 9,005
LVSLas Vegas Sands Corp 121.0 11,470
SGYStone Energy Corp 120.1 784
UFSDomtar Corp 119.0 1,573
AIXGAixtron ADR Reptg 1 Ord Shs 118.5 2,435
MTLMechel ADR Rep 3 Ord Shs 117.0 7,543
IVNIvanhoe Mines Ltd 115.8 4,853
OSKOshkosh Corp 115.3 2,331
SLXPSalix Pharmaceuticals Ltd 114.2 1,032
OMXOfficeMax Inc 108.0 996
WYNNWynn Resorts Ltd 107.5 9,018
PERPerot Systems Corp 107.3 3,592
PAYVeriFone Holdings Inc 106.9 1,313
FCE.AForest City Enterprises 106.5 2,132
SOASolutia Inc 104.7 1,403
ZUMZZumiez Inc 104.6 494
ANNAnnTaylor Stores Corp 104.3 957
RINORINO International Corp 104.1 502
AWIArmstrong World Industries Inc 103.9 1,930
MBFIMB Financial Inc 103.7 1,008
SWMSchweitzer Mauduit International 102.5 844
IREBank Of Ireland ADR 100.5 4,783
VECOVeeco Instruments Inc 98.9 750
ROCKGibraltar Industries Inc 95.8 407
MGMMGM Mirage 95.2 5,501
AIGAmerican International Group 94.9 6,086
BKDBrookdale Senior Living Inc 94.6 2,242
TXTTextron Inc 93.7 5,056
SLGSL Green Rlty REIT 91.7 3,379
MEDMedifast Inc 91.4 334
WGOWinnebago Industries Inc 90.3 411
CBTCabot Corp 88.6 1,552
PCXPatriot Coal Corp 88.4 1,086
PLProtective Life Corp 87.9 1,839
CALContinental Airlines Inc 86.5 2,043
HMINHome Inns & Hotels Management 85.7 1,166
AMAmerican Greetings Corp 85.1 852
RRDRR Donnelley & Sons Co 84.7 4,406
GFAGafisa ADR 83.9 1,972
TKTMTicketmaster Entertainment Inc 83.5 675
HEATSmartHeat Inc 82.5 302
FSYSFuel Systems Solutions Inc 81.2 643
CETVCentral European Media Enterprises 81.0 2,185
FACTFacet Biotech Corp 80.7 412
HARHarman International Industries 80.7 2,356
GRAW.R. Grace & Co 80.6 1,613
GOLGol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes SA 80.1 2,316
CYTCytec Industries Inc 79.8 1,623
MACMacerich Co 79.7 2,558
CBSCBS Corp 79.3 8,411
USGUSG Corp 79.2 1,790
RCLRoyal Caribbean Cruises Ltd 79.0 5,183
DWDrew Industries Inc 78.3 468
CPXComplete Production Services 78.1 874
GNWGenworth Financial Inc 78.0 5,389
LULUlululemon athletica inc 77.9 1,628
LAMRLamar Advertising Co 77.9 2,492
SKXSkechers USA Inc 77.8 806
HPTHosp Prop REIT 77.7 2,412
TBITrueblue Inc 76.9 650
CTBCooper Tire & Rubber Co 75.6 1,027

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