It's been a pretty rough year for stock investors, with the S&P basically ending flat in 2011. While the general market went nowhere last year, quite a few stocks poured in monster performances.
After a volatile year, gold was up 10% going into the last week of 2011, while silver was down 4%. Copper was one of the largest losers, with a 34% drop. Most gold and silver miners have been lagging their respective metals.
While the metals didn't move up much this year, some miners have made up significant ground. Here's a list of this year's top 15 performers in the metals and mining industry:
|1||Haynes International (Nasdaq: HAYN )||35.6%|
|2||Endeavour Silver (NYSE: EXK )||35.2%|
|4||Royal Gold (Nasdaq: RGLD )||26.7%|
|5||Randgold Resources (Nasdaq: GOLD )||26.4%|
|6||First Majestic Silver (NYSE: AG )||24.0%|
|7||Allied Nevada Gold||21.5%|
|8||Yamana Gold (NYSE: AUY )||21.4%|
|9||Harmony Gold Mining||21.2%|
|11||Fortuna Silver Mines||17.2%|
|13||Extorre Gold Mines||11.7%|
|14||Gold Fields (NYSE: GFI )||9.8%|
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Only includes companies listed on U.S. exchanges with a market capitalization greater than $500 million.
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