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.
With oil prices remaining high and natural gas prices continuing to fall, these gainers were mainly the result of companies rebounding much more strongly than investors expected.
Here's a list of this year's top 15 performers in the energy industry:
|2||Cabot Oil & Gas||106.3%|
EV Energy Partners LP
|9||Hornbeck Offshore Services||57.8%|
Atlas Pipeline Partners
Kodiak Oil & Gas
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Only includes companies listed on U.S. exchanges with a market capitalization greater than $500 million.
The past year in energy certainly has had its ups and downs, but these 15 companies finished ahead of the pack.
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