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.

Chemical prices have been all over the place, but fertilizers and titanium dioxide have been two very bright spots for the industry.

Here's a list of this year's top 15 performers in the chemicals industry:



YTD Return

1 Valhi (NYSE: VHI)  171.2%
2 Flotek Industries (NYSE: FTK)  86.6%
3 Terra Nitrogen (NYSE: TNH)  69.6%
4 NewMarket (NYSE: NEU)  63.9%
5 Innophos Holdings  39.6%
6 Innospec  39.0%
7 Airgas  30.8%
8 W.R. Grace  28.2%
9 FutureFuel  28.2%
10 Balchem (Nasdaq: BCPC)  23.8%
11 Tredegar  19.9%
12 LSB Industries (NYSE: LXU)  16.3%
13 RPM International (NYSE: RPM)  15.6%
14 Ecolab  15.1%
15 Praxair  14.7%

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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