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:
First Majestic Silver
|7||Allied Nevada Gold||21.5%|
|9||Harmony Gold Mining||21.2%|
|11||Fortuna Silver Mines||17.2%|
|13||Extorre Gold Mines||11.7%|
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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