The Top 15 Energy Stocks of 2011

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 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:

 

Company

YTD Return

1Golar LNG (NAS: GLNG)  208.7%
2Cabot Oil & Gas 106.3%
3El Paso 92.0%
4Southern Union 79.8%
5EV Energy Partners LP (NAS: EVEP)  76.7%
6Atlas Energy (NYS: ATLS)  65.6%
7Parker Drilling 63.0%
8Delek US 60.2%
9Hornbeck Offshore Services 57.8%
10Targa Resources 57.5%
11Atlas Pipeline Partners (NYS: APL)  54.8%
12Cheniere Energy (ASE: LNG)  54.2%
13Newpark Resources (NYS: NR)  53.4%
14ONEOK Partners 51.9%
15Kodiak Oil & Gas (NYS: KOG)  50.0%

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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