The Top 15 Energy Stocks of 2011

Dan Dzombak, The Motley Fool

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.

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

Company

YTD Return

1

Golar LNG (NAS: GLNG)

208.7%

2

Cabot Oil & Gas

106.3%

3

El Paso

92.0%

4

Southern Union

79.8%

5

EV Energy Partners LP (NAS: EVEP)

76.7%

6

Atlas Energy (NYS: ATLS)

65.6%

7

Parker Drilling

63.0%

8

Delek US

60.2%

9

Hornbeck Offshore Services

57.8%

10

Targa Resources

57.5%

11

Atlas Pipeline Partners (NYS: APL)

54.8%

12

Cheniere Energy (ASE: LNG)

54.2%

13

Newpark Resources (NYS: NR)

53.4%

14

ONEOK Partners

51.9%

15

Kodiak 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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