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These Highfliers Almost Bit the Dust

We take a look at the best performing stocks of 2009.

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As 2009 comes to a close, we've been digging through our databases to see what worked--and what didn't--this year. First up, are the stocks that had the best year.

Given how aggressively the market bounced from its March lows, we weren't surprised that there were many stocks that returned more than 400% and even a few that broke the 1,000% return level. The top performers are spread out across industries from auto part manufacturers to biotech firms.

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Jeremy Glaser does not own shares in any of the securities mentioned above. Find out about Morningstar’s editorial policies.