The New York Stock Exchange is one of the largest, most well-known stock exchanges in the world, boasting a storied history dating back to 1792. Today, its listed stocks have a combined market cap of more than $30 trillion. This exchange also carries a high degree of respect; due to its stringent listing standards, companies that are listed on the "Big Board" are assumed to have both credibility and prestige. This is why the majority of the 30 components that make up the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) are exclusively listed on the NYSE. (For some history about the NYSE, see The Birth Of Stock Exchanges.)

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Not surprisingly, there are a number of NYSE stocks that are way outperforming both the other companies on the exchange and the market as a whole. Let's take a look at some of this exchange's biggest year to date winners.

Stock Industry Market Cap YTD % gain
K-V Pharmaceutical Company (NYSE:KV-A) Biotechology and Drugs 0.620B 388.2%
Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE:ALU) Communication Equipment 12.01B 79.7%
Alon USA Energy, Inc. (NYSE:ALJ) Oil and Gas Operations 0.590B 82.3%
Weight Watchers International, Inc. (NYSE:WTW) Personal Services 4.61B 68.9%

The Bottom Line
With four stocks from four different industries that have yielded more than 50% returns, it's clear that the "Big Board" still has its share of market crushing stocks. (To learn more, see The NYSE And Nasdaq: How They Work.)

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