BOSTON ( TheStreet) -- General Motors' ( GM) initial public offering hogged the headlines, but other initial share sales made investors more money -- doubling returns in some cases.

The average IPO in 2010 has increased 24% from its offer price, according to Renaissance Capital. That's better than last year's 16% gain and a decline of 27% in 2008, when the global economic crisis bore down. The benchmark S&P 500 Index has risen 13% so far this year.

A total of 154 IPOs have been priced in 2010, a 144% increase from 2009. More than $38 billion in proceeds have been raised, a 76% jump from last year.

Some IPOs have rewarded investors with outsized returns, well above average. TheStreet examined the highest-returning IPOs this year, using data provided by iMetrix.


10. JinkoSolar Holding ( JKS)

Company Profile: JinkoSolar is a China-based maker of solar products, including silicon wafers, solar cells and solar modules.

IPO Date: May 13

Offer Price: JinkoSolar offered 5.8 million shares at $11 per share

Return Since IPO: 103%

Analyst Consensus: Among Wall Street analysts covering the stock, four rate JinkoSolar a "buy." One research firm says investors should hold shares, while another recommends JinkoSolar as a "sell."

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9. Fabrinet ( FN)

Company Profile: Fabrinet provides outsourced manufacturing of optical components, including optical-communication components, modules and sub-systems, industrial lasers and sensors.

IPO Date: June 24

Offer Price: Fabrinet offered 8.5 million shares at $10 per share

Return Since IPO: 111%

Analyst Consensus: Three research firms with coverage of Fabrinet rate the stock a "buy" while one other analyst says investors should hold on to shares.


8. Camelot Information Systems ( CIS)

Company Profile: Based in China, Camelot Information Systems provides enterprise-application services and financial-industry information-technology services in China.

IPO Date: July 20

Offer Price: Camelot Information Systems offered 13.3 million shares at $11 per share

Return Since IPO: 114%

Analyst Consensus: Four of the five researchers following Camelot Information Systems rate the stock a "buy." The other suggests that investors hold on to shares.

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7. Vera Bradley ( VRA)

Company Profile: Vera Bradley designs and sells handbags, accessories, and travel and leisure items for women.

IPO Date: Oct. 20

Offer Price: Vera Bradley offered 11 million shares at $16 per share

Return Since IPO: 125%

Analyst Consensus: Four of the five analysts following Vera Bradley rate the stock a "buy." The other says investors should hold on to shares.


6. Qlik Technologies ( QLIK)

Company Profile: Qlik Technologies provides business-intelligence services that may help customers make better and faster decisions.

IPO Date: July 15

Offer Price: Qlik Technologies offered 11.2 million shares at $10 per share

Return Since IPO: 165%

Analyst Consensus: Four analysts covering Qlik Technologies say investors should buy shares. Another two researchers have a "hold" rating on the stock.

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5. Youku.com ( YOKU)

Company Profile: Youku.com operates China's leading Internet television and online video portal, similar to YouTube.com

IPO Date: Dec. 7

Offer Price: Youku.com offered 15.8 million shares at $12.80 per share

Return Since IPO: 171%

Analyst Consensus: There are no analysts covering Youku.com currently.


4. BroadSoft ( BSFT)

Company Profile: BroadSoft provides software for telecom-service providers to deliver voice and multimedia over Internet protocol-based networks.

IPO Date: June 15

Offer Price: BroadSoft offered 7.5 million shares at $9 per share

Return Since IPO: 189%

Analyst Consensus: The only three analysts with coverage of BroadSoft all recommend the stock as a "buy."

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3. RealPage ( RP)

Company Profile: RealPage provides on-demand software for rental property owners and managers, enabling them to manage pricing, leasing, accounting and purchasing.

IPO Date: Aug. 11

Offer Price: RealPage offered 12.3 million shares at $11 per share

Return Since IPO: 196%

Analyst Consensus: RealPage gets high marks from analysts, with all six researchers covering the stock having "buy" recommendations.


2. HiSoft Technology International ( HSFT)

Company Profile: Based in China, HiSoft Technology provides outsourced IT and R&D services.

IPO Date: June 29

Offer Price: HiSoft Technology offered 7.4 million shares at $10 per share

Return Since IPO: 204%

Analyst Consensus: Three of four researchers following HiSoft say investors should buy shares. Another firm has a "hold" rating on the stock.

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1. Molycorp ( MCP)

Company Profile: Molycorp bills itself as the only rare earth oxide (REO) producer in the Western Hemisphere. Molycorp says it owns the world's largest, most fully developed rare earth project outside China.

IPO Date: July 28

Offer Price: Molycorp offered 28.1 million shares at $14 per share

Return Since IPO: 224%

Analyst Consensus: Following the big run higher, three of the four analysts covering Molycorp say investors should hold on to shares. The only other analyst following the company has a "buy" rating on the stock.

-- Written by Robert Holmes in Boston.

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