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Why these 4 ASX shares have more than doubled in 2017

Year-to-date the S&P/ASX 200 (Index: ^AXJO) (ASX: XJO) is up a reasonably disappointing 2%, due largely to declines in the shares of the major banks.

Four shares which have absolutely smashed the market this year are listed below. Here’s why they have more than doubled in 2017:

The Big Un Ltd (ASX: BIG) share price has rallied 187% so far this year. The catalyst for this has been an impressive jump in cash receipts thanks to strong demand for its subscription-based video technology products and services. Big Un expects to report a 399% increase in cash receipts to $20.3 million in FY 2017. I think Big Un could be worth a closer look.

The Creso Pharma Ltd (ASX: CPH) share price has jumped 108% year-to-date. Loosening regulations has led to a big increase in investor interest in the medicinal cannabis industry. Creso Pharma aims to supply pharmaceutical-grade medicinal cannabis products for both the human and animal health markets. The company recently became the first to successfully import the first shipment of cannabis into Australia.

The Equator Resources Ltd (ASX: CO1) share price is up a staggering 140% year-to-date. Equator Resources, now known as Cobalt One, has been a big winner from the cobalt boom. As well as lithium, lithium-ion batteries require cobalt in them. Demand for these batteries to be used in electric vehicles and smart devices has sent cobalt prices sky-rocketing. Much to the delight of miners such as Cobalt One.

The SKY and Space Global Ltd (ASX: SAS) share price has surged a massive 156% in 2017. This exciting communications infrastructure company aims to deliver affordable mobile coverage to an estimated four billion people that are currently without it using a constellation of its nano-satellites. The dream is close to being a reality with the first launch due later this month. I think Sky and Space Global is certainly worth keeping on your watchlist.

Don't worry if you missed out on these huge gains, because I'm tipping these explosive growth shares for big things over the next few years. Grab them whilst you can!

Top 3 ASX Blue Chips To Buy In 2017

For many, blue chip stocks means stability, profitability and regular dividends, often fully franked..

But knowing which blue chips to buy, and when, can be fraught with danger.

The Motley Fool's in-house analyst team has poured over thousands of hours worth of proprietary research to bring you the names of "The Motley Fool's Top 3 Blue Chip Stocks for 2017."

Each one pays a fully franked dividend. Each one has not only grown its profits, but has also grown its dividend. One increased it by a whopping 33%, while another trades on a grossed up (fully franked) dividend yield of almost 7%.

If you're expecting to see the likes of Commonwealth Bank, Telstra and Wesfarmers shares on this list, you'll be sorely disappointed. Not only are their dividends growing at a snail's pace, their profits are under pressure too due to the increasing competitive environment.

The contrast to these "new breed" blue chips couldn't be greater... especially the very real prospect of significant share price gains, something that's looking less likely from the usual blue chip suspects.

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Motley Fool contributor James Mickleboro has no position in any stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool Australia has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy. This article contains general investment advice only (under AFSL 400691). Authorised by Bruce Jackson.

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