The best and worst stocks of 2018


One very important theme for the stock market during 2018 was the return of volatility, as investors worried about Federal Reserve tightening and President Trump’s trade dispute with China.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.72% declined 5.6% during 2018, but it was down 13.4% from the intraday high it hit on Oct. 3. Illustrating that volatility, the best performer of the year among the S&P 500 SPX, -0.61% was Advanced Micro Devices AMD, -4.52% up 79.6% for the year but which also fell 40.2% during the fourth quarter.

This was the worst year for the Dow since 2008, and the first decline for the benchmark index since 2015, when it was down 2.2%.

Read: Here’s how ugly 2018 was for stocks and other assets

Before listing this year’s stock-price winners and losers, here are price changes for the major indexes and the S&P 500 sectors:

These figures don’t include dividends.

The only two S&P 500 sectors that were up for the year through were health care and utilities. The utilities sector was the least volatile when compared to its 52-week high. The energy sector fared worst, which is also probably no surprise, as the oil-price recovery stalled. West Texas Crude oil US:CL1 slumped 25% in 2018.

Winners and losers
Dow Jones Industrial Average
Here are 2018 price changes for all 30 Dow stocks, sorted from best to worst. Only 13 of its components were up for the year:

You can click the tickers for more about each company, including news, profiles, charts, price ratios and financials.

S&P 500
Here are the 10 S&P 500 stocks that rose the most during 2018:

But 329 components — 66% of the index — declined during 2018. Here are the 10 that fell the most:

Published: Jan 4, 2019