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The best and worst stocks of 2018

Merck leads Dow industrials gainers; AMD tops S&P 500

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By Philip van Doorn, MarketWatch


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(Updated through the market close on Dec. 31.)

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 /zigman2/quotes/210598065/realtime DJIA -1.36%  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 /zigman2/quotes/210599714/realtime SPX -0.87%  was Advanced Micro Devices /zigman2/quotes/208144392/composite AMD +1.11% , 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:

Index or S&P 500 sector Price change - 2018 Price change - 2017 Decline from 52-week high
Dow Jones Industrial Average /zigman2/quotes/210598065/realtime DJIA -5.6% 25.1% -13.4%
Nasdaq Composite Index /zigman2/quotes/210598365/realtime COMP -3.9% 28.2% -18.4%
S&P 500 /zigman2/quotes/210599714/realtime SPX -6.2% 19.4% -14.8%
S&P Mid Cap 400 /zigman2/quotes/219506813/composite MID -12.9% 14.5% -19.4%
S&P Small Cap 600 /zigman2/quotes/210599868/delayed SML   -9.8% 11.7% -23.2%
S&P Composite 1500 -6.8% 18.8% -15.0%
S&P 500 / Health Care 4.7% 20.0% -9.6%
S&P 500 / Utilities 0.5% 8.3% -6.4%
S&P 500 / Consumer Discretionary -0.5% 21.2% -16.8%
S&P 500 / Information Technology -1.6% 36.9% -18.3%
S&P 500 / Real Estate - SEC -5.6% 7.2% -9.5%
S&P 500 / Consumer Staples -11.2% 10.5% -13.8%
S&P 500 / Financials -14.7% 20.0% -21.0%
S&P 500 / Industrials -15.0% 18.5% -20.1%
S&P 500 / Communication Services -16.4% -6.0% -17.9%
S&P 500 / Materials -16.4% 21.4% -21.2%
S&P 500 / Energy -20.5% -3.8% -26.8%
Source: FactSet

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 /zigman2/quotes/211629951/delayed CL.1 +0.12%  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:

Company Ticker Price change - 2018 Price change - 2017 Decline from 52-week high
Merck & Co. /zigman2/quotes/209956077/composite MRK 35.8% -4.4% -4.7%
Pfizer Inc. /zigman2/quotes/202877789/composite PFE 20.5% 11.5% -6.1%
Microsoft Corp. /zigman2/quotes/207732364/composite MSFT 18.7% 37.7% -12.6%
Nike Inc. Class B /zigman2/quotes/203439053/composite NKE 18.5% 23.1% -13.8%
Visa Inc. Class A /zigman2/quotes/203660239/composite V 15.7% 46.1% -12.9%
Cisco Systems Inc. C /zigman2/quotes/209509471/composite CSCO 13.1% 26.7% -12.4%
UnitedHealth Group Inc. /zigman2/quotes/210453738/composite UNH 13.0% 37.8% -13.5%
Boeing Co. /zigman2/quotes/208579720/composite BA 9.4% 89.4% -18.2%
Verizon Communications Inc. /zigman2/quotes/204980236/composite VZ 6.2% -0.8% -8.7%
Coca-Cola Co. /zigman2/quotes/209159848/composite KO 3.2% 10.7% -6.9%
McDonald's Corp. /zigman2/quotes/203508018/composite MCD 3.2% 41.4% -7.0%
Walt Disney Co. /zigman2/quotes/203410047/composite DIS 2.0% 3.2% -8.8%
Intel Corp. /zigman2/quotes/203649727/composite INTC 1.7% 27.3% -18.5%
Procter & Gamble Co. /zigman2/quotes/202894679/composite PG 0.0% 9.3% -5.1%
American Express Co. /zigman2/quotes/203805826/composite AXP -4.0% 34.1% -16.8%
Walmart Inc. /zigman2/quotes/207374728/composite WMT -5.7% 42.9% -15.3%
Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. /zigman2/quotes/203410933/composite WBA -5.9% -12.3% -20.8%
Apple Inc. /zigman2/quotes/202934861/composite AAPL -6.7% 46.1% -32.4%
Johnson & Johnson /zigman2/quotes/201724570/composite JNJ -7.6% 21.3% -13.4%
JPMorgan Chase & Co. /zigman2/quotes/205971034/composite JPM -8.7% 23.9% -18.2%
Home Depot Inc. /zigman2/quotes/208081807/composite HD -9.3% 41.4% -20.2%
Travelers Cos. /zigman2/quotes/206313935/composite TRV -11.7% 10.8% -20.5%
Chevron Corp. /zigman2/quotes/205871374/composite CVX -13.1% 6.4% -18.7%
United Technologies Corp. -16.5% 16.4% -26.1%
Exxon Mobil Corp. /zigman2/quotes/204455864/composite XOM -18.5% -7.3% -23.6%
3M Co. /zigman2/quotes/205029460/composite MMM -19.0% 31.8% -26.7%
Caterpillar Inc. /zigman2/quotes/203434128/composite CAT -19.4% 69.9% -26.7%
DowDuPont Inc. -24.9% 24.5% -30.6%
International Business Machines Corp. /zigman2/quotes/203856914/composite IBM -25.9% -7.6% -33.6%
Goldman Sachs Group Inc. /zigman2/quotes/209237603/composite GS -34.4% 6.4% -39.3%
Source: FactSet

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:

Company Ticker Price change - 2018 Price change - 2017 Decline from 52-week high
Advanced Micro Devices Inc. /zigman2/quotes/208144392/composite AMD 79.6% -9.3% -45.9%
Abiomed Inc. /zigman2/quotes/202106417/composite ABMD 73.4% 66.3% -29.3%
Fortinet Inc. /zigman2/quotes/205733290/composite FTNT 61.2% 45.1% -25.4%
Advance Auto Parts Inc. /zigman2/quotes/202065737/composite AAP 57.9% -41.1% -15.4%
TripAdvisor Inc. /zigman2/quotes/206118480/composite TRIP 56.5% -25.7% -21.8%
Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. /zigman2/quotes/200781108/composite CMG 49.4% -23.4% -18.6%
Keysight Technologies Inc. /zigman2/quotes/207530903/composite KEYS 49.2% 13.8% -11.8%
Red Hat Inc. 46.2% 72.3% -2.1%
O'Reilly Automotive Inc. /zigman2/quotes/207206119/composite ORLY 43.1% -13.6% -5.2%
Boston Scientific Corp. /zigman2/quotes/203726728/composite BSX 42.6% 14.6% -10.4%
Source: FactSet
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$ 228.88
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$ 58.54
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Rev. per Employee
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Rev. per Employee
$243,109
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$2116.83 billion
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$ 106.70
-2.87 -2.62%
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Dividend Yield
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Market Cap
$211.26 billion
Rev. per Employee
$1.98M
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$ 60.59
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Dividend Yield
5.74%
Market Cap
$264.93 billion
Rev. per Employee
$2.47M
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$ 203.72
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2.91%
Market Cap
$120.18 billion
Rev. per Employee
$338,825
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1.72%
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$132.90 billion
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$429,044
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4.55%
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$130.61 billion
Rev. per Employee
$196,163
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$ 359.92
-8.76 -2.38%
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1.39%
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$125.43 billion
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$1.31M
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US : U.S.: Nasdaq
$ 76.83
+0.84 +1.11%
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P/E Ratio
32.66
Dividend Yield
N/A
Market Cap
$92.33 billion
Rev. per Employee
$774,841
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$ 280.30
-2.42 -0.86%
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May 11, 2021 4:00p
P/E Ratio
56.80
Dividend Yield
N/A
Market Cap
$12.79 billion
Rev. per Employee
N/A
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$ 206.51
+2.22 +1.09%
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May 11, 2021 4:00p
P/E Ratio
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Dividend Yield
N/A
Market Cap
$33.36 billion
Rev. per Employee
$314,931
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US : U.S.: NYSE
$ 204.21
-4.38 -2.10%
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P/E Ratio
28.57
Dividend Yield
1.96%
Market Cap
$13.65 billion
Rev. per Employee
$148,622
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US : U.S.: Nasdaq
$ 45.45
+0.75 +1.68%
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May 11, 2021 4:00p
P/E Ratio
N/A
Dividend Yield
0.00%
Market Cap
$6.12 billion
Rev. per Employee
$232,666
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US : U.S.: NYSE
$ 1,393.25
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May 11, 2021 4:02p
P/E Ratio
97.82
Dividend Yield
N/A
Market Cap
$39.18 billion
Rev. per Employee
$68,007
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US : U.S.: NYSE
$ 138.93
-0.97 -0.69%
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May 11, 2021 4:03p
P/E Ratio
41.21
Dividend Yield
N/A
Market Cap
$26.03 billion
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$303,669
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$ 559.83
-2.64 -0.47%
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May 11, 2021 4:00p
P/E Ratio
21.02
Dividend Yield
N/A
Market Cap
$39.24 billion
Rev. per Employee
$149,106
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$ 42.53
-0.72 -1.66%
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May 11, 2021 4:00p
P/E Ratio
434.87
Dividend Yield
N/A
Market Cap
$61.45 billion
Rev. per Employee
$260,868
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