The 10 Top-Performing Stocks Of 2019

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The S&P 500 index has been faring well in 2019–up 17% year to date—and has successfully recovered from the sharp drop witnessed in December 2018, when the index dropped to its 10-year low due to uncertainty over the Fed's policy. Consumer, technology, financial services and energy sector companies make up the 10 stocks that have shown the greatest surge in stock prices this year with consumer and tech leading the way.

The best-performing sectors so far this year are significantly different from 2018. According to Lindsey Bell, an investment strategist at CFRA, 2018 was a "weak year and nine of the 11 sectors declined. The only two that showed gains were healthcare and utilities." On the other hand, in the first half of 2019 "information technology continues to lead, up 23% on a year-to-date basis, you've got real estate doing really well up 20%, and then consumer discretionary up 18%."

The top performing stocks this year so far are:


1) Coty Inc. (COTY)

Year-to-date return: 99.39%

Current Price: $13.02

The top performing stock this year to date is beauty brand Coty. Shares surged this year after its second-quarter earnings report revealed that the company outperformed estimates in revenue and earnings per share. The stock's value jumped 58% in the stock’s value in just six days. Another increase in price followed the board's announcement of a quarterly cash dividend of $0.125 per common share on May 8th 2019, and since then Coty retains a cautious upward trend.

2) Xerox Corporation (XRX)

Year-to-date return: 78.44%

Current Price: $34.98

Printing giant Xerox provides workplace software, document management and digital printing technologies to businesses. The company’s stock price has increased by 74.19% this year to date, with few and relatively unimportant price dips. A major 15.9% price surge occurred at the end of January, after the first-quarter earnings call. Otherwise, the stock’s growth has been solid but gradual over the past five months, and the company has been successfully recovering from a 31.2% fall last December, which was a broader trend on the S&P. More recently, there was a brief decline at the end of May, which Xerox rapidly recovered from, and now the stock is growing steadily.

3) Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG)

Year-to-date return: 68.33%

Current Price: $725.89

Chipotle’s stock is third on the list, as it rose by 71.52% so far this year. The company's stock price has been increasing steadily, with an 11.4% rise on February 7th after the 4Q18 earnings call on the previous day. The end of May and the beginning of June saw a decline in the stock price, attributable to the fear of higher costs due to tariff threats, which the company rapidly recovered from. The Mexican fast food company announced, on February 8, the opening of its 2,500th branch and claims to be “the only restaurant company of its size that owns and operates all its restaurants.” Today, the company’s stock price maintains a steady increasing trend.

4) Cadence Design Systems (CDNS)

Year-to-date return: 64.14%

Current Price: $71.65

Cadence Design Systems is a software company whose stock has risen by 64.14% so far this year. Shares have increased steadily except for a small dip in April and a more significant one at the end of May, both of which were a broader trend on the S&P. The stock has since recovered from these temporary price falls and has been once again increasing steadily.

5) Anadarko Petroleum Corporation (APC)

Year-to-date return: 60.38%

Current Price: $70.32

Anadarko Petroleum is a Texas-based energy company specializing in hydrocarbon exploration. This company's stock growth—60.38% this year so far—has been anything but consistent. The stock surged in April, first by 32% in a day after the announcement of its acquisition by oil giant Chevron, and again by 11.6% following the confirmation of a proposal from Occidental Petroleum stating that APC shareholders would receive $38.00 in cash and 0.6094 shares of Occidental common stock for each share of Anadarko common stock. Anadarko's price has been stable since mid-May and is holding on to April's steep gains.

6) Total System Services (TSS)

Year-to-date return: 58.61%

Current Price: $128.77

7) Dentsply Sirona Inc. (XRAY)

Year-to-date return: 58.24%

Current Price: $57.86

8) Advanced Micro Devices (AMD)

Year-to-date return: 57.64%

Current Price: $29.27

9) MSCI (MSCI)

Year-to-date return: 57.63%

Current Price: $234.33

10) DISH Network Corporation (DISH)

Year-to-date return: 56.19%

Current Price: $38.57

Prices as of June 24, 2019 at 1:48 pm.

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The S&P 500 index has been faring well in 2019–up 17% year to date—and has successfully recovered from the sharp drop witnessed in December 2018, when the index dropped to its 10-year low due to uncertainty over the Fed's policy. Consumer, technology, financial services and energy sector companies make up the 10 stocks that have shown the greatest surge in stock prices this year with consumer and tech leading the way.

The best-performing sectors so far this year are significantly different from 2018. According to Lindsey Bell, an investment strategist at CFRA, 2018 was a "weak year and nine of the 11 sectors declined. The only two that showed gains were healthcare and utilities." On the other hand, in the first half of 2019 "information technology continues to lead, up 23% on a year-to-date basis, you've got real estate doing really well up 20%, and then consumer discretionary up 18%."

The top performing stocks this year so far are:


1) Coty Inc. (COTY)

Year-to-date return: 99.39%

Current Price: $13.02

The top performing stock this year to date is beauty brand Coty. Shares surged this year after its second-quarter earnings report revealed that the company outperformed estimates in revenue and earnings per share. The stock's value jumped 58% in the stock’s value in just six days. Another increase in price followed the board's announcement of a quarterly cash dividend of $0.125 per common share on May 8th 2019, and since then Coty retains a cautious upward trend.

2) Xerox Corporation (XRX)

Year-to-date return: 78.44%

Current Price: $34.98

Printing giant Xerox provides workplace software, document management and digital printing technologies to businesses. The company’s stock price has increased by 74.19% this year to date, with few and relatively unimportant price dips. A major 15.9% price surge occurred at the end of January, after the first-quarter earnings call. Otherwise, the stock’s growth has been solid but gradual over the past five months, and the company has been successfully recovering from a 31.2% fall last December, which was a broader trend on the S&P. More recently, there was a brief decline at the end of May, which Xerox rapidly recovered from, and now the stock is growing steadily.

3) Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG)

Year-to-date return: 68.33%

Current Price: $725.89

Chipotle’s stock is third on the list, as it rose by 71.52% so far this year. The company's stock price has been increasing steadily, with an 11.4% rise on February 7th after the 4Q18 earnings call on the previous day. The end of May and the beginning of June saw a decline in the stock price, attributable to the fear of higher costs due to tariff threats, which the company rapidly recovered from. The Mexican fast food company announced, on February 8, the opening of its 2,500th branch and claims to be “the only restaurant company of its size that owns and operates all its restaurants.” Today, the company’s stock price maintains a steady increasing trend.

4) Cadence Design Systems (CDNS)

Year-to-date return: 64.14%

Current Price: $71.65

Cadence Design Systems is a software company whose stock has risen by 64.14% so far this year. Shares have increased steadily except for a small dip in April and a more significant one at the end of May, both of which were a broader trend on the S&P. The stock has since recovered from these temporary price falls and has been once again increasing steadily.

5) Anadarko Petroleum Corporation (APC)

Year-to-date return: 60.38%

Current Price: $70.32

Anadarko Petroleum is a Texas-based energy company specializing in hydrocarbon exploration. This company's stock growth—60.38% this year so far—has been anything but consistent. The stock surged in April, first by 32% in a day after the announcement of its acquisition by oil giant Chevron, and again by 11.6% following the confirmation of a proposal from Occidental Petroleum stating that APC shareholders would receive $38.00 in cash and 0.6094 shares of Occidental common stock for each share of Anadarko common stock. Anadarko's price has been stable since mid-May and is holding on to April's steep gains.

6) Total System Services (TSS)

Year-to-date return: 58.61%

Current Price: $128.77

7) Dentsply Sirona Inc. (XRAY)

Year-to-date return: 58.24%

Current Price: $57.86

8) Advanced Micro Devices (AMD)

Year-to-date return: 57.64%

Current Price: $29.27

9) MSCI (MSCI)

Year-to-date return: 57.63%

Current Price: $234.33

10) DISH Network Corporation (DISH)

Year-to-date return: 56.19%

Current Price: $38.57

Prices as of June 24, 2019 at 1:48 pm.

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