2018 Top Stocks

By Dmitriy Gurkovskiy, Chief Analyst at RoboMarkets

As 2018 is heading towards its end, one can say it was a harsh year for stock investors. The major US indices are on track for yearly losses, while over 2017 they were 30% up. Let us see, however, which companies were the biggest gainers in 2018, with the largest yield, excluding the dividends.

Traditionally, biotech companies are leaders, with thousands of percent YoY growth; however, one would surely rather buy shares of a famous company with a solid track record than make wild guesses whether a new biotech starlet will rise from a few cents to a few bucks or not. The cannabis-related companies were among the leaders this year, too, with their yield growing by 1,000% or even more right after IPO’s; Tilray (NASDAQ: TLRY), for instance, added 1,500% just in two months. This was more like of a bubble, however, that finally did explode, with the price going back to its normal levels.

Apart from the unknown and small companies, the top gainer is Twilio Inc. (NYSE: TWLO), which rose by impressive 306% over 2018.

Founded in 2008 and headquartered in San Francisco, CA, Twilio is a tech company that develops online communication software. It successfully ran its IPO on NASDAQ in 2016. Since then, its earnings have always beaten the analysts’ expectations, reaching a total of $169M, from initial $64M.

MongoDB (NASDAQ: MDB), another tech company, is second. Mongo was founded in 2008 and is headquartered in New York City.

In 2017, it ran its IPO, but it was not until February 2018 that its share price suddenly went massively higher – the yield rise totaling 201%. The earnings report released in early 2018 attracted a lot of new investors, as the company beat many analysts’ expectations.

Tabula Rasa HealthCare Inc (Nasdaq: TRHC), yet another tech company, takes third place. This one was founded in 2009 and is headquartered in Moorestown, NJ. The company operates only in the US, developing various healthcare technologies. Over 2018, Tabula Rasa HealthCare stock price rose 169%.

While some tech companies rising nicely, the whole sector has been desperately down.

Social media giant Twitter (NYSE: TWTR) went up by 65%, but at the same time, Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) lost 18%, under pressure coming from both privacy scandals and the shortage of new users.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average (INDEXDJX: DJI) failed to rise by even 1% in 2018, losing instead around 0.91%. However, some companies included into this index managed to rise by dozens of percent.

Speaking about the biggest losers, Goldman Sachs (NYSE: GS) takes the ‘lead’ here, with a 31% fall over 2018. The bank is followed by IBM (NYSE: IBM) and Caterpillar (NYSE: CAT), that also failed to rise and plunged by 21.30% and 20.00%, respectively.

Just like the DJIA, the S&P 500 has been down so far, losing 1.68%. Still, some companies included into this index managed to rise by as much as 60%.

The worst S&P performer was General Electric (NYSE: GE), which is now attempting to reduce costs and stay in the market; it looks like investors do not trust this company enough, though, that’s why General Electric has lost almost 60% so far this year.

The best performer among indices in 2018 is Nasdaq 100, which added nearly 4%. Among the leading companies in this index, one should note Amazon, Illumina, Netflix, O’reilly, Twenty-First Century Fox, and Workday, all rising by over 40% YoY.

Meanwhile, the Chinese JD.com Inc (NASDAQ: JD) lost 47%, mostly because of the Sino-US trade war. Besides, its CEO, Liu Qiangdong, was arrested being accused of sexual harassment, which added pressure to the company and reduced the trust among the investors. In case Liu is sent to jail, the risks for JD.com will increase drastically.


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Having majored in both Social Psychology and Economics, I went on to continue my education in post graduate. Later I worked as a team lead of a tech and fundamental analysis lab in the Applied System Analysis Research Institute. This helped me to acquire all necessary skills and experience to become a successful trader and analyst, as well as a portfolio manager in an investment company. I'm a pro in the financial field and the author of articles for various international media. I also hold the position of Chief Analyst at RoboMarkets.