The best stocks of 2018

The stock market had a miserable 2018, but some companies bucked the trend to post an exceptionally good year.

Of the 505 companies in the S&P 500, only 160 managed to post a positive year in 2018. That’s less than a third — not surprising when the S<><><><> <><><><>P 500 is down 7%, on its way to the worst year since the Great Recession./ppStill, companies from Abiomed to Zoetis and dozens of companies in between managed to post strong gains. Businesses as diverse as Macy’s and McCormick were up in 2018./ppAnd the winner is…/ppChip-maker Advanced Micro Devices (a href=”” target=”_blank”AMD/a) surged 73% this year, making it the top stock in the S<><><><><><><><><><>