One very important theme for investors during 2018 has been the return to volatility, as investors worry about Federal Reserve tightening and President Trump’s trade dispute with China.

The market always looks ahead, and another important focus for investors is the massive cut in the maximum federal income-tax rate for corporations that was passed in December 2017 that has boosted corporate earnings tremendously this year. Investors won’t enjoy similar year-over-year comparisons when first-quarter 2019 results are reported.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average

DJIA, +0.52%

 has fallen 6.7% this year through Friday, but it is down 14.4% from the intraday high it hit on Oct. 3. Illustrating the volatility, the best performer of the year among the S&P 500

SPX, +0.20%

 has been Advanced Micro Devices

AMD, +1.64%

which is up 73% for the year, but which has also fallen 42% during the fourth quarter.

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

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 -6.7% 25.1% -14.4%
Nasdaq Composite Index -4.6% 28.2% -19.0%
S&P 500 -7.0% 19.4% -15.5%
S&P Mid Cap 400 -13.4% 14.5% -19.8%
S&P Small Cap 600 -10.3% 11.7% -23.7%
S&P Composite 1500 -7.6% 18.8% -15.7%
S&P 500 / Health Care 3.3% 20.0% -10.8%
S&P 500 / Utilities 0.3% 8.3% -6.6%
S&P 500 / Consumer Discretionary -1.6% 21.2% -17.7%
S&P 500 / Information Technology -2.5% 36.9% -19.1%
S&P 500 / Real Estate – SEC -5.7% 7.2% -9.5%
S&P 500 / Consumer Staples -11.5% 10.5% -14.1%
S&P 500 / Financials -15.5% 20.0% -21.8%
S&P 500 / Industrials -15.8% 18.5% -20.9%
S&P 500 / Communication Services -16.7% -6.0% -18.2%
S&P 500 / Materials -17.1% 21.4% -21.8%
S&P 500 / Energy -20.9% -3.8% -27.1%
Source: FactSet

These figures don’t include dividends.

The only two S&P 500 sectors that are up for the year through Friday are health care and utilities. The utilities sector has been the least volatile when compared to its 52-week high. The energy sector has fared worst, which is also probably no surprise, as the oil-price recovery stalled. West Texas Crude oil

CL1, -0.64%

 was down 25% for the year, also through Friday.

Winners and losers
Dow Jones Industrial Average

Here are 2018 price changes for all 30 Dow stocks, sorted from best to worst. Just 12 of its components are up for the year:

Company Ticker Price change – 2018 Price change – 2017 Decline from 52-week high
Merck & Co.

MRK, +0.81%

33.9% -4.4% -6.0%
Pfizer Inc.

PFE, +0.83%

18.6% 11.5% -7.6%
Microsoft Corp.

MSFT, +0.97%

17.4% 37.7% -13.6%
Nike Inc. Class B

NKE, +0.71%

17.3% 23.1% -14.8%
Visa Inc. Class A

V, -0.02%

14.8% 46.1% -13.6%
UnitedHealth Group Inc.

UNH, +0.89%

11.7% 37.8% -14.5%
Cisco Systems Inc.

CSCO, +0.78%

11.7% 26.7% -13.5%
Boeing Co.

BA, +1.11%

7.3% 89.4% -19.8%
Verizon Communications Inc.

VZ, +0.21%

4.4% -0.8% -10.2%
Coca-Cola Co.

KO, -0.13%

2.9% 10.7% -7.2%
McDonald’s Corp.

MCD, +0.45%

2.0% 41.4% -8.0%
Intel Corp.

INTC, -0.06%

1.3% 27.3% -18.8%
Walt Disney Co.

DIS, +0.66%

-0.2% 3.2% -10.7%
Procter & Gamble Co.

PG, +0.34%

-0.8% 9.3% -5.9%
American Express Co.

AXP, +0.30%

-4.9% 34.1% -17.6%
Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc.

WBA, -0.16%

-6.3% -12.3% -21.2%
Walmart Inc.

WMT, +0.80%

-6.7% 42.9% -16.2%
Apple Inc.

AAPL, +1.05%

-7.7% 46.1% -33.1%
Johnson & Johnson

JNJ, +0.88%

-8.9% 21.3% -14.6%
JPMorgan Chase & Co.

JPM, +0.26%

-9.5% 23.9% -18.9%
Home Depot Inc.

HD, +0.75%

-10.2% 41.4% -21.0%
Travelers Cos.

TRV, +0.13%

-12.8% 10.8% -21.5%
Chevron Corp.

CVX, -0.03%

-13.2% 6.4% -18.8%
United Technologies Corp.

UTX, +0.28%

-17.4% 16.4% -26.9%
Exxon Mobil Corp.

XOM, -0.22%

-18.5% -7.3% -23.7%
3M Co.

MMM, +0.10%

-19.5% 31.8% -27.1%
Caterpillar Inc.

CAT, +0.04%

-20.3% 69.9% -27.5%
DowDuPont Inc.

DWDP, -0.07%

-25.6% 24.5% -31.2%
International Business Machines Corp.

IBM, -0.17%

-26.3% -7.6% -34.0%
Goldman Sachs Group Inc.

GS, +1.19%

-36.0% 6.4% -40.8%
Source: FactSet
S&P 500

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

Company Ticker Price change – 2018 Price change – 2017 Decline from 52-week high
Advanced Micro Devices Inc.

AMD, +1.64%

73.3% -9.3% -47.8%
Abiomed Inc.

ABMD, +2.69%

69.8% 66.3% -30.8%
Fortinet Inc.

FTNT, +0.13%

61.0% 45.1% -25.5%
Advance Auto Parts Inc.

AAP, +0.11%

55.9% -41.1% -16.5%
TripAdvisor Inc.

TRIP, +0.92%

55.4% -25.7% -22.4%
Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc.

CMG, +0.73%

46.8% -23.4% -20.1%
Red Hat Inc.

RHT, +0.23%

45.4% 72.3% -2.7%
Keysight Technologies Inc.

KEYS, +1.53%

44.5% 13.8% -14.6%
O’Reilly Automotive Inc.

ORLY, -0.25%

42.2% -13.6% -5.8%
Boston Scientific Corp.

BSX, +0.98%

39.9% 14.6% -12.1%
Source: FactSet

But 340 components — 68% of the index — declined during 2018. Here are the 10 that have fallen the most:

Company Ticker Price change – 2018 Price change – 2017 Decline from 52-week high
Coty Inc. Class A

COTY, +0.16%

-67.4% 8.6% -70.1%
L Brands Inc.

LB, -0.39%

-57.7% -8.5% -58.6%
Mohawk Industries Inc.

MHK, -1.18%

-57.5% 38.2% -58.5%
General Electric Co.

GE, -1.13%

-57.0% -44.8% -61.3%
Invesco Ltd.

IVZ, -0.45%

-54.7% 20.4% -56.9%
Newfield Exploration Co.

NFX, +1.12%

-54.6% -22.1% -59.3%
Perrigo Co. PLC

PRGO, -3.86%

-54.2% 4.7% -58.4%
Western Digital Corp.

WDC, -0.71%

-53.8% 17.0% -65.7%
Affiliated Managers Group Inc.

AMG, -0.04%

-53.2% 41.3% -55.8%
Cimarex Energy Co.

XEC, -0.29%

-49.8% -10.2% -52.9%
Source: FactSet
S&P 400 Mid Cap

Among the three main S&P indexes, the S&P 400 Mid Cap Index

MID, -0.32%

 has been the worst performer of 2018, with a 13.4% decline.

Here are this year’s 10 best performers among the S&P 400:

Company Ticker Price change – 2018 Price change – 2017 Decline from 52-week high
World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. Class A

WWE, +1.16%

138.9% 66.2% -25.2%
Haemonetics Corp.

HAE, +2.40%

64.8% 44.5% -18.6%
Esterline Technologies Corp.

ESL, -0.07%

62.6% -16.3% -0.6%
Integrated Device Technology Inc.

IDTI, +0.03%

62.6% 26.2% -0.8%
Deckers Outdoor Corp.

DECK, -0.13%

60.2% 44.9% -6.5%
Insperity Inc.

NSP, +1.76%

59.7% 61.7% -24.4%
Ciena Corp.

CIEN, +1.99%

58.1% -14.3% -9.4%
Zebra Technologies Corp. Class A

ZBRA, +1.38%

50.3% 21.0% -15.6%
Five Below Inc.

FIVE, +2.22%

49.3% 66.0% -27.3%
Molina Healthcare Inc.

MOH, +1.94%

48.2% 41.3% -26.2%
Source: FactSet

Here are the 10 worst performers:

Company Ticker Price change – 2018 Price change – 2017 Decline from 52-week high
Adient PLC

ADNT, -2.75%

-80.1% 34.3% -81.5%
Wyndham Destinations Inc.

WYND, -0.13%

-69.0% 51.7% -37.7%
EQT Corp.

EQT, -1.94%

-66.3% -13.0% -40.9%
Thor Industries Inc.

THO, -0.91%

-65.9% 50.6% -68.2%
Scientific Games Corp.

SGMS, +1.63%

-65.9% 266.4% -72.1%
McDermott International Inc.

MDR, -3.90%

-65.6% -11.0% -75.0%
Coherent Inc.

COHR, +2.05%

-63.7% 105.4% -68.8%
Hain Celestial Group Inc.

HAIN, -1.32%

-63.3% 8.6% -63.6%
Dana Inc.

DAN, -1.26%

-57.8% 68.7% -61.7%
Patterson-UTI Energy Inc.

PTEN, -1.99%

-55.2% -14.5% -58.8%
Source: FactSet
S&P 600 Small Cap

The S&P 600 Small Cap Index

SML, -0.70%

 has fallen 10.3% this year.

Here are the 10 biggest winners among the index components:

Company Ticker Price change – 2018 Price change – 2017 Decline from 52-week high
Tabula Rasa Healthcare Inc.

TRHC, +1.93%

121.7% 87.2% -31.8%
Amedisys Inc.

AMED, +0.82%

117.8% 23.6% -18.5%
Renewable Energy Group Inc.

REGI, +0.55%

114.7% 21.6% -22.1%
eHealth Inc.

EHTH, +0.44%

111.3% 63.1% -9.9%
Crocs Inc.

CROX, -1.65%

110.8% 84.3% -10.6%
Fossil Group Inc.

FOSL, -2.34%

108.9% -70.0% -49.5%
Evertec Inc.

EVTC, -0.67%

108.3% -23.1% -4.3%
Belmond Ltd. Class A

BEL, -0.16%

102.7% -8.2% -2.2%
Addus HomeCare Corp.

ADUS, +1.25%

93.3% -0.7% -13.6%
BioTelemetry Inc.

BEAT, +2.50%

92.1% 33.8% -23.2%
Source: FactSet

And the 10 biggest losers:

Company Ticker Price change – 2018 Price change – 2017 Decline from 52-week high
Cloud Peak Energy Inc.

CLD, +3.00%

-91.7% -20.7% -93.5%
Akorn Inc.

AKRX, -2.03%

-89.3% 47.6% -89.7%
Francesca’s Holdings Corp.

FRAN, +4.38%

-88.7% -59.5% -90.2%
Diebold Nixdorf Inc.

DBD, -1.66%

-84.7% -35.0% -86.9%
Bristow Group Inc.

BRS, +7.66%

-84.5% -34.2% -88.9%
United Natural Foods Inc.

UNFI, +0.29%

-79.2% 3.2% -79.5%
Lannett Co.

LCI, -3.43%

-78.0% 5.2% -79.9%
Maiden Holdings, Ltd.

MHLD, -2.53%

-76.1% -62.2% -82.6%
Invacare Corp.

IVC, -0.49%

-75.7% 29.1% -79.5%
Nabors Industries Ltd.

NBR, -3.73%

-70.6% -58.4% -77.3%
Source: FactSet
Nasdaq 100

The Nasdaq Composite Index

COMP, +0.21%

 has declined 4.6% this year.

Narrowing things down, here are this year’s best performers among the Nasdaq 100

NDX, +0.32%

:

Company Ticker Price change – 2018 Price change – 2017 Decline from 52-week high
Advanced Micro Devices Inc.

AMD, +1.64%

73.3% -9.3% -47.8%
Workday Inc. Class A

WDAY, +0.09%

56.8% 53.9% -7.6%
Lululemon Athletica Inc.

LULU, +0.16%

54.5% 20.9% -26.3%
O’Reilly Automotive Inc.

ORLY, -0.25%

42.2% -13.6% -5.8%
Twenty-First Century Fox Inc. Class A

FOXA, -0.19%

38.9% 23.1% -4.3%
Illumina Inc.

ILMN, -0.22%

36.5% 70.6% -20.0%
Netflix Inc.

NFLX, +3.31%

33.4% 55.1% -39.5%
Intuitive Surgical Inc.

ISRG, +1.43%

29.1% 72.6% -18.9%
VeriSign Inc.

VRSN, +0.51%

28.3% 50.4% -16.9%
Adobe Inc.

ADBE, +0.68%

27.3% 70.2% -19.6%
Source: FactSet

And the worst 10 of 2018 among the Nasdaq 100:

Company Ticker Price change – 2018 Price change – 2017 Decline from 52-week high
Western Digital Corp.

WDC, -0.71%

-53.8% 17.0% -65.7%
JD.com Inc. ADR Class A

JD, +0.07%

-47.6% 62.8% -57.2%
Kraft Heinz Co.

KHC, -2.65%

-44.0% -10.9% -46.0%
Wynn Resorts, Ltd.

WYNN, +0.46%

-42.3% 94.9% -52.2%
Liberty Global PLC Class A

LBTYA, -1.46%

-40.6% 17.2% -46.4%
Celgene Corp.

CELG, +0.48%

-40.2% -9.8% -43.2%
American Airlines Group Inc.

AAL, +0.28%

-38.8% 11.4% -46.1%
NXP Semiconductors NV

NXPI, +0.44%

-38.4% 19.5% -42.7%
Ctrip.com International Ltd ADR

CTRP, -1.87%

-37.1% 10.3% -46.5%
Applied Materials Inc.

AMAT, +0.35%

-36.7% 58.4% -48.1%
Source: FactSet

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2018-12-31