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Best Performing S&P 500 Stocks of 2019

Updated May 3, 2019
Among the big universe of stocks listed on the various stock exchanges, the popular stock market indexes like S&P 500 allow investors a convenient mode to access the top rated stocks. The S&P 500 index contains the top 500 stocks by market value (or market capitalization) of the stocks listed in the American markets. Within this top list, which are the S&P 500 stocks that have generated the maximum returns this year?
This article looks at the price movement of all the S&P 500 stocks from the end of the previous year to the date of writing and presents a list of top 10 stocks that have given the maximum returns. The list is prepared using the following method. The price of each stock is taken at the close of December 31 of the previous year and at the close of May 3, 2019. Percentage gains are then calculated using the two closing prices for each S&P 500 stock, and the resultant list is arranged in the descending order of percentage gains - that is, stock with the highest gains is ranked at the top. The top 10 stocks which have generated the maximum gain during the year are listed below.
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Top S&P 500 Stocks With Highest Returns

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The following list presents stocks of the companies which belong to the broader S&P 500 sector or the stock market index, their corresponding prices as of given date, and the percentage gains realized:
 1) Coty Inc. (COTY) 2) Xerox Corp. (XRX) 3) Anadarko Petroleum Corp (APC) 4) Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG) 5) Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (CDNS)
 6) Align Technology, Inc. (ALGN) 7) QUALCOMM Inc. (QCOM) 8) Hess Corporation (HES) 9) MSCI Inc (MSCI) 10) Advanced Micro Devices Inc (AMD)
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Performance of Top S&P 500 Stocks

Here's a look at the basic details and how the above mentioned stocks fared during the period:

Coty

Coty Inc., together with its subsidiaries, manufactures, markets, distributes, and sells beauty products worldwide. It operates in three segments: Luxury, Consumer Beauty, and Professional Beauty. The ... see Detailed Company Profile and Dividend History.
The New York, NY-based Coty Inc. (COTY) belongs to the Consumer Non-Durables sector and is categorized as a Package Goods and Cosmetics company. The stock of Coty ended the previous year at a price of $6.56 per share. As of May 3, 2019, the stock price has reached $11.48 apiece, which indicates a change of 75 percent making the company rank among the top performing stocks of the S&P 500 for the year 2019 till date. At the end of the last year, company's market capitalization stood at $4.92 billion. It has now changed to $8.63 billion as of writing. Coty continues to be a leading constituent of many major stock market indexes like Wilshire 5000 index, S&P 500 index, and several other broader level multi-cap market indicators.

Xerox

Xerox Corporation, incorporated on April 18, 1906, is engaged in imaging, business process, analytics, automation and user-centric insights. The Companys segments include Services, Document Technology and Other. Other segment includes ... see Detailed Company Profile and Dividend History.
Rank number two in the coveted list is held by Xerox Corp. (XRX) for being among the top performing stocks of 2019. Headquartered in Norwalk, Connecticut, the Technology sector company is categorized under the industrial sub-sector of Business Services. Since the start of the year 2019, stock of Xerox has so far gained 66.75 percentage, based on the previous year's closing price of $19.76 per share and year-to-date price of $32.95 per share. During the same period, the market capitalization of the company changed from $4.71 billion to $7.4 billion. The stock of Xerox continues to be a major constituent of many leading stock indexes which include Wilshire 5000 index, S&P 500 index, and several other broader level multi-cap market indicators.

Anadarko Petroleum

Anadarko Petroleum Corporation (Anadarko), incorporated on June 12, 1985, is an independent exploration and production company. The Company is engaged in developing, acquiring, and exploring for oil and natural-gas resources. ... see Detailed Company Profile and Dividend History.
During the given months of the year 2019, Anadarko Petroleum Corp (APC) was successful in generating YTD returns of 65.88 percentage which helped it gain the number three spot in the list of the top performing stocks which generated maximum returns during year 2019 till date. As of December of the previous year, the stock of the The Woodlands, Texas-based Anadarko Petroleum closed at a price of $43.84 per share, while it traded at a price of $72.72 per share as of May 3, 2019. The company's market cap changed from $22.1 billion to $36.5 billion during the same period YTD. It ranks as a key constituent of major indexes that include Wilshire 5000 index, S&P 500 index, and several other broader level multi-cap market indicators. The company is classified under the Energy industry sector and further specialized as a Oil and Gas Production sector business.

Chipotle Mexican Grill

Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. (Chipotle), incorporated on January 30, 1998, together with its subsidiaries, operates Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurants. The Companys Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurants serve a menu of burritos, ... see Detailed Company Profile and Dividend History.
Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG) has moved by 64.32 percentage over the given period of 2019-YTD, helping it gain a place at number four among the top performing stocks. The Consumer Services sector company managed to achieve the feat as its stock price changed from $431.78 apiece to the price of $709.52 per share between the end of December of the previous year and May 3, 2019. The smart run of the Denver, Colorado-based Restaurants sector company lead to a handsome gain in its marketcap which changed from $12 billion to $19.66 billion over the same duration. Chipotle Mexican Grill is a key member of many popular stock market indexes. They include Wilshire 5000 index, S&P 500 index, and several other broader level multi-cap market indicators.

Cadence Design

Cadence Design Systems, Inc., incorporated on April 8, 1987, provides solutions that enable its customers to design electronic products. The Companys product categories include Functional Verification, Digital integrated circuits (IC) ... see Detailed Company Profile and Dividend History.
At number five in the list of top stocks stands Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (CDNS), which saw a change in its stock price from the level of $43.48 apiece during previous year December end to the price of $70.27 per share as of May 3, 2019. It translates to a change of 61.61 percentage. The San Jose, California-headquartered Technology sector company also saw its market value change from $12.26 billion to $19.75 billion. The Computer Software-Prepackaged Software specialist also managed to outperform some of the major stock market indexes of which it is a part of. They include the NASDAQ 100 index, Wilshire 5000 index, S&P 500 index, and a handful of other multi-capitalization indexes.

Align Technology

Align Technology, Inc., incorporated on April 3, 1997, designs, manufactures and markets a system of clear aligner therapy, intra-oral scanners and computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) digital services used in dentistry, ... see Detailed Company Profile and Dividend History.
The California, CA-based Align Technology, Inc. (ALGN) belongs to the Health Care sector and is categorized as a Industrial Specialties company. The stock of Align Technology ended the previous year at a price of $209.42 per share. As of May 3, 2019, the stock price has reached $331.08 apiece, which indicates a change of 58.09 percent making the company rank among the top performing stocks of the S&P 500 for the year 2019 till date. At the end of the last year, company's market capitalization stood at $16.75 billion. It has now changed to $26.49 billion as of writing. Align Technology continues to be a leading constituent of many major stock market indexes like Wilshire 5000 index, NASDAQ 100 index, S&P 500 index, and several other broader level multi-cap market indicators.

Qualcomm

QUALCOMM Incorporated, incorporated on August 15, 1991, is engaged in the development and commercialization of a digital communication technology called code division multiple access (CDMA). The Company is engaged in ... see Detailed Company Profile and Dividend History.
Rank number seven in the coveted list is held by QUALCOMM Inc. (QCOM) for being among the top performing stocks of 2019. Headquartered in San Diego, California, the Technology sector company is categorized under the industrial sub-sector of Radio TV Broadcasting and Communications Equipment. Since the start of the year 2019, stock of Qualcomm has so far gained 56.9 percentage, based on the previous year's closing price of $56.91 per share and year-to-date price of $89.29 per share. During the same period, the market capitalization of the company changed from $68.88 billion to $108.55 billion. The stock of Qualcomm continues to be a major constituent of many leading stock indexes which include NASDAQ 100 index, Wilshire 5000 index, S&P 500 index, and several other broader level multi-cap market indicators.

Hess Corp.

Hess Corporation, incorporated on February 7, 1920, is an exploration and production company. The Company is engaged in exploration, development, production, transportation, purchase and sale of crude oil, natural gas ... see Detailed Company Profile and Dividend History.
During the given months of the year 2019, Hess Corporation (HES) was successful in generating YTD returns of 56.12 percentage which helped it gain the number eight spot in the list of the top performing stocks which generated maximum returns during year 2019 till date. As of December of the previous year, the stock of the New York, NY-based Hess Corp. closed at a price of $40.5 per share, while it traded at a price of $63.23 per share as of May 3, 2019. The company's market cap changed from $12 billion to $19.19 billion during the same period YTD. It ranks as a key constituent of major indexes that include Wilshire 5000 index, S&P 500 index, and several other broader level multi-cap market indicators. The company is classified under the Energy industry sector and further specialized as a Integrated oil Companies sector business.

MSCI

MSCI Inc. (MSCI), incorporated on July 2, 1998, offers products and services to support the needs of institutional investors throughout their investment processes. The Companys segments include Index, Analytics and ... see Detailed Company Profile and Dividend History.
MSCI Inc (MSCI) has moved by 53.92 percentage over the given period of 2019-YTD, helping it gain a place at number nine among the top performing stocks. The Miscellaneous sector company managed to achieve the feat as its stock price changed from $147.43 apiece to the price of $226.93 per share between the end of December of the previous year and May 3, 2019. The smart run of the New York, NY-based Business Services sector company lead to a handsome gain in its marketcap which changed from $12.98 billion to $19.22 billion over the same duration. MSCI is a key member of many popular stock market indexes. They include Wilshire 5000 index, S&P 500 index, and several other broader level multi-cap market indicators.

Advanced Micro Devices

Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD), incorporated on May 1, 1969, is a global semiconductor company. The Company is engaged in offering x86 microprocessors, as standalone devices or as incorporated into ... see Detailed Company Profile and Dividend History.
At number ten in the list of top stocks stands Advanced Micro Devices Inc (AMD), which saw a change in its stock price from the level of $18.46 apiece during previous year December end to the price of $28.22 per share as of May 3, 2019. It translates to a change of 52.87 percentage. The Sunnyvale, California-headquartered Technology sector company also saw its market value change from $18.45 billion to $30.52 billion. The Semiconductors specialist also managed to outperform some of the major stock market indexes of which it is a part of. They include the NASDAQ 100 index, Wilshire 5000 index, S&P 500 index, and a handful of other multi-capitalization indexes.
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