These are the 11 best performing S&P 500 stocks of 2019

  • The S&P 500 index is on track to post its biggest yearly gain in two decades, jumping 29% in 2019 as the year brings major gains for nearly all investments.
  • The index closed at a record high on Thursday, driven higher by Amazon's "record-breaking" holiday sales and Apple stock's three-day winning streak.
  • The S&P 500's tech stocks are the biggest winners of the year. Of the 11 best performers in the index, seven are members of its information technology sector.
  • Here are the 11 best performing S&P 500 stocks of 2019, ranked in ascending order.
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The S&P 500 is on track to post its biggest yearly gain in two decades, soaring 29% as the December rally caps a winning year for nearly all investments.

The index closed at a new record on Thursday, fueled by Amazon's "record-breaking" holiday sales and rising tech stocks. Stocks have rallied through the end of the year as the "phase-one" US-China trade deal and greater Brexit clarity eliminated key sources of market uncertainty.

The S&P 500's information technology group vastly outperformed other sectors over the last 12 months and is on pace for its biggest yearly gain since 2009. Apple's 80% gain through 2019 and numerous semiconductor stocks' outperformance has driven the 70-company group to a 48% year-to-date windfall. Of the 11 best performers in the S&P 500, seven are members of the information technology sector.

Here are the 11 best performing S&P 500 stocks in 2019, ranked in ascending order. Data is as of 12:00 p.m. December 27.

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11. Arconic

Performance: up 84.6%

Market cap: $14 billion

10. Leidos Holdings

Performance: up 85.8%

Market cap: $14 billion

9. Applied Materials

Performance: up 87%

Market cap: $57 billion

8. Xerox

Performance: up 90%

Market cap: $8 billion

7. Copart

Performance: up 90.9%

Market cap: $21 billion

6. Chipotle

Performance: up 94.1%

Market cap: $23 billion

5. Qorvo

Performance: up 92.8%

Market cap: $14 billion

4. Target

Performance: up 94.9%

Market cap: $66 billion

3. KLA

Performance: up 98.6%

Market cap: $28 billion

2. Lam Research

Performance: up 116.3%

Market cap: $43 billion

1. Advanced Micro Devices

Performance: up 150.7%

Market cap: $53 billion

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