The best stocks of 2018

And the winner is...

Chip-maker Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) surged 73% this year, making it the top stock in the S&P 500.
Its gains are partly coming at the expense of semiconductor giant Intel (INTC), whose stock has fallen this year on concerns about lower profit margins and possible product delays.
AMD is benefiting from increased demand for PCs. Even though we live in a smartphone world, lots of businesses still need PCs, and AMD's Ryzen chips have been taking market share from Intel.
The company's growth is being led by CEO Lisa Su one of the few female CEOs in tech, let alone Corporate America. With Su on board, AMD has strengthened its ties with the big PC companies like Dell and HP (HPQ).

AMD claimed the crown despite tumbling 46% since mid-September. AMD was at one point up more than 200% this year. But risk-averse investors pulled money out of tech stocks late in the year on fears of a global economic slowdown and a possible trade war escalation.