50 stocks that have gained the most this year
Playing the stock market is a notoriously risky endeavor. Nothing is a sure bet—even companies with stellar earnings, promising projects, and renowned leadership can crash and burn after a sudden lawsuit or viral controversy. While investors use data points like earnings and historical performance to inform their choices, at the end of the day, even the savviest trader is making bets left and right.
The stock market’s volatility is also what can make it so exciting. Every year sees a few new companies skyrocket to success in the wake of soaring sales, big acquisitions, or other felicitous business decisions. To profile a few of these lucky companies, Stacker used data from Barchart to rank the 50 stocks with the biggest percent year-to-date gains, as measured from Jan. 1 to Oct. 1, 2018. Only stocks listed on the NYSE and NASDAQ were considered, and stock prices were adjusted for splits and reverse splits.
Read on to find out which stocks left investors congratulating themselves on their savvy buys and perhaps even get some inspiration for your next investment.
#50. RF Industries Ltd (RFIL)
Year-to-date change (as of Oct. 1, 2018 close): 171.48%
Last price: $7.33
Year-to-date price gain: $4.63
Year-to-date high: $12.75
Year-to-date low: $2.45
Though RF Industries might not be a household name yet, this company that manufactures products like coaxial cables and data center equipment has certainly made a name for itself in the industry. In the second quarter of the 2018 fiscal year, the company reported the largest quarter in its history with $22.4 million in sales.
#49. Fossil Group (FOSL)
Year-to-date change (as of Oct. 1, 2018 close): 174.39%
Last price: $21.32
Year-to-date price gain: $13.55
Year-to-date high: $32.17
Year-to-date low: $7.16
This fashion company carries a portfolio of well-known brands, such as Fossil, Skagen, and Relic, and makes watches and accessories that are licensed under big names like Kate Spade, Armani, and Tory Burch. A recent partnership with Citizen Watch Company indicates that Fossil Group is investing in innovative technologies like smartwatch capabilities.
#48. Denbury Resources (DNR)
Year-to-date change (as of Oct. 1, 2018 close): 178.28%
Last price: $6.15
Year-to-date price gain: $3.94
Year-to-date high: $6.39
Year-to-date low: $1.73
An independent oil and natural gas company operating in the Gulf Coast and Rocky Mountain regions, Denbury Resources increased its adjusted cash flow from operations in 2018. Production of barrels of oil per day was up in the second quarter, as well.
#47. Tabula Rasa Healthcare Inc (TRHC)
Year-to-date change (as of Oct. 1, 2018 close): 178.57%
Last price: $78.14
Year-to-date price gain: $50.09
Year-to-date high: $91.16
Year-to-date low: $28.10
This health care company specializes in medical management and risk adjustment, creating technologies that allow prescribers, pharmacists, and health care organizations to mitigate the risk of various medications. Tabula Rasa recently acquired Mediture and eClusive, an electronic health record company and provider of third-party administrator services, respectively.
#46. Ptc Therapeutics (PTCT)
Year-to-date change (as of Oct. 1, 2018 close): 178.84%
Last price: $46.51
Year-to-date price gain: $29.83
Year-to-date high: $52.95
Year-to-date low: $16.38
Ptc Therapeutics is a global pharmaceutical company that focuses on medication for patients with rare disorders. Ptc scientists primarily work on gene therapy, alternative splicing, nucleotide repeat, protein modification, transcript regulators, and nonsense readthrough.
#45. Okta Inc Class A (OKTA)
Year-to-date change (as of Oct. 1, 2018 close): 180.44%
Last price: $71.82
Year-to-date price gain: $46.21
Year-to-date high: $75.49
Year-to-date low: $25.13
Many businesses use Okta’s technologies to confirm the identities of their workers and allow secure sign-ons to their networks out of the office—a valuable commodity in the increasingly mobile workforce. Experts note that the recent Equifax data breach likely showed investors and consumers the importance of identity security companies like Okta.
#44. Square (SQ)
Year-to-date change (as of Oct. 1, 2018 close): 180.59%
Last price: $97.28
Year-to-date price gain: $62.61
Year-to-date high: $101.15
Year-to-date low: $34.68
This company’s name pays homage to the signature shape of its flagship product: a small white card reader that small-business owners can plug into a smartphone. Square recently acquired website-building service Weebly for $365 million and launched a new point-of-sale service for restaurants.
#43. Strata Skin Scien (SSKN)
Year-to-date change (as of Oct. 1, 2018 close): 183.74%
Last price: $3.49
Year-to-date price gain: $2.26
Year-to-date high: $3.88
Year-to-date low: $1.09
This medical technology company develops products for diagnosing and treating dermatological disorders. The FDA recently cleared one of Strata’s newest products—a tip for a dermatological laser—for use.
#42. Biolife Solutions (BLFS)
Year-to-date change (as of Oct. 1, 2018 close): 186.17%
Last price: $17.17
Year-to-date price gain: $11.17
Year-to-date high: $26.35
Year-to-date low: $4.63
Biolife Solutions develops biopreservation tools such as cryopreservation and hypothermic storage for stem cells, tissues, and organs in hospitals and biobanks. With $11 million in revenue in 2017, this company is certainly doing well financially.
#41. W&T Offshore (WTI)
Year-to-date change (as of Oct. 1, 2018 close): 197.28%
Last price: $9.84
Year-to-date price gain: $6.53
Year-to-date high: $9.88
Year-to-date low: $3.35
This independent oil and natural gas company operating in the Gulf of Mexico holds offshore leases for approximately 750,000 acres. Plus, W&T recently announced a partnership with Baker Hughes to use the latter company’s engineering expertise to further develop 14 drilling sites.2018 All rights reserved.