Here are the best Dow and S&P stocks so far in 2019

Memories of a brutal fourth-quarter haven’t been erased, but investors are breathing a sigh of relief with a reversal in the direction of stocks so far this year.

In fact, U.S. stocks have gotten off to their best start in 13 years.

The broad indexes pulled back slightly to close out the week. But through Friday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.02%  is up 2.9%, after dropping 11.8% during the fourth quarter and declining 5.6% for all of 2018.

The S&P 500 index SPX, -0.01% has risen 3.6% so far in January, following a 14% plunge in the fourth quarter and a decline of 6.2% for 2018. The Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, -0.21%  is up 5.1% so far this year, after taking a 17.5% beating during the fourth quarter and falling a relatively modest 3.9% for all of 2018.

Fourth-quarter earnings season begins in earnest on Monday with Citigroup reporting, and results may well serve as a distraction from all the market jitters over Federal Reserve policy, trade conflict with China and the partial federal government shutdown.

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The biggest winners of a young 2019:

Here are the top 10 performers so far this year among the S&P 500:

Company Ticker Price change – 2019 Price change – Q4, 2018 Price change – 2018 Price change – 2017 Decline from 52-week high Celgene Corp. CELG, +0.52% 36.4% -28.4% -38.6% -9.8% -18.5% Hess Corp. HES, -1.31% 26.6% -43.4% -14.7% -23.8% -31.5% Netflix Inc. NFLX, +3.98% 26.1% -28.5% 39.4% 55.1% -20.2% Nektar Therapeutics NKTR, -1.11% 24.8% -46.1% -45.0% 386.7% -63.2% Mattel Inc. MAT, +2.94% 22.6% -36.4% -35.0% -44.2% -35.1% Newfield Exploration Co. NFX, +1.27% 19.8% -49.2% -53.5% -22.1% -50.0% Lennar Corp. Class A LEN, +2.75% 18.5% -16.1% -38.1%

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