Deep Dive: The Nasdaq is now up for the year — here are the index’s best-performing stocks

Deep Dive

Tesla, Netflix, PayPal, Nvidia, Amazon and AMD are all among this year’s top stocks

Tesla CEO Elon Musk might be in the mood to celebrate, as the electric-car maker’s stock is up 87% this year.


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The Nasdaq Composite Index on Thursday turned green for the year, driven by shares of Microsoft Corp., Advanced Micro Devices Inc. and Tesla Inc.

The Nasdaq
COMP,
+1.41%

includes 2,701 companies, and investors have long associated it with startups, rapidly growing small-cap companies and technology firms, but it also includes many large companies and is weighted by market capitalization. So big names have powered this year’s gains.

After a record closing high Feb. 19, the Nasdaq plummeted along with other broad indexes to hit a closing low for the year March 23, when it was down 23.5% for 2020. But after rising 1.4% on May 7, the Nasdaq was up slightly for 2020, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average
DJIA,
+0.89%

was down 16.3% and the S&P 500 Index
SPX,
+1.15%

was down 10.8%. (All price changes in this article exclude dividends.)

The fast rebound from March was propelled by unprecedented and rapid stimulus from the federal government and the Federal Reserve through myriad programs. At the same time, unemployment claims have risen to shocking levels.

“What investors are responding to is the Fed activity,” which has “reassured people,” Matt Quinlan, a co-portfolio manger of the Franklin Rising Dividend Fund
FRDPX,
+1.23%
,
said in an interview May 7.

Stocks leading the Nasdaq

Since the Nasdaq is weighted by market capitalization, the Nasdaq-100 Index
NDX,
+1.30%

provides the best insight into which companies have driven this year’s recovery. The Nasdaq-100 includes the largest companies in the full Nasdaq Composite Index by market capitalization, excluding the financial services sector. It is tracked by the QQQ Trust ETF
QQQ,
+1.28%
,
which has $97.5 billion in assets under management.

Here are the 20 stocks among the Nasdaq-100 that have performed the best during 2020, through May 7:

Company

Ticker

Price change – 2020

Price change – 2019

Tesla Inc

TSLA,
-0.32%
86.5%

25.7%

DexCom Inc.

DXCM,
+10.32%
84.9%

82.6%

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc.

REGN,
+1.14%
49.1%

0.5%

Seattle Genetics Inc.

SGEN,
-0.83%
42.9%

101.7%

Citrix Systems Inc.

CTXS,
+2.00%
35.9%

8.2%

PayPal Holdings Inc

PYPL,
+14.01%
35.2%

28.6%

MercadoLibre Inc.

MELI,
+3.92%
35.0%

95.3%

Netflix Inc.

NFLX,
+0.52%
34.9%

20.9%

Nvidia Corp.

NVDA,
+2.37%
29.6%

76.3%

Amazon.com Inc.

AMZN,
+0.69%
28.1%

23.0%

JD.com Inc. ADR Class A

JD,
+3.37%
27.1%

68.3%

Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc.

VRTX,
-0.01%
23.3%

32.1%

Activision Blizzard Inc.

ATVI,
+0.31%
23.0%

27.6%

T-Mobile US Inc.

TMUS,
+10.04%
21.5%

23.3%

Gilead Sciences Inc.

GILD,
+0.18%
19.4%

3.9%

Cadence Design Systems Inc.

CDNS,
+0.46%
17.3%

59.5%

Microsoft Corp.

MSFT,
+0.58%
16.4%

55.3%

Ebay Inc.

EBAY,
+1.02%
14.6%

28.6%

Synopsys Inc.

SNPS,
+1.34%
14.2%

65.2%

Advanced Micro Devices Inc.

AMD,
-0.40%
13.3%

148.4%

Source: FactSet

You can click on the tickers for more about each company.

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