Skip to Content
Fund Spy

The Year in U.S. Equity Funds, 2019

A very good year for the market.

Mentioned: , , , , , , , , ,

The U.S. stock market finished 2019 with its best annual gain since 2013. Stocks bounced back from their late-2018 losses in the first quarter of 2019, posted cautious gains midyear, and finished the year with a rally as trade tensions tapered. The S&P 500 posted a 31.5% return for the year, while the Nasdaq Composite Index gained 36.7% and the Russell 2000 Index of small-cap stocks advanced 25.5%.

Growth stocks continued to beat value stocks in 2019. The Russell 3000 Growth Index’s 35.9% yearly gain beat the Russell 3000 Value Index’s 26.3%. The FAANG stocks--Facebook (FB), Apple (AAPL), (AMZN), Netflix (NFLX), and Alphabet (GOOG)--drove growth’s outperformance. Netflix’s more than respectable 20.8% gain made it the worst-performing FAANG, while Apple led the way with an 88.1% rise, its best year of the decade. The excellent returns of such widely held giants helped large-cap stocks outperform small caps. Large-growth and mid-growth funds topped the other seven Morningstar Style Box categories, while small-blend and small-value lagged.

Nick Watson does not own (actual or beneficial) shares in any of the securities mentioned above. Find out about Morningstar’s editorial policies.

Transparency is how we protect the integrity of our work and keep empowering investors to achieve their goals and dreams. And we have unwavering standards for how we keep that integrity intact, from our research and data to our policies on content and your personal data.

We’d like to share more about how we work and what drives our day-to-day business.

We sell different types of products and services to both investment professionals and individual investors. These products and services are usually sold through license agreements or subscriptions. Our investment management business generates asset-based fees, which are calculated as a percentage of assets under management. We also sell both admissions and sponsorship packages for our investment conferences and advertising on our websites and newsletters.

How we use your information depends on the product and service that you use and your relationship with us. We may use it to:

  • Verify your identity, personalize the content you receive, or create and administer your account.
  • Provide specific products and services to you, such as portfolio management or data aggregation.
  • Develop and improve features of our offerings.
  • Gear advertisements and other marketing efforts towards your interests.

To learn more about how we handle and protect your data, visit our privacy center.

Maintaining independence and editorial freedom is essential to our mission of empowering investor success. We provide a platform for our authors to report on investments fairly, accurately, and from the investor’s point of view. We also respect individual opinions––they represent the unvarnished thinking of our people and exacting analysis of our research processes. Our authors can publish views that we may or may not agree with, but they show their work, distinguish facts from opinions, and make sure their analysis is clear and in no way misleading or deceptive.

To further protect the integrity of our editorial content, we keep a strict separation between our sales teams and authors to remove any pressure or influence on our analyses and research.

Read our editorial policy to learn more about our process.