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The 10 Best and 10 Worst Stocks for 2020

Through the first half of a volatile, even chaotic, year in the markets, some patterns have emerged.

No one could have predicted the stock market's trajectory in 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic, the Black Lives Matter protests, the disruptions in the oil market, the government's stimulus package, the return of the day trader—so many variables, so much volatility, so few fundamentals-driven market valuations.

While some companies' shares took a hit at the outset of the coronavirus outbreak, like that of Carnival Cruise Line, Norwegian Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean, others bounced back—and then some, like glucose blood monitor maker Dexcom Inc. and air conditioner manufacturer Carrier. 

Included in this list are those stocks whose price returns have increase the most and least since Jan. 1.

Data as of 7/13/2020.

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