Stocks finished modestly higher in Thursday's holiday-shortened session as U.K. and European Union negotiators finalized their Brexit trade agreement.
The Dow was up 70 points, or 0.23%, to 30,199, the S&P 500 gained 0.36% and the Nasdaq rose 0.26%.
Here are the best stocks in the Nasdaq on Thursday by their performance in percentage change at the close of trading on Dec. 24.
1. Pinduoduo Inc ADR | Increased +9.65%
The Shanghai company reported a third-quarter net loss of $115.6 million. Adjusted profit was 0.33 yuan per American depositary share, topping analyst estimates of a loss of 1.14 yuan a share.
2. K L A-Tencor Corp | Increased +2.43%
Earlier this month, K L A-Tencor Corp announced two new products: the PWG5™ wafer geometry system and the Surfscan® SP7XP wafer defect inspection system. The products are designed to resolve issues in the manufacturing of leading-edge memory and logic integrated circuits, according to the company's statement.
3. Tesla Inc | Increased +2.16%
Tesla Inc. (TSLA) - Get Tesla Inc Report shares slumped lower heading into its S&P 500 debut Monday following a record year for the clean energy carmaker that has added more than half a trillion dollars to its market value.
Tesla entered the S&P 500 as the benchmark's fifth-biggest stock, with a weighting of 1.69% and a market value of around $650 billion following Friday's record-high close of $695.00 per share.
4. Asml Hld NY Reg | Increased +1.93%
In November, ASML (ASML) - Get ASML Holding NV Report, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of chipmaking equipment, said that it completed the acquisition of Berliner Glas Group, including all subsidiaries.
5. Lam Research Corp | Increased +1.89%
In November, Lam Research Corp LRCX that its Board of Directors approved a $5 billion share repurchase authorization and a quarterly dividend of $1.30 per share of common stock.
6. Fiserv Inc | Increased +1.73%
The small business payment processor Fiserv’s (FISV) - Get Fiserv, Inc. Report Clover payments platform saw a 32% growth in July. The company’s president and CEO Frank Bisignano said in August that the transaction volumes are still increasing now that businesses were reopening.
7. Applied Materials | Increased +1.62%
In November, many chip equipment stocks were close to their 52-week highs after Applied Materials AMAT became the latest industry player to post a strong earnings report this fall.
8. Broadcom Ltd | Increased +1.47%
This month, shares of Broadcom AVGO were down about 1% at this writing after the chipmaker reported earnings.
Revenue rose almost 12% year over year, while Broadcom beat analysts’ expectations on earnings. Overall, Wall Street has a rather favorable take on the company’s quarter.
The solid fiscal fourth-quarter has analysts jumping on board, even if the stock isn’t reacting as favorably.
9. Charter Communications | Increased +1.32%
The Federal Communications Commission handed out more than $9 billion in funds in its latest round, with Charter Communications (CHTR) - Get Charter Communications, Inc. Class A Report getting $1.22 billion and TD Broadband of Blooming Prairie, Minn., getting $1.3 billion to bring internet access to more than 1 million neighborhoods.
10. Monster Beverage Cp | Increased +0.96%
Monster Beverage (MNST) - Get Monster Beverage Corporation Report got a lift from a Morgan Stanley analyst in November who upgraded the maker of energy drinks to overweight from equal-weight two days before the company reports quarterly results.
Analyst Dara Mohsenian, who also raised his share price target to $90 from $87, said in a note to investors that the market isn't “appropriately pricing in Monster’s growth potential.”
All stock prices and activity referenced are pulled from Barchart.com