If there's one lesson we learned in 2019, it's that not all FAANG stocks are created equal.
After a period of momentous growth and market-leading collective gains, the FAANG stocks seemed to diverge in the back half of 2018 with investors looking more deeply into the individual strengths and weaknesses of the stocks.
From Facebook's (FB - Get Report) many scandals to Apple's (AAPL - Get Report) potential tariff troubles, the issues affecting each company were unique -- but each of the stocks stumbled in the back half of the year alongside broader market volatility.
So what could 2019 have in store for the FAANG group? Many of the challenges facing each of the tech firms during 2018 are likely to continue.
For Facebook, that includes tamping down negative headlines and innovating its ad products. For Netflix (NFLX - Get Report) it's continuing to grow its base of paying subscribers at a healthy rate. Alphabet's (GOOGL - Get Report) issues could include facing down greater scrutiny into data privacy. Amazon (AMZN - Get Report) could find itself confronting antitrust challenges in the foreseeable future. And aside from tariffs, Apple will have to persuade investors that iPhone unit sales aren't the most important metric after all.
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