As 2019 is almost over, it is safe to say that we can now start appreciating how well this year was for us, the stock investors. This year we've seen rises of over 100% among huge companies, rises that some predicted, but not many believed. The majority of people invested in safer options such as Apple which also turned out to be well, AAPL seeing a rise of over 58% this year, from $163,94 to $268,60. Unfortunately, Apple won't be making our list today as the ones we've chosen had far better growth. In today's article, we want to present to you 5 of the best-performing stocks of 2019. You won't believe who is on the first spot!

Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG)

2019 was a fantastic year for Chipotle Mexican Grill. The American food chain has expanded to an enormous number of over 2,500 restaurants worldwide. The large food chain registered $5.37B in revenue for the last twelve months on September 30, a 13% increase than the previous year. The company's revenue is highly expected to pass the $5.5B mark next year. The company doesn't seem to slow down even a bit, making more and more efforts to expand their business and to get closer to the number of restaurants their biggest competitor, Taco Bell, which at the moment owns over 5,000 restaurants worldwide. The CMG stocks increased with 74% since December 12, 2018, when one share cost $471.31. Today one stock is priced at $820.54.

Copart Inc. (CRPT)

Not many people outside of the US have heard about Copart, and that's a shame. Copart Inc. is a company founded in 1982 with a single yard available located in California. Now the company is the most significant entity in online vehicle auctions business with over 200 locations in 11 countries and over 150,000 vehicles up for auction every day. Copart has publicly stated their aspirations of making a positive impact every day through charity, and they are taking responsibility when it comes to the environment, making it easier for people to sell their used cars. There were lots of non-believers when the CPRT stocks were discussed, but the stocks price has seen an increase of 81%, from one stock costing $49.26 on December 12, 2018, to $89.92 a share today.

Target Corporation (TGT)

American corporations are dominating today's list with one more American retailer coming on the third spot. Target Corp. is currently not even close to being the biggest retailer in America, companies such as Wal-Mart, Costco, and Home Depot taking the lead. But that doesn't mean it is doing poorly; in fact, the gigantic retailer has expanded to a total number of over 1,860 stores and more than 360,000 workers in 2019. Many believed that the 2013 data-breach scandal was going to crush this corporation to pieces, but Target is becoming bigger and bigger every day. Today one stock is priced at $126.80. This is a 187% increase since December 12, 2018, when one stock was priced at just $67.79.

Advanced Micro Devices (AMD)

Technology has seen an immense improvement this year, with AMD even producing better computer processors at more affordable prices than its competitor Intel. The new generation of Ryzen processors has sky-rocketed the company's revenue, and the newly made contracts with Google and Nvidia show that AMD is on the right track. 2019 was the 50th birthday of the company and also a successful year. AMD is not going to stop anytime soon, Google even promising new virtual machines powered by 2nd Gen AMD processors for their Google Cloud platform. The AMD stocks have seen a fantastic increase of 99% this year. Today one stock is priced at $40.94, rather than $20.48 as it was on December 12, 2018.

Lam Research Corporation (LRCX)

Unless you're a stock investor chances are you've never heard of Lam Research. Lam Research Corporation is a semiconductors manufacturer and supplier. This corporation is the leading supplier of semiconductors for companies such as Intel that use their products in the fabrication of integrated circuits. The innovative wafer fabrication equipment sold by Lam Research Corporation allow chipmakers to build faster and better electronic devices. The LRCX stocks have seen one of the best year-round rises so far this year. On December 12, 2018, one share was priced at $138.45, but today it costs $280.98, which is a 102% increase!