Boeing soared 90 percent, one of its best years on record.
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It was a strong year for the stock market, but 2017 was great if you made airplanes (think Boeing), were an online juggernaut (Amazon) or built homes (KB Homes). It was a year to forget if you were an energy company (Chesapeake) made Barbie dolls (Mattel) or if you were a storied industrial conglomerate about to go on a radical slim-down program (General Electric). The stock market had a banner year overall, but there were plenty of winners, and losers, among U.S. companies. THE MIGHTY AMAZONAmazon's gain of 58 percent in 2017 was hardly shabby, but that number only begins to tell of the enormous effect the company had on the broader market.Department stores and mall-based retailers continued to plunge as Americans did more of their shopping at Amazon, while other companies like Walmart raced to build up their own online offerings. The companies dramatically outperformed the market.In September retailer Toys R Us filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, which hurt both companies.
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