Winners and losers

sector performance chart

Talk about healthy returns! Healthcare stocks surged about 26% this year, driven by robust growth from biotech companies and a flurry of mergers & acquisitions.

Utilities also enjoyed a stellar 2014, benefiting from unexpectedly low interest rates.

Energy stocks were the only group that suffered a significant decline in 2014 because of tumbling oil prices. The sector was led lower by steep declines in driller and exploration and production stocks.

First published December 31, 2014: 4:47 PM ET

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