Calling 2018 a volatile year for the stock market might just be an understatement.

After reaching record highs last fall with the market up 10 percent in September, the three major market indexes—the Dow Jones Industrial Average, the Standard & Poor's 500 and the Nasdaq Composite—all wound up with their biggest yearly decline since 2008. 

So it probably comes as no surprise that of the 54 publicly traded Wisconsin companies with stock prices above $1 per share, only 11 had "up" years, according to data from FactSet Research Systems, provided by Baird.

That's the smallest number since 2008 when only seven of the 60 Wisconsin stocks closed the year higher.

Even with the ups and downs of the market, two Madison area stocks—Mount Horeb workwear company Duluth Holdings and cancer diagnostics developer Exact Sciences, of Madison—were among the highest earners for 2018.

Marcus Corp., the Milwaukee hotel and theater chain, was the biggest gainer over the period, ending 2018 at $39.50, an increase of 44.4 percent over its 2017 close at $27.35.

Read more in the Wisconsin State Journal.