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Best Performing Natural Resources Stocks of 2019

Updated Jun 3, 2019
Amid growing concerns around use of artificial and synthetic products, the voices supporting use of natural resources keep making rounds at local and global venues. Natural resources offer a way to harness the abundantly and naturally available matter, material and assets for use for individual and commercial activities and for economic gains. The simplest example of natural resource is oil which is explored, extracted, refined and marketed to be used as fuels to power automobiles, and several other by-products that get generated through the oil processing are also put to commercial use. Other example of natural resources include agriculture produces, like oranges or wheat, which are used as primary food. Hundreds and thousands of public and private companies are in the business of making money from natural resources, and generating revenues and profits from the activities and operations around those.
Among the large variety of Natural Resources stocks, which ones generated the top returns this year? Which of those figured among the winners in the long list of Natural Resources stocks?
This article provides a list of Natural Resources stocks which have generated top returns in the year 2019 so far till date of writing. The list is prepared based on the percentage returns generated by the individual Natural Resources stocks between the end of the previous year and Jun 3, 2019, and the top 10 return generating Natural Resources stocks are listed below.
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Top Natural Resources Stocks With Highest Returns

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The following list presents stocks of the companies which belong to the broader Natural Resources sector or the stock market index, their corresponding prices as of given date, and the percentage gains realized:
 1) Anadarko Petroleum Corp (APC) 2) Scotts Miracle-Gro Company (SMG) 3) Tyson Foods (TSN) 4) Hess Corporation (HES) 5) Universal Forest Products, Inc. (UFPI)
 6) American Water Works Company Inc (AWK) 7) Aqua America, Inc. (WTR) 8) Noble Energy Inc (NBL) 9) Gazprom Neft PAO (GZPFY) 10) Devon Energy Corp. (DVN)
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Performance of Top Natural Resources Stocks

Here's a look at the basic details and how the above mentioned stocks fared during the period:

Anadarko Petroleum

Anadarko Petroleum Corporation (Anadarko), incorporated on June 12, 1985, is an independent exploration and production company. The Company is engaged in developing, acquiring, and exploring for oil and natural-gas resources. ... see Detailed Company Profile and Dividend History.
The The Woodlands, Texas-based Energy sector company Anadarko Petroleum Corp (APC) holds the one spot among the best performing stocks of the Natural Resources sector. Classified as the Oil and Gas Production business, the stock price of Anadarko Petroleum ended the previous year at a price of $43.84 per share while it reached the level of $70.03 apiece as of Jun 3, 2019 translating to a percentage change in stock price of 59.74%. As of writing, the company's market-cap value stands at $35.16 billion. Few leading stock market index includes Anadarko Petroleum in their constituent list. They include Wilshire 5000 index, S&P 500 index, and a few other larger indexes which are part of the stock market.

Scotts Miracle-Gro

The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company (Scotts Miracle-Gro), incorporated on November 22, 2004, is a manufacturer and marketer of branded consumer lawn and garden products. The Companys segments include Global Consumer. In ... see Detailed Company Profile and Dividend History.
The Ohio, OH-based Scotts Miracle-Gro Company (SMG) belongs to the Basic Industries sector and is categorized as a Agricultural Chemicals company. The stock of Scotts Miracle-Gro ended the previous year at a price of $61.46 per share. As of Jun 3, 2019, the stock price has reached $91.17 apiece, which indicates a change of 48.34 percent making the company rank among the top performing stocks of the Natural Resources for the year 2019 till date. At the end of the last year, company's market capitalization stood at $3.4 billion. It has now changed to $5.06 billion as of writing. Scotts Miracle-Gro continues to be a leading constituent of many major stock market indexes like Wilshire 5000 index, and several other broader level multi-cap market indicators.

Tyson Foods

Tyson Foods, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a food company worldwide. It operates through four segments: Beef, Pork, Chicken, and Prepared Foods. The company processes live fed catt ... see Detailed Company Profile and Dividend History.
Rank number three in the coveted list is held by Tyson Foods (TSN) for being among the top performing stocks of 2019. Headquartered in Springdale, Arkansas, the Consumer Non-Durables sector company is categorized under the industrial sub-sector of Meat Poultry and Fish. Since the start of the year 2019, stock of Tyson Foods has so far gained 46.18 percentage, based on the previous year's closing price of $53.4 per share and year-to-date price of $78.06 per share. During the same period, the market capitalization of the company changed from $19.52 billion to $28.48 billion. The stock of Tyson Foods continues to be a major constituent of many leading stock indexes which include Wilshire 5000 index, S&P 500 index, and several other broader level multi-cap market indicators.

Hess Corp.

Hess Corporation, incorporated on February 7, 1920, is an exploration and production company. The Company is engaged in exploration, development, production, transportation, purchase and sale of crude oil, natural gas ... see Detailed Company Profile and Dividend History.
During the given months of the year 2019, Hess Corporation (HES) was successful in generating YTD returns of 35.14 percentage which helped it gain the number four spot in the list of the top performing stocks which generated maximum returns during year 2019 till date. As of December of the previous year, the stock of the New York, NY-based Hess Corp. closed at a price of $40.5 per share, while it traded at a price of $54.73 per share as of Jun 3, 2019. The company's market cap changed from $12 billion to $16.61 billion during the same period YTD. It ranks as a key constituent of major indexes that include Wilshire 5000 index, S&P 500 index, and several other broader level multi-cap market indicators. The company is classified under the Energy industry sector and further specialized as a Integrated oil Companies sector business.

Universal Forest Products

Universal Forest Products, Inc., incorporated on February 9, 1955, is a holding company. The Company, through its subsidiaries, supplies wood, wood composite and other products to three primary markets, such ... see Detailed Company Profile and Dividend History.
Universal Forest Products, Inc. (UFPI) has moved by 28.54 percentage over the given period of 2019-YTD, helping it gain a place at number five among the top performing stocks. The Basic Industries sector company managed to achieve the feat as its stock price changed from $25.96 apiece to the price of $33.37 per share between the end of December of the previous year and Jun 3, 2019. The smart run of the Michigan, MI-based Forest Products sector company lead to a handsome gain in its marketcap which changed from $1.6 billion to $2.05 billion over the same duration. Universal Forest Products is a key member of many popular stock market indexes. They include Wilshire 5000 index, Russell 2000 index, and several other broader level multi-cap market indicators.

American Water Works

American Water Works Company, Inc., incorporated on August 28, 1936, is a holding company for regulated and market-based subsidiaries throughout the United States and Ontario, Canada. The Companys Regulated Businesses ... see Detailed Company Profile and Dividend History.
At number six in the list of top stocks stands American Water Works Company Inc (AWK), which saw a change in its stock price from the level of $90.77 apiece during previous year December end to the price of $114.06 per share as of Jun 3, 2019. It translates to a change of 25.66 percentage. The Voorhees, New Jersey-headquartered Public Utilities sector company also saw its market value change from $16.39 billion to $20.59 billion. The Water Supply specialist also managed to outperform some of the major stock market indexes of which it is a part of. They include the Wilshire 5000 index, S&P 500 index, and a handful of other multi-capitalization indexes.

Aqua America

Aqua America, Inc. (Aqua America), incorporated on November 14, 1968, is a holding company. The Company, through its subsidiaries, is engaged in providing water or wastewater services concentrated in Pennsylvania, ... see Detailed Company Profile and Dividend History.
Aqua America (WTR) generated percentage returns of 17.11 percent during the 2019 year-to-date. Its returns are based on the share price which moved from $34.19 per share from the previous year-end to the price of $40.04 per share as of Jun 3, 2019. The company's value, as indicated by the market-cap figure, changed from $6.08 billion to $8.64 billion during the same period.
The company is categorized as a Public Utilities speciality business with further classification in the Water Supply sub-category. Based in Pennsylvania, PA, the YTD performance of the Natural Resources sector also fared better than that of the returns generated by some of the closley tracked stock market indexes. The company is a part of Wilshire 5000 index, and a few other wider multi-cap stock market indexes.

Noble Energy

Noble Energy, Inc., incorporated on December 29, 1969, is an independent energy company. The Company is engaged in crude oil, natural gas and natural gas liquids (NGLs) exploration, development, production ... see Detailed Company Profile and Dividend History.
Based on the market-cap change from $8.94 billion to $10.29 billion during the given months of the year 2019 and the share price change from $18.76 per share to a price of $21.51 per share as of Jun 3, 2019, Noble Energy Inc (NBL) was successful in generating YTD returns of 14.66 percentage. Standing at the number eight rank in the top performing list of Natural Resources stocks, the Houston, Texas-based Noble Energy is categorized as the Oil and Gas Production sub-sector business which falls under the larger Energy sector. It is also a part of few famous stock indexes that are used to track the overall performance of the stock market. They include Wilshire 5000 index, S&P 500 index, and a few more broader-level indexes that are actively tracked in the market.

Gazprom Neft

Gazprom Neft' PAO is a vertically integrated oil company operating in the Russian Federation, Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and internationally. The Company's principal activities include exploration, production and development of crude oil and gas, production of refined petroleum products and distribution and marketing operations through its retail outlets. The Company manages its operations in two segments: Upstream and Downstream. ... see Detailed Company Profile and Dividend History.
The Russia-headquartered company Gazprom Neft PAO (GZPFY) is ranked number nine among the best performing stocks of Natural Resources of 2019. The Energy sector business falls under the Integrated oil Companies industrial sub-sector. Since the start of the year 2019, the stock price of Gazprom Neft has changed by 14.57 percent, which is calculated based on the previous year's closing price of $24.91 per share and year-to-date closing price of $28.54 per share as of writing. The market value of the company as indicated by its market-cap changed from $118.11 billion to $26.67 billion during the same period. Along with Natural Resources, the company is also in the business of Russia, Energy, Integrated oil Companies, Oil & Gas Integrated, among other usual products and services.

Devon Energy

Devon Energy Corporation, incorporated on May 18, 1999, is an independent energy company. The Company controls EnLink Midstream Partners, L.P. (EnLink). The Companys segments include U.S., Canada and EnLink. The ... see Detailed Company Profile and Dividend History.
The number ten spot in the list of top performing stocks of the Natural Resources sector is taken by Devon Energy Corp. (DVN). The company's stock price changed from $22.54 per share at the end of December of the previous year to the price of $25.51 per share as of writing. Overall, the stock managed to realized price change of 13.18 percent during the given time period. The corresponding change in the market capitalization value of the Oklahoma City, Oklahoma-based Energy sector company was from $10.56 billion to $10.59 billion. Being ranked in the top 10 best performing stocks of the Natural Resources sector, the company also succeeded in outperforming the returns generated by some of the popular stock market indexes. They include the Wilshire 5000 index, S&P 500 index, and a handful of other multi-capitalization indexes.
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