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Best Performing Basic Industries Stocks of 2020

Updated May 14, 2020
As the name suggests, the Basic Industry category of businesses provide the fundamental products and services. Imagine planning to start a manufacturing unit to produce designer metal railings for balconies. One will need metal like iron, source of energy like coal or electricity, chemicals, and similar few raw materials. The businesses which produce such core necessities - iron and steel, coal, chemicals and electricity - qualify to be called basic industries.
In a nutshell, the term 'Basic Industries' is a large superset of industry types that deal in producing all kinds of basic materials, commodities and raw ingredients that are sold to other industries. These other industries use these raw materials to generate finished goods and artifacts, and may also offer services around the business of such raw materials working.
Among several of the Basic Industries companies whose stocks are listed and actively trading on the stock exchanges, which have been the winners in terms of highest returns?
This article provides a list of the most diversified stocks that have given the top returns in the year 2020 till date of writing. The list is prepared based on the percentage returns generated by the individual Basic Industries stocks between the end of the previous and May 14, 2020, and the top 10 return generating Basic Industries stocks are listed below.
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Top Basic Industries Stocks With Highest Returns

The following list presents stocks of the companies which belong to the broader Basic Industries sector or the stock market index, their corresponding prices as of given date, and the percentage gains realized:
 1) A-Mark Precious Metals, Inc. (AMRK) 2) DRDGOLD Limited (DRD) 3) Gulf Resources, Inc. (GURE) 4) Newmont Mining Corporation (NEM) 5) Kinross Gold Corporation (KGC)
 6) Sharps Compliance Corp (SMED) 7) Barrick Gold Corp (GOLD) 8) Paramount Gold Nevada Corp. (PZG) 9) Franco-Nevada Corporation (FNV) 10) West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc. (WST)

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Performance of Top Basic Industries Stocks

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

A-Mark Precious Metals

A-Mark Precious Metals, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a precious metals trading company worldwide. The company offers gold, silver, platinum, and palladium in the form of bars, pla ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of A-Mark Precious Metals.
The California, CA-headquartered company A-Mark Precious Metals, Inc. (AMRK) is ranked number one among the best performing stocks of Basic Industries of 2020. The Basic Industries sector business falls under the Other Specialty Stores industrial sub-sector. Since the start of the year 2020, the stock price of A-Mark Precious Metals has changed by 95.65 percent, which is calculated based on the previous year's closing price of $8.27 per share and year-to-date closing price of $16.18 per share as of writing. The market value of the company as indicated by its market-cap changed from $58.15 million to $113.77 million during the same period. Along with Basic Industries, the company is also in the business of Silver, Platinum, Palladium, Other Specialty Stores, Financial Services, Capital Markets, among other usual products and services. A-Mark Precious Metals continues to be a leading constituent of many major stock market indexes like Wilshire 5000 index, and a few other larger indexes which are part of the stock market.

DRDGOLD

DRDGOLD Limited, a gold mining company, engages in surface gold tailings retreatment business in South Africa. The company's activities include exploration, extraction, processing, and smelting. It re ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of DRDGOLD.
During the given months of the year 2020, DRDGOLD Limited (DRD) was successful in generating YTD returns of 92.59 percentage which helped it gain the number two spot in the list of the top performing stocks which generated maximum returns during year 2020 till date. As of December of the previous year, the stock of the South Africa-based DRDGOLD closed at a price of $5.13 per share, while it traded at a price of $9.88 per share as of May 14, 2020. The company's market cap changed from $338.31 million to $868.17 million during the same period YTD. The company is classified under the Basic Industries industry sector and further specialized as a Precious Metals sector business.

Gulf Resources

Gulf Resources, Inc., through its subsidiaries, manufactures and trades in bromine, crude salt, chemical products, and natural gas in China. It provides bromine for use in brominated flame retardants, ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Gulf Resources.
Rank number three in the coveted list is held by Gulf Resources, Inc. (GURE) for being among the top performing stocks of 2020. Headquartered in China, the Basic Industries sector company is categorized under the industrial sub-sector of Major Chemicals. Since the start of the year 2020, stock of Gulf Resources has so far gained 70.78 percentage, based on the previous year's closing price of $2.55 per share and year-to-date price of $4.36 per share. During the same period, the market capitalization of the company changed from $24.27 million to $41.45 million.

Newmont Mining

Newmont Mining Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, operates in the mining industry. The company primarily acquires, develops, explores for, and produces gold, copper, and silver. Its operatio ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Newmont Mining.
At number four in the list of top stocks stands Newmont Mining Corporation (NEM), which saw a change in its stock price from the level of $43.45 apiece during previous year December end to the price of $66.64 per share as of May 14, 2020. It translates to a change of 53.37 percentage. The Colorado, CO-headquartered Basic Industries sector company also saw its market value change from $35.62 billion to $53.48 billion. The Precious Metals 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.

Kinross Gold

Kinross Gold Corporation is a gold mining company. The Company is engaged in gold mining and related activities, including exploration and acquisition of gold-bearing properties, the extraction and processing of ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Kinross Gold.
Kinross Gold Corporation (KGC) has moved by 51.9 percentage over the given period of 2020-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 $4.74 apiece to the price of $7.2 per share between the end of December of the previous year and May 14, 2020. The smart run of the Canada-based Precious Metals sector company lead to a handsome gain in its marketcap which changed from $5.93 billion to $9.06 billion over the same duration.

Sharps Compliance

Sharps Compliance Corp., incorporated on November 17, 1992, is a provider of waste management services, including medical, pharmaceutical and hazardous. The Companys solutions include Sharps Recovery System, TakeAway Medication Recovery ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Sharps Compliance.
The Texas, TX-based Basic Industries sector company Sharps Compliance Corp (SMED) holds the number six spot among the best performing stocks of the Basic Industries sector. Classified as the Environmental Services business, the stock price of Sharps Compliance ended the previous year at a price of $4.22 per share while it reached the level of $6.29 apiece as of May 14, 2020 translating to a percentage change in stock price of 49.05%. As of writing, the company's market-cap value stands at $102.88 million. Few leading stock market index includes Sharps Compliance in their constituent list. They include Wilshire 5000 index, and a few other larger indexes which are part of the stock market.

Barrick Gold

Barrick Gold Corporation explores for and develops mineral properties. The company primarily explores for gold, copper, and silver deposits. It holds a 50% interest in the Veladero, a gold mine locate ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Barrick Gold.
The number seven spot in the list of top performing stocks of the Basic Industries sector is taken by Barrick Gold Corp (GOLD). The company's stock price changed from $18.59 per share at the end of December of the previous year to the price of $27.14 per share as of writing. Overall, the stock managed to realized price change of 45.99 percent during the given time period. The corresponding change in the market capitalization value of the Toronto, Canada-based Basic Industries sector company was from $33 billion to $48.33 billion. Being ranked in the top 10 best performing stocks of the Basic Industries sector, the company also succeeded in outperforming the returns generated by some of the popular stock market indexes.

Paramount Gold Nevada

Paramount Gold Nevada Corp., incorporated on June 15, 1992, is an exploration-stage mining company. The Company is engaged in the business of acquiring, exploring and developing precious metal projects in ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Paramount Gold Nevada.
Based on the market-cap change from $21.36 million to $30.83 million during the given months of the year 2020 and the share price change from $0.77 per share to a price of $1.11 per share as of May 14, 2020, Paramount Gold Nevada Corp. (PZG) was successful in generating YTD returns of 44.16 percentage. Standing at the number eight rank in the top performing list of Basic Industries stocks, the Nevada, NV-based Paramount Gold Nevada is categorized as the Precious Metals sub-sector business which falls under the larger Basic Industries 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, and a few more broader-level indexes that are actively tracked in the market.

Franco-Nevada

Franco-Nevada Corporation operates as a gold-focused royalty and stream company in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Peru, Chile, Australia, and Africa. The company also holds interests in silver, pl ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Franco-Nevada.
The Canada-based Franco-Nevada Corporation (FNV) belongs to the Basic Industries sector and is categorized as a Precious Metals company. The stock of Franco-Nevada ended the previous year at a price of $103.3 per share. As of May 14, 2020, the stock price has reached $146.52 apiece, which indicates a change of 41.84 percent making the company rank among the top performing stocks of the Basic Industries for the year 2020 till date. At the end of the last year, company's market capitalization stood at $19.47 billion. It has now changed to $27.88 billion as of writing.

West Pharmaceutical

West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc., incorporated on July 27, 1923, is a manufacturer of packaging components and delivery systems for injectable drugs and healthcare products. The Companys products include vial containment ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of West Pharmaceutical.
West Pharmaceutical (WST) generated percentage returns of 39.93 percent during the 2020 year-to-date. Its returns are based on the share price which moved from $150.33 per share from the previous year-end to the price of $210.35 per share as of May 14, 2020. The company's value, as indicated by the market-cap figure, changed from $11.12 billion to $15.48 billion during the same period.
The company is categorized as a Basic Industries speciality business with further classification in the Specialty Chemicals sub-category. Based in Exton, Pennsylvania, the YTD performance of the Basic Industries 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.
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