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Best Performing Basic Industries Stocks of 2020

Updated Dec 31, 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 Dec 31, 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) Turquoise Hill Resources Ltd. (TRQ) 2) Polymet Mining Corp. (PLM) 3) Intrepid Potash, Inc (IPI) 4) Pacific Ethanol, Inc. (PEIX) 5) CVR Partners, LP (UAN)
 6) Aqua Metals, Inc. (AQMS) 7) Centrus Energy Corp. (LEU) 8) Limbach Holdings, Inc. (LMB) 9) A-Mark Precious Metals, Inc. (AMRK) 10) Evogene Ltd. (EVGN)

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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:

Turquoise Hill Resources

Turquoise Hill Resources Ltd., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a mining company. The company explores for copper, gold, silver, and molybdenum deposits. It primarily develops and operates ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Turquoise Hill Resources.
The Canada-headquartered company Turquoise Hill Resources Ltd. (TRQ) is ranked number one among the best performing stocks of Basic Industries of 2020. The Basic Industries sector business falls under the Precious Metals industrial sub-sector. Since the start of the year 2020, the stock price of Turquoise Hill Resources has changed by 1578.38 percent, which is calculated based on the previous year's closing price of $0.74 per share and year-to-date closing price of $12.42 per share as of writing. The market value of the company as indicated by its market-cap changed from $1.47 billion to $2.49 billion during the same period. Along with Basic Industries, the company is also in the business of Silver, Precious Metals, Basic Materials, Copper, among other usual products and services.

Polymet Mining

PolyMet Mining Corp. explores for and develops natural resource properties. Its primary mineral property is the NorthMet project that includes NorthMet copper-nickel-precious metals ore body covering an area of ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Polymet Mining.
During the given months of the year 2020, Polymet Mining Corp. (PLM) was successful in generating YTD returns of 1264 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 Toronto, ON-based Polymet Mining closed at a price of $0.25 per share, while it traded at a price of $3.41 per share as of Dec 31, 2020. The company's market cap changed from $255.88 million to $336.41 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.

Intrepid Potash

Intrepid Potash, Inc. produces and sells potash and langbeinite products in the United States and internationally. It operates through two segments, Potash and Trio. The Potash segment offers muriate ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Intrepid Potash.
Rank number three in the coveted list is held by Intrepid Potash, Inc (IPI) for being among the top performing stocks of 2020. Headquartered in Colorado, CO, the Basic Industries sector company is categorized under the industrial sub-sector of Mining Quarrying Minerals. Since the start of the year 2020, stock of Intrepid Potash has so far gained 791.14 percentage, based on the previous year's closing price of $2.71 per share and year-to-date price of $24.15 per share. During the same period, the market capitalization of the company changed from $357.64 million to $321.06 million. The stock of Intrepid Potash continues to be a major constituent of many leading stock indexes which include Wilshire 5000 index, Russell 2000 index, and several other broader level multi-cap market indicators.

Pacific Ethanol

Pacific Ethanol, Inc. produces and markets low-carbon renewable fuels in the United States. The company operates in two segments, Production and Marketing. It produces and markets ethanol; specialty a ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Pacific Ethanol.
At number four in the list of top stocks stands Pacific Ethanol, Inc. (PEIX), which saw a change in its stock price from the level of $0.65 apiece during previous year December end to the price of $5.43 per share as of Dec 31, 2020. It translates to a change of 735.38 percentage. The California, CA-headquartered Basic Industries sector company also saw its market value change from $35.95 million to $392.71 million. The Major Chemicals 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, and a handful of other multi-capitalization indexes.

CVR Partners LP

CVR Partners, LP produces, distributes, and markets nitrogen fertilizer products in the United States. It offers ammonia products for agricultural and industrial customers; and urea ammonium nitrate p ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of CVR Partners LP.
CVR Partners, LP (UAN) has moved by 416.77 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 $3.1 apiece to the price of $16.02 per share between the end of December of the previous year and Dec 31, 2020. The smart run of the Texas, TX-based Agricultural Chemicals sector company lead to a handsome gain in its marketcap which changed from $351.18 million to $177.8 million over the same duration.

Aqua Metals

Aqua Metals, Inc. engages in the recycling of lead primarily in the United States. It produces and sells hard lead, lead compounds, and plastics. The company was founded in 2014 and is headquartered i ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Aqua Metals.
The California, CA-based Basic Industries sector company Aqua Metals, Inc. (AQMS) holds the number six spot among the best performing stocks of the Basic Industries sector. Classified as the Metal Fabrications business, the stock price of Aqua Metals ended the previous year at a price of $0.76 per share while it reached the level of $3 apiece as of Dec 31, 2020 translating to a percentage change in stock price of 294.74%. As of writing, the company's market-cap value stands at $183.53 million. Few leading stock market index includes Aqua Metals in their constituent list. They include Wilshire 5000 index, and a few other larger indexes which are part of the stock market.

Centrus Energy

Centrus Energy Corp. (Centrus), incorporated on June 29, 1998, supplies low-enriched uranium (LEU) for commercial nuclear power plants. The Company supplies LEU to both domestic and international utilities for use ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Centrus Energy.
The number seven spot in the list of top performing stocks of the Basic Industries sector is taken by Centrus Energy Corp. (LEU). The company's stock price changed from $6.88 per share at the end of December of the previous year to the price of $23.13 per share as of writing. Overall, the stock managed to realized price change of 236.19 percent during the given time period. The corresponding change in the market capitalization value of the Maryland, MD-based Basic Industries sector company was from $62.79 million to $278.48 million. 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. They include the Wilshire 5000 index, and a handful of other multi-capitalization indexes.

Limbach

Limbach Holdings, Inc., incorporated on April 15, 2014, is a mechanical systems solutions company. The Company provides building infrastructure services with a focus on design, installation and maintenance of heating, ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Limbach.
Based on the market-cap change from $29.06 million to $97.73 million during the given months of the year 2020 and the share price change from $3.78 per share to a price of $12.33 per share as of Dec 31, 2020, Limbach Holdings, Inc. (LMB) was successful in generating YTD returns of 226.19 percentage. Standing at the number eight rank in the top performing list of Basic Industries stocks, the Pennsylvania, PA-based Limbach is categorized as the Engineering and Construction sub-sector business which falls under the larger Basic Industries sector.

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-based A-Mark Precious Metals, Inc. (AMRK) belongs to the Basic Industries sector and is categorized as a Other Specialty Stores company. The stock of A-Mark Precious Metals ended the previous year at a price of $8.27 per share. As of Dec 31, 2020, the stock price has reached $25.65 apiece, which indicates a change of 210.16 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 $58.15 million. It has now changed to $181.86 million as of writing. A-Mark Precious Metals continues to be a leading constituent of many major stock market indexes like Wilshire 5000 index, Russell 2000 index, and several other broader level multi-cap market indicators.

Evogene

Evogene Ltd. (Evogene) is a biotechnology company for the improvement of crop productivity. The Company is engaged in developing seed traits for improved yield and abiotic stress tolerance, seed traits ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Evogene.
Evogene (EVGN) generated percentage returns of 209.21 percent during the 2020 year-to-date. Its returns are based on the share price which moved from $1.52 per share from the previous year-end to the price of $4.7 per share as of Dec 31, 2020. The company's value, as indicated by the market-cap figure, changed from $39.96 million to $171.95 million during the same period.
The company is categorized as a Basic Industries speciality business with further classification in the Agricultural Chemicals sub-category. Based in Israel, 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.
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