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Best Performing Basic Industries Stocks of 2020

Updated Oct 16, 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 Oct 16, 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) Polymet Mining Corp. (PLM) 2) Pacific Ethanol, Inc. (PEIX) 3) Aemetis, Inc (AMTX) 4) A-Mark Precious Metals, Inc. (AMRK) 5) Intrepid Potash, Inc (IPI)
 6) International Tower Hill Mines Ltd (THM) 7) Limbach Holdings, Inc. (LMB) 8) Evogene Ltd. (EVGN) 9) Comstock Mining, Inc. (LODE) 10) DRDGOLD Limited (DRD)

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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:

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.
The Toronto, ON-headquartered company Polymet Mining Corp. (PLM) 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 Polymet Mining has changed by 1476 percent, which is calculated based on the previous year's closing price of $0.25 per share and year-to-date closing price of $3.94 per share as of writing. The market value of the company as indicated by its market-cap changed from $255.88 million to $403.49 million during the same period. Along with Basic Industries, the company is also in the business of Precious Metals, Basic Materials, Industrial Metals & Minerals, among other usual products and services.

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.
During the given months of the year 2020, Pacific Ethanol, Inc. (PEIX) was successful in generating YTD returns of 1461.54 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 California, CA-based Pacific Ethanol closed at a price of $0.65 per share, while it traded at a price of $10.15 per share as of Oct 16, 2020. The company's market cap changed from $35.95 million to $644.51 million during the same period YTD. It ranks as a key constituent of major indexes that include Wilshire 5000 index, and several other broader level multi-cap market indicators. The company is classified under the Basic Industries industry sector and further specialized as a Major Chemicals sector business.

Aemetis

Aemetis, Inc., incorporated on October 24, 2006, is an international renewable fuels and biochemicals company. The Company is focused on the production of fuels and chemicals through the acquisition, development ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Aemetis.
Rank number three in the coveted list is held by Aemetis, Inc (AMTX) for being among the top performing stocks of 2020. Headquartered in California, CA, the Basic Industries sector company is categorized under the industrial sub-sector of Major Chemicals. Since the start of the year 2020, stock of Aemetis has so far gained 356.63 percentage, based on the previous year's closing price of $0.83 per share and year-to-date price of $3.79 per share. During the same period, the market capitalization of the company changed from $17.07 million to $79.7 million. The stock of Aemetis continues to be a major constituent of many leading stock indexes which include Wilshire 5000 index, and several other broader level multi-cap market indicators.

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.
At number four in the list of top stocks stands A-Mark Precious Metals, Inc. (AMRK), which saw a change in its stock price from the level of $8.27 apiece during previous year December end to the price of $36.21 per share as of Oct 16, 2020. It translates to a change of 337.85 percentage. The California, CA-headquartered Basic Industries sector company also saw its market value change from $58.15 million to $254.74 million. The Other Specialty Stores 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, Russell 2000 index, and a handful of other multi-capitalization indexes.

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.
Intrepid Potash, Inc (IPI) has moved by 287.08 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 $2.71 apiece to the price of $10.49 per share between the end of December of the previous year and Oct 16, 2020. The smart run of the Colorado, CO-based Mining Quarrying Minerals sector company lead to a handsome gain in its marketcap which changed from $357.64 million to $139.47 million over the same duration. Intrepid Potash 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.

International Tower Hill Mines

International Tower Hill Mines Ltd., a mineral exploration company, acquires and explores for mineral properties Canada and the United States. It holds or has rights to acquire ownership or leasehold ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of International Tower Hill Mines.
The Canada-based Basic Industries sector company International Tower Hill Mines Ltd (THM) holds the number six spot among the best performing stocks of the Basic Industries sector. Classified as the Precious Metals business, the stock price of International Tower Hill Mines ended the previous year at a price of $0.54 per share while it reached the level of $1.43 apiece as of Oct 16, 2020 translating to a percentage change in stock price of 164.81%. As of writing, the company's market-cap value stands at $273.14 million.

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.
The number seven spot in the list of top performing stocks of the Basic Industries sector is taken by Limbach Holdings, Inc. (LMB). The company's stock price changed from $3.78 per share at the end of December of the previous year to the price of $9.55 per share as of writing. Overall, the stock managed to realized price change of 152.65 percent during the given time period. The corresponding change in the market capitalization value of the Pennsylvania, PA-based Basic Industries sector company was from $29.06 million to $75.29 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.

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.
Based on the market-cap change from $39.96 million to $116.15 million during the given months of the year 2020 and the share price change from $1.52 per share to a price of $3.82 per share as of Oct 16, 2020, Evogene Ltd. (EVGN) was successful in generating YTD returns of 151.32 percentage. Standing at the number eight rank in the top performing list of Basic Industries stocks, the Israel-based Evogene is categorized as the Agricultural Chemicals sub-sector business which falls under the larger Basic Industries sector.

Comstock Mining

Comstock Mining Inc. engages in the exploration, development, and production of gold and silver in Nevada. The company operates through Mining and Real Estate segments. The Mining segment owns and con ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Comstock Mining.
The Nevada, NV-based Comstock Mining, Inc. (LODE) belongs to the Basic Industries sector and is categorized as a Precious Metals company. The stock of Comstock Mining ended the previous year at a price of $0.44 per share. As of Oct 16, 2020, the stock price has reached $1.07 apiece, which indicates a change of 142.05 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 $11.21 million. It has now changed to $36.68 million as of writing. Comstock Mining 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.

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.
DRDGOLD (DRD) generated percentage returns of 141.91 percent during the 2020 year-to-date. Its returns are based on the share price which moved from $5.13 per share from the previous year-end to the price of $12.41 per share as of Oct 16, 2020. The company's value, as indicated by the market-cap figure, changed from $338.31 million to $1.08 billion during the same period.
The company is categorized as a Basic Industries speciality business with further classification in the Precious Metals sub-category. Based in South Africa, 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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