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Best Performing Basic Materials Stocks of 2020

Updated Sep 15, 2020
Basic materials include metals, minerals, oil, and anything that can be found in abundance in the environment and in the earth. These substances are used as the basic building blocks to support human life, economy and other activities of the present day developed world. Like, iron and steel are the core building metals, oil is the resource fulfilling the necessary need of power, and various other minerals like chemicals are used in different capacities and compositions to serve different requirements.
The basic materials sector is very wide and diversified, and covers a large variety of businesses. Among this long list, it can be a daunting task for investors to look for the best performers.
Among several of the basic materials companies whose stocks are listed and actively trading on the stock exchanges, which have been the top performers in terms of generating the highest returns in their stock prices?
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 materials stocks between the end of the previous and Sep 15, 2020, and the top 10 return generating basic materials stocks are listed below.
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Top Basic Materials Stocks With Highest Returns

The following list presents stocks of the companies which belong to the broader Basic Materials sector or the stock market index, their corresponding prices as of given date, and the percentage gains realized:
 1) Polymet Mining Corp. (PLM) 2) Alpha Pro Tech, Ltd. (APT) 3) Intrepid Potash, Inc (IPI) 4) China Ceramics Co., Ltd. (CCCL) 5) Comstock Mining, Inc. (LODE)
 6) Lithium Americas Corp. (LAC) 7) DRDGOLD Limited (DRD) 8) International Tower Hill Mines Ltd (THM) 9) Aemetis, Inc (AMTX) 10) Taseko Mines Limited (TGB)

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Performance of Top Basic Materials 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 Materials 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 1336 percent, which is calculated based on the previous year's closing price of $0.25 per share and year-to-date closing price of $3.59 per share as of writing. The market value of the company as indicated by its market-cap changed from $255.88 million to $363.86 million during the same period. Along with Basic Materials, the company is also in the business of Basic Industries, Precious Metals, Industrial Metals & Minerals, among other usual products and services.

Alpha Pro Tech

Alpha Pro Tech, Ltd., together with its subsidiaries, engages in developing, manufacturing, and marketing a line of disposable protective apparel, building supply products, and infection control produ ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Alpha Pro Tech.
Based on the market-cap change from $44.66 million to $196.62 million during the given months of the year 2020 and the share price change from $3.43 per share to a price of $14.47 per share as of Sep 15, 2020, Alpha Pro Tech, Ltd. (APT) was successful in generating YTD returns of 321.87 percentage. Standing at the number two rank in the top performing list of Basic Materials stocks, the Canada-based Alpha Pro Tech is categorized as the Industrial Specialties sub-sector business which falls under the larger Health Care 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, Russell 2000 index, and a few more broader-level indexes that are actively tracked in the market.

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.
During the given months of the year 2020, Intrepid Potash, Inc (IPI) was successful in generating YTD returns of 237.64 percentage which helped it gain the number three 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 Colorado, CO-based Intrepid Potash closed at a price of $2.71 per share, while it traded at a price of $9.15 per share as of Sep 15, 2020. The company's market cap changed from $357.64 million to $121.65 million during the same period YTD. It ranks as a key constituent of major indexes that include Wilshire 5000 index, Russell 2000 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 Mining Quarrying Minerals sector business.

China Ceramics

China Ceramics Co., Ltd., incorporated on September 20, 2009, is a manufacturer of ceramic tiles used for exterior siding and for interior flooring, and design in residential and commercial buildings. ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of China Ceramics.
Rank number four in the coveted list is held by China Ceramics Co., Ltd. (CCCL) for being among the top performing stocks of 2020. Headquartered in China, the Capital Goods sector company is categorized under the industrial sub-sector of Building Materials. Since the start of the year 2020, stock of China Ceramics has so far gained 220.59 percentage, based on the previous year's closing price of $0.68 per share and year-to-date price of $2.18 per share. During the same period, the market capitalization of the company changed from $4.14 million to $6.76 million.

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 Sep 15, 2020, the stock price has reached $1.29 apiece, which indicates a change of 193.18 percent making the company rank among the top performing stocks of the Basic Materials 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 $41.71 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.

Lithium Americas

Lithium Americas Corp. operates as a resource company in the United States. The company explores for lithium deposits. It primarily holds interests in the Cauchari-Olaroz Project located in Jujuy province of Ar ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Lithium Americas.
At number six in the list of top stocks stands Lithium Americas Corp. (LAC), which saw a change in its stock price from the level of $3.17 apiece during previous year December end to the price of $8.79 per share as of Sep 15, 2020. It translates to a change of 177.29 percentage. The Vancouver, BC-headquartered Basic Materials sector company also saw its market value change from $283.42 million to $793.67 million.

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 Limited (DRD) has moved by 163.55 percentage over the given period of 2020-YTD, helping it gain a place at number seven among the top performing stocks. The Basic Industries sector company managed to achieve the feat as its stock price changed from $5.13 apiece to the price of $13.52 per share between the end of December of the previous year and Sep 15, 2020. The smart run of the South Africa-based Precious Metals sector company lead to a handsome gain in its marketcap which changed from $338.31 million to $1.18 billion over the same duration.

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 eight spot among the best performing stocks of the Basic Materials 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 $1.39 apiece as of Sep 15, 2020 translating to a percentage change in stock price of 157.41%. As of writing, the company's market-cap value stands at $269.68 million.

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.
The number nine spot in the list of top performing stocks of the Basic Materials sector is taken by Aemetis, Inc (AMTX). The company's stock price changed from $0.83 per share at the end of December of the previous year to the price of $2.03 per share as of writing. Overall, the stock managed to realized price change of 144.58 percent during the given time period. The corresponding change in the market capitalization value of the California, CA-based Basic Industries sector company was from $17.07 million to $42.58 million. Being ranked in the top 10 best performing stocks of the Basic Materials 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.

Taseko Mines

Taseko Mines Limited is a mining company. The Company is principally engaged in the production and sale of metals, as well as related activities, including exploration and mine development, within the province of British Columbia, Canada and the State of Arizona, the United States. ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Taseko Mines.
Taseko Mines (TGB) generated percentage returns of 135.42 percent during the 2020 year-to-date. Its returns are based on the share price which moved from $0.48 per share from the previous year-end to the price of $1.13 per share as of Sep 15, 2020. The company's value, as indicated by the market-cap figure, changed from $116.17 million to $280.19 million 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 Canada, the YTD performance of the Basic Materials sector also fared better than that of the returns generated by some of the closley tracked stock market indexes.
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