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Best Performing Basic Materials Stocks of 2020

Updated Dec 31, 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 Dec 31, 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) Turquoise Hill Resources Ltd. (TRQ) 2) Polymet Mining Corp. (PLM) 3) Intrepid Potash, Inc (IPI) 4) CVR Partners, LP (UAN) 5) Lithium Americas Corp. (LAC)
 6) China Ceramics Co., Ltd. (CCCL) 7) Centrus Energy Corp. (LEU) 8) Alpha Pro Tech, Ltd. (APT) 9) Piedmont Lithium Limited (PLL) 10) Aemetis, Inc (AMTX)

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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:

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 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 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 Materials, the company is also in the business of Silver, Basic Industries, Precious Metals, 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.
Based on the market-cap change from $255.88 million to $336.41 million during the given months of the year 2020 and the share price change from $0.25 per share to a price of $3.41 per share as of Dec 31, 2020, Polymet Mining Corp. (PLM) was successful in generating YTD returns of 1264 percentage. Standing at the number two rank in the top performing list of Basic Materials stocks, the Toronto, ON-based Polymet Mining is categorized as the Precious Metals sub-sector business which falls under the larger Basic Industries sector.

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 791.14 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 $24.15 per share as of Dec 31, 2020. The company's market cap changed from $357.64 million to $321.06 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.

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.
Rank number four in the coveted list is held by CVR Partners, LP (UAN) for being among the top performing stocks of 2020. Headquartered in Texas, TX, the Basic Industries sector company is categorized under the industrial sub-sector of Agricultural Chemicals. Since the start of the year 2020, stock of CVR Partners LP has so far gained 416.77 percentage, based on the previous year's closing price of $3.1 per share and year-to-date price of $16.02 per share. During the same period, the market capitalization of the company changed from $351.18 million to $177.8 million.

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.
The Vancouver, BC-based Lithium Americas Corp. (LAC) belongs to the Basic Materials sector and is categorized as a Basic Materials company. The stock of Lithium Americas ended the previous year at a price of $3.17 per share. As of Dec 31, 2020, the stock price has reached $12.55 apiece, which indicates a change of 295.9 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 $283.42 million. It has now changed to $1.32 billion as of writing.

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.
At number six in the list of top stocks stands China Ceramics Co., Ltd. (CCCL), which saw a change in its stock price from the level of $0.68 apiece during previous year December end to the price of $2.42 per share as of Dec 31, 2020. It translates to a change of 255.88 percentage. The China-headquartered Capital Goods sector company also saw its market value change from $4.14 million to $7.38 million.

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.
Centrus Energy Corp. (LEU) has moved by 236.19 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 $6.88 apiece to the price of $23.13 per share between the end of December of the previous year and Dec 31, 2020. The smart run of the Maryland, MD-based Mining Quarrying Minerals sector company lead to a handsome gain in its marketcap which changed from $62.79 million to $278.48 million over the same duration. Centrus Energy is a key member of many popular stock market indexes. They include Wilshire 5000 index, and several other broader level multi-cap market indicators.

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.
The Canada-based Health Care sector company Alpha Pro Tech, Ltd. (APT) holds the number eight spot among the best performing stocks of the Basic Materials sector. Classified as the Industrial Specialties business, the stock price of Alpha Pro Tech ended the previous year at a price of $3.43 per share while it reached the level of $11.15 apiece as of Dec 31, 2020 translating to a percentage change in stock price of 225.07%. As of writing, the company's market-cap value stands at $151.39 million. Few leading stock market index includes Alpha Pro Tech in their constituent list. They include Wilshire 5000 index, Russell 2000 index, and a few other larger indexes which are part of the stock market.

Piedmont Lithium

Piedmont Lithium Limited engages in the exploration and development of mineral properties in the United States. It primarily holds a 100% interest in the Piedmont lithium project covering a landholding of 1,092 ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Piedmont Lithium.
The number nine spot in the list of top performing stocks of the Basic Materials sector is taken by Piedmont Lithium Limited (PLL). The company's stock price changed from $8.39 per share at the end of December of the previous year to the price of $26.55 per share as of writing. Overall, the stock managed to realized price change of 216.45 percent during the given time period. The corresponding change in the market capitalization value of the Perth, WA-based Basic Materials sector company was from $66.14 million to $388.76 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.

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.
Aemetis (AMTX) generated percentage returns of 200 percent during the 2020 year-to-date. Its returns are based on the share price which moved from $0.83 per share from the previous year-end to the price of $2.49 per share as of Dec 31, 2020. The company's value, as indicated by the market-cap figure, changed from $17.07 million to $54.32 million during the same period.
The company is categorized as a Basic Industries speciality business with further classification in the Major Chemicals sub-category. Based in California, CA, 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. The company is a part of Wilshire 5000 index, and a few other wider multi-cap stock market indexes.
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