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 2021 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 Apr 1, 2021, and the top 10 return generating basic materials stocks are listed below.
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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) Aemetis, Inc (AMTX)
Here's a look at the basic details and how the above mentioned stocks fared during the period:
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 California, CA-headquartered company Aemetis, Inc (AMTX) is ranked number one among the best performing stocks of Basic Materials of 2021. The Basic Industries sector business falls under the Major Chemicals industrial sub-sector. Since the start of the year 2021, the stock price of Aemetis has changed by 950.2 percent, which is calculated based on the previous year's closing price of $2.49 per share and year-to-date closing price of $26.15 per share as of writing. The market value of the company as indicated by its market-cap changed from $54.32 million to $708.64 million during the same period. Along with Basic Materials, the company is also in the business of Basic Industries, Major Chemicals, Specialty Chemicals, Biofuels, Wilshire 5000, among other usual products and services. Aemetis 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.
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. Based on the market-cap change from $35.82 million to $210.58 million during the given months of the year 2021 and the share price change from $1.04 per share to a price of $4.96 per share as of Apr 1, 2021, Comstock Mining, Inc. (LODE) was successful in generating YTD returns of 376.92 percentage. Standing at the number two rank in the top performing list of Basic Materials stocks, the Nevada, NV-based Comstock Mining 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.
ZK International Group Co.
ZK International Group Co., Ltd., through its subsidiaries, designs, produces, and sells double-press thin-walled stainless steel, carbon steel, and single-press tubes and fittings in the People's Republic of China. The company offers steel strips, steel pipes, and light gauge stainless steel pipes, as well as pipe connections and fittings, such ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of ZK International Group Co.. During the given months of the year 2021, ZK International Group Co., Ltd. (ZKIN) was successful in generating YTD returns of 279.54 percentage which helped it gain the number three spot in the list of the top performing stocks which generated maximum returns during year 2021 till date. As of December of the previous year, the stock of the China-based ZK International Group Co. closed at a price of $2.59 per share, while it traded at a price of $9.83 per share as of Apr 1, 2021. The company's market cap changed from $46.5 million to $194.02 million during the same period YTD. The company is classified under the Basic Materials industry sector and further specialized as a Basic Materials sector business.
Amyris, Inc., incorporated on April 15, 2010, is an integrated industrial biotechnology company. The Company is engaged in research and development and sales of fuels and farnesene-derived products. The Company ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Amyris. Rank number four in the coveted list is held by Amyris, Inc. (AMRS) for being among the top performing stocks of 2021. 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 2021, stock of Amyris has so far gained 213.43 percentage, based on the previous year's closing price of $6.18 per share and year-to-date price of $19.37 per share. During the same period, the market capitalization of the company changed from $1.48 billion to $5.11 billion. The stock of Amyris 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.
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. The Texas, TX-based CVR Partners, LP (UAN) belongs to the Basic Industries sector and is categorized as a Agricultural Chemicals company. The stock of CVR Partners LP ended the previous year at a price of $16.02 per share. As of Apr 1, 2021, the stock price has reached $45 apiece, which indicates a change of 180.9 percent making the company rank among the top performing stocks of the Basic Materials for the year 2021 till date. At the end of the last year, company's market capitalization stood at $177.8 million. It has now changed to $481.15 million as of writing.
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. At number six in the list of top stocks stands Piedmont Lithium Limited (PLL), which saw a change in its stock price from the level of $26.55 apiece during previous year December end to the price of $68.1 per share as of Apr 1, 2021. It translates to a change of 156.5 percentage. The Perth, WA-headquartered Basic Materials sector company also saw its market value change from $388.76 million to $1.09 billion.
TimkenSteel Corporation, incorporated on October 24, 2013, manufactures alloy steel, as well as carbon and micro-alloy steel. The Companys portfolio includes special bar quality (SBQ) bars, seamless mechanical tubing and ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Timken Steel. Timken Steel Corporation (TMST) has moved by 146.04 percentage over the given period of 2021-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 $4.67 apiece to the price of $11.49 per share between the end of December of the previous year and Apr 1, 2021. The smart run of the Ohio, OH-based Steel and Iron sector company lead to a handsome gain in its marketcap which changed from $210.86 million to $523.97 million over the same duration. Timken Steel 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.
Ferroglobe PLC, formerly VeloNewco Limited, is engaged in silicon and specialty metals industry. The Company produces silicon metal and silicon- and manganese-based alloy, which serves customers in the chemical, aluminum, ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Ferroglobe. The United Kingdom-based Capital Goods sector company Ferroglobe PLC (GSM) holds the number eight spot among the best performing stocks of the Basic Materials sector. Classified as the Metal Fabrications business, the stock price of Ferroglobe ended the previous year at a price of $1.64 per share while it reached the level of $3.9 apiece as of Apr 1, 2021 translating to a percentage change in stock price of 137.8%. As of writing, the company's market-cap value stands at $659.72 million.
Green Plains Inc. produces, markets, and distributes ethanol in the United States and internationally. The company operates in four segments: Ethanol Production; Agribusiness and Energy Services; Food ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Green Plains. The number nine spot in the list of top performing stocks of the Basic Materials sector is taken by Green Plains, Inc. (GPRE). The company's stock price changed from $13.17 per share at the end of December of the previous year to the price of $31.1 per share as of writing. Overall, the stock managed to realized price change of 136.14 percent during the given time period. The corresponding change in the market capitalization value of the Nebraska, NE-based Basic Industries sector company was from $469.62 million to $1.39 billion. 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, Russell 2000 index, and a handful of other multi-capitalization indexes.
Gevo, Inc., a renewable chemicals and biofuels company, focuses on the development and commercialization of alternatives to petroleum-based products based on isobutanol produced from renewable feedsto ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Gevo. Gevo (GEVO) generated percentage returns of 134.59 percent during the 2021 year-to-date. Its returns are based on the share price which moved from $4.25 per share from the previous year-end to the price of $9.97 per share as of Apr 1, 2021. The company's value, as indicated by the market-cap figure, changed from $508.42 million to $1.98 billion 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 Colorado, CO, 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.This page is updated every week/month. Bookmark this site to track the best performing stocks regularly.