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Best Performing Biofuels Stocks of 2020

Updated Sep 15, 2020
The thought of fuel brings to mind the traditional fossil-based fuels like petrol and diesel. In addition to those, there are other methods to generate fuels. One such category of fuels is called Biofuels, which often emerge as a by-product of other industrial and commercial processes.
By standard definition, A biofuel is defined as the category of fuel which is produced through a biological process, rather than a natural geological process. For instance, an agriculture-linked process or an anaerobic method that is used to process biological matter may result in material that can be used as a biofuel. The most common form of biofule is biogas which is generated using manure and droplings of animals and other forms of digested organic materials. Other typical examples of biofuels include ethanol which is usually derived from agricultural produce like corn and sugarcane, vegetable oils and liquid animal fats that qualify to be called biodiesel, other forms of green diesel which emerge from algae and other sources of vegetation.
Among the big basket of Biofuels stocks, which ones generated the top returns this year? Which of those figured among the winners in the long list of Biofuels stocks?
This article provides a list of Biofuels stocks which have generated top returns in the year 2020 so far. till date of writing. The list is prepared based on the percentage returns generated by the individual Biofuels stocks between the end of the previous year and Sep 15, 2020, and the top 10 return generating Biofuels stocks are listed below.
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Top Biofuels Stocks With Highest Returns

The following list presents stocks of the companies which belong to the broader Biofuels sector or the stock market index, their corresponding prices as of given date, and the percentage gains realized:
 1) Pacific Ethanol, Inc. (PEIX) 2) Aemetis, Inc (AMTX) 3) Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (REGI) 4) Darling Ingredients Inc. (DAR) 5) Archer-Daniels-Midland Co (ADM)
 6) Green Plains, Inc. (GPRE) 7) FutureFuel Corp. (FF) 8) LyondellBasell (LYB) 9) Bunge Limited (BG) 10) Cosan Limited (CZZ)
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Here's a look at the basic details and how the above mentioned stocks fared during the period:

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.
The California, CA-headquartered company Pacific Ethanol, Inc. (PEIX) is ranked number one among the best performing stocks of Biofuels of 2020. The Basic Industries sector business falls under the Major Chemicals industrial sub-sector. Since the start of the year 2020, the stock price of Pacific Ethanol has changed by 638.46 percent, which is calculated based on the previous year's closing price of $0.65 per share and year-to-date closing price of $4.8 per share as of writing. The market value of the company as indicated by its market-cap changed from $35.95 million to $273.53 million during the same period. Along with Biofuels, the company is also in the business of Basic Industries, Major Chemicals, Energy, Oil & Gas Refining & Marketing, Oil, Wilshire 5000, among other usual products and services. Pacific Ethanol 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.

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.
During the given months of the year 2020, Aemetis, Inc (AMTX) was successful in generating YTD returns of 144.58 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 Aemetis closed at a price of $0.83 per share, while it traded at a price of $2.03 per share as of Sep 15, 2020. The company's market cap changed from $17.07 million to $42.58 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.

Renewable Energy

Renewable Energy Group, Inc. produces biomass-based diesel and biofuel and develops renewable chemicals. The company utilizes an integrated procurement, distribution, and logistics network to convert ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Renewable Energy.
Rank number three in the coveted list is held by Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (REGI) for being among the top performing stocks of 2020. Headquartered in Iowa, IA, the Basic Industries sector company is categorized under the industrial sub-sector of Major Chemicals. Since the start of the year 2020, stock of Renewable Energy has so far gained 68.05 percentage, based on the previous year's closing price of $26.95 per share and year-to-date price of $45.29 per share. During the same period, the market capitalization of the company changed from $1.05 billion to $1.78 billion. The stock of Renewable Energy 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.

Darling Ingredients

Darling Ingredients Inc. (Darling), incorporated on December 13, 1962, is a developer and producer of sustainable natural ingredients from edible and inedible bio-nutrients, creating a range of ingredients and customized ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Darling Ingredients.
At number four in the list of top stocks stands Darling Ingredients Inc. (DAR), which saw a change in its stock price from the level of $28.08 apiece during previous year December end to the price of $35 per share as of Sep 15, 2020. It translates to a change of 24.64 percentage. The Texas, TX-headquartered Consumer Non-Durables sector company also saw its market value change from $4.6 billion to $5.67 billion. The Packaged Foods 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.

Archer-Daniels-Midland

Archer-Daniels-Midland Company, incorporated on May 2, 1923, is a processor of oilseeds, corn, wheat, cocoa and other agricultural commodities. The Company manufactures protein meal, vegetable oil, corn sweeteners, flour, biodiesel, ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Archer-Daniels-Midland.
The Decatur, Illinois-based Archer-Daniels-Midland Co (ADM) belongs to the Consumer Non-Durables sector and is categorized as a Packaged Foods company. The stock of Archer-Daniels-Midland ended the previous year at a price of $46.35 per share. As of Sep 15, 2020, the stock price has reached $47.47 apiece, which indicates a change of 2.42 percent making the company rank among the top performing stocks of the Biofuels for the year 2020 till date. At the end of the last year, company's market capitalization stood at $25.8 billion. It has now changed to $26.38 billion as of writing. Archer-Daniels-Midland continues to be a leading constituent of many major stock market indexes like Wilshire 5000 index, S&P 500 index, and several other broader level multi-cap market indicators.

Green Plains

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 Nebraska, NE-based Basic Industries sector company Green Plains, Inc. (GPRE) holds the number six spot among the best performing stocks of the Biofuels sector. Classified as the Major Chemicals business, the stock price of Green Plains ended the previous year at a price of $15.43 per share while it reached the level of $14.99 apiece as of Sep 15, 2020 translating to a percentage change in stock price of -2.85%. As of writing, the company's market-cap value stands at $534.44 million. Few leading stock market index includes Green Plains 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.

FutureFuel

FutureFuel Corp., incorporated on August 12, 2005, is the holding company of FutureFuel Chemical Company. FutureFuel Chemical Company manufactures diversified chemical products, bio-based products consisting of biofuels, and bio-based specialty ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of FutureFuel.
Based on the market-cap change from $541.98 million to $521.42 million during the given months of the year 2020 and the share price change from $12.39 per share to a price of $11.92 per share as of Sep 15, 2020, FutureFuel Corp. (FF) was successful in generating YTD returns of -3.79 percentage. Standing at the number seven rank in the top performing list of Biofuels stocks, the Missouri, MO-based FutureFuel is categorized as the Major Chemicals 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, Russell 2000 index, and a few more broader-level indexes that are actively tracked in the market.

LyondellBasell

LyondellBasell Industries N.V., incorporated October 15, 2009, is a global chemical company. The Company manages its operations through five segments: Olefins and Polyolefins-Americas (O&P-Americas); Olefins and Polyolefins-Europe, Asia, International (O&P-EAI); ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of LyondellBasell.
LyondellBasell (LYB) has moved by -18.98 percentage over the given period of 2020-YTD, helping it gain a place at number eight among the top performing stocks. The Basic Industries sector company managed to achieve the feat as its stock price changed from $94.48 apiece to the price of $76.55 per share between the end of December of the previous year and Sep 15, 2020. The smart run of the Rotterdam, Netherlands-based Major Chemicals sector company lead to a handsome gain in its marketcap which changed from $31.5 billion to $25.56 billion over the same duration. LyondellBasell is a key member of many popular stock market indexes. They include Wilshire 5000 index, S&P 500 index, and several other broader level multi-cap market indicators.

Bunge

Bunge Limited operates as an agribusiness and food company worldwide. It operates in five segments: Agribusiness, Edible Oil Products, Milling Products, Sugar and Bioenergy, and Fertilizer. The Agribu ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Bunge.
The number nine spot in the list of top performing stocks of the Biofuels sector is taken by Bunge Limited (BG). The company's stock price changed from $57.55 per share at the end of December of the previous year to the price of $46.37 per share as of writing. Overall, the stock managed to realized price change of -19.43 percent during the given time period. The corresponding change in the market capitalization value of the New York, NY-based Consumer Non-Durables sector company was from $8.15 billion to $6.48 billion. Being ranked in the top 10 best performing stocks of the Biofuels 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.

Cosan

Cosan Limited (Cosan), incorporated on April 30, 2007, is a holding company. The Companys segments include Raizen Energia, Raizen Combustiveis, COMGAS, Cosan Logistica, Lubricants and Other business. The Companys other ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Cosan.
Cosan (CZZ) generated percentage returns of -24.34 percent during the 2020 year-to-date. Its returns are based on the share price which moved from $22.84 per share from the previous year-end to the price of $17.28 per share as of Sep 15, 2020. The company's value, as indicated by the market-cap figure, changed from $5.07 billion to $3.99 billion during the same period.
The company is categorized as a Consumer Non-Durables speciality business with further classification in the Specialty Foods sub-category. Based in Brazil, the YTD performance of the Biofuels sector also fared better than that of the returns generated by some of the closley tracked stock market indexes.
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