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Best Performing Brazil Stocks of 2020

Updated Dec 31, 2020
Investors keenly look for diversification in their stock holding portfolios, and the raisk-takers don't mind taking a position in stocks of the overseas companies. Owing to the natural cycle of varying returns generated from stocks of different regions of the world, taking a position in foreign stocks allows one a good opportunity to benefit, if the investment is done correctly. Brazil, the largest South American nation, offers a great pool of companies which can be explored for investments by local as well as global investors, including those who are based in the USA. Many of the Brazilian stocks are listed on the American exchanges like NYSE and NASDAQ, and many trade as American Depository Receipt (ADR) stocks. The sector-wise diversification available in Brazil-based stocks is also well spanned out, which allows investors to pick and choose the Brazilian stocks as per their sectoral preferences.

While Mexican companies do provide a good opportunity to diversify an investor's portfolio, one can also explore the best performing stocks of other growing economies (including a few BRIC economies) which are as follows:
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Among the various Brazil companies whose stocks are listed on stock exchanges, which ones generated the top returns this year? Which of those figured among the winners in the long list of Brazil stocks?
This article provides a list of Brazil 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 Brazil stocks between the end of the previous year and Dec 31, 2020, and the top 10 return generating Brazil stocks are listed below.

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Top Brazil Stocks With Highest Returns

The following list presents stocks of the companies which belong to the broader Brazil sector or the stock market index, their corresponding prices as of given date, and the percentage gains realized:
 1) National Steel Company (SID) 2) VALE S.A. (VALE) 3) Suzano Papel e Celulose S.A. (SUZ) 4) Brasilagro Cia Brasileira De Propriedades Agricolas (LND) 5) CPFL Energia S.A. (CPL)
 6) Gerdau S.A. (GGB) 7) Comp En De Mn Cemig ADS (CIG) 8) Companhia Paranaense de Energia (COPEL) (ELP) 9) Centrais Electricas Brasileiras S.A.- Eletrobras (EBR) 10) Ultrapar Participacoes S.A. (UGP)
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Here's a look at the basic details and how the above mentioned stocks fared during the period:

National Steel

Companhia Siderúrgica Nacional operates as an integrated steel producer in Brazil. It operates through five segments: Steel, Mining, Logistics, Cement, and Energy. It produces a line of steel product ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of National Steel.
The Brazil-based National Steel Company (SID) belongs to the Capital Goods sector and is categorized as a Steel and Iron company. The stock of National Steel ended the previous year at a price of $3.45 per share. As of Dec 31, 2020, the stock price has reached $5.95 apiece, which indicates a change of 72.46 percent making the company rank among the top performing stocks of the Brazil for the year 2020 till date. At the end of the last year, company's market capitalization stood at $4.77 billion. It has now changed to $8.28 billion as of writing.

VALE SA

Vale S.A., together with its subsidiaries, produces and sells iron ore and iron ore pellets for use as raw materials in steelmaking in Brazil and internationally. It operates through Ferrous Minerals, ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of VALE SA.
The Brazil-headquartered company VALE S.A. (VALE) is ranked number two among the best performing stocks of Brazil 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 VALE SA has changed by 26.97 percent, which is calculated based on the previous year's closing price of $13.2 per share and year-to-date closing price of $16.76 per share as of writing. The market value of the company as indicated by its market-cap changed from $67.69 billion to $85.98 billion during the same period. Along with Brazil, the company is also in the business of Iron, Basic Industries, Precious Metals, Basic Materials, Industrial Metals & Minerals, among other usual products and services.

Suzano Papel e Celulose

Suzano Papel e Celulose S.A. produces and sells eucalyptus pulp and paper products in Brazil. The company offers coated and uncoated papers, paperboards, and rolls of sanitary papers; tissue papers; lignin and ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Suzano Papel e Celulose.
During the given months of the year 2020, Suzano Papel e Celulose S.A. (SUZ) was successful in generating YTD returns of 13.62 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 Salvador, BA-based Suzano Papel e Celulose closed at a price of $9.84 per share, while it traded at a price of $11.18 per share as of Dec 31, 2020. The company's market cap changed from $13.19 billion to $15.19 billion during the same period YTD. The company is classified under the Basic Materials industry sector and further specialized as a Basic Materials sector business.

Brasilagro Cia Brasileira De Propriedades Agricola

BrasilAgro - Companhia Brasileira de Propriedades Agrícolas engages in the acquisition, development, operation, and sale of rural properties suitable for agricultural activities in Brazil. The company operates ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Brasilagro Cia Brasileira De Propriedades Agricola.
Rank number four in the coveted list is held by Brasilagro Cia Brasileira De Propriedades Agricolas (LND) for being among the top performing stocks of 2020. Headquartered in Sao Paulo, SP, the Consumer Defensive sector company is categorized under the industrial sub-sector of Consumer Defensive. Since the start of the year 2020, stock of Brasilagro Cia Brasileira De Propriedades Agricola has so far gained 4.82 percentage, based on the previous year's closing price of $4.77 per share and year-to-date price of $5 per share. During the same period, the market capitalization of the company changed from $258.94 million to $296.31 million.

CPFL Energia

CPFL Energia S.A., incorporated on March 20, 1998, is a holding company. The Company, through its subsidiaries, distributes, generates, transmits and commercializes electricity in Brazil, as well as provides energy-related ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of CPFL Energia.
At number five in the list of top stocks stands CPFL Energia S.A. (CPL), which saw a change in its stock price from the level of $17.24 apiece during previous year December end to the price of $17.36 per share as of Dec 31, 2020. It translates to a change of 0.7 percentage. The Brazil-headquartered Public Utilities sector company also saw its market value change from $9.91 billion to $10.26 billion.

Gerdau

Gerdau S.A. provides steel-related products and services worldwide. It operates through four segments: Brazil Operations, North America Operations, South America Operations, and Special Steel Operatio ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Gerdau.
Based on the market-cap change from $7.89 billion to $7.47 billion during the given months of the year 2020 and the share price change from $4.9 per share to a price of $4.67 per share as of Dec 31, 2020, Gerdau S.A. (GGB) was successful in generating YTD returns of -4.69 percentage. Standing at the number six rank in the top performing list of Brazil stocks, the Brazil-based Gerdau is categorized as the Steel and Iron sub-sector business which falls under the larger Capital Goods sector.

Comp En De Mn Cemig ADS

Companhia Energetica de Minas Gerais-CEMIG, incorporated on May 22, 1952, is a holding company that is engaged in the generation, transmission and distribution of electricity. The Companys segments include Generation, ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Comp En De Mn Cemig ADS.
Comp En De Mn Cemig ADS (CIG) has moved by -15.54 percentage over the given period of 2020-YTD, helping it gain a place at number seven among the top performing stocks. The Public Utilities sector company managed to achieve the feat as its stock price changed from $3.41 apiece to the price of $2.88 per share between the end of December of the previous year and Dec 31, 2020. The smart run of the Brazil-based Electric Utilities sector company lead to a handsome gain in its marketcap which changed from $5.11 billion to $4.48 billion over the same duration.

Companhia Paranaense COPEL

Companhia Paranaense de Energia - Copel, incorporated on October 26, 1954, is engaged in the generation, transmission, distribution and sale of electricity primarily in the Brazilian State of Parana. The ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Companhia Paranaense COPEL.
The Curitiba, Brazil-based Public Utilities sector company Companhia Paranaense de Energia (COPEL) (ELP) holds the number eight spot among the best performing stocks of the Brazil sector. Classified as the Electric Utilities business, the stock price of Companhia Paranaense COPEL ended the previous year at a price of $16.94 per share while it reached the level of $14.3 apiece as of Dec 31, 2020 translating to a percentage change in stock price of -15.58%. As of writing, the company's market-cap value stands at $3.91 billion.

Centrais Electricas Brasileiras

Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras SA, incorporated on June 11, 1962, is a Brazil-based holding company engaged in the electric power generation and transmission. Its subsidiaries are responsible for 39,453 MW of ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Centrais Electricas Brasileiras.
The number nine spot in the list of top performing stocks of the Brazil sector is taken by Centrais Electricas Brasileiras S.A.- Eletrobras (EBR). The company's stock price changed from $9.32 per share at the end of December of the previous year to the price of $6.99 per share as of writing. Overall, the stock managed to realized price change of -25 percent during the given time period. The corresponding change in the market capitalization value of the Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil-based Public Utilities sector company was from $12.5 billion to $10.83 billion. Being ranked in the top 10 best performing stocks of the Brazil sector, the company also succeeded in outperforming the returns generated by some of the popular stock market indexes.

Ultrapar Participacoes

Ultrapar Participacoes S.A. (Ultrapar), incorporated on December 20, 1953, is a holding company. The Company engages in the investment of its capital in services, commercial and industrial activities, through the ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Ultrapar Participacoes.
Ultrapar Participacoes (UGP) generated percentage returns of -27.64 percent during the 2020 year-to-date. Its returns are based on the share price which moved from $6.26 per share from the previous year-end to the price of $4.53 per share as of Dec 31, 2020. The company's value, as indicated by the market-cap figure, changed from $6.78 billion to $4.97 billion during the same period.
The company is categorized as a Public Utilities speciality business with further classification in the Oil and Gas Transmission sub-category. Based in Brazil, the YTD performance of the Brazil sector also fared better than that of the returns generated by some of the closley tracked stock market indexes.
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