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Best Performing Consumer Discretionary Stocks of 2021

Updated Apr 1, 2021
As the term indicated, 'Consumer Discretionary' means at the discretion of the consumer. Companies which qualify to be considered into the 'Consumer Discretionary' business are the ones which offer goods and services which are non-essential and may be considered a privilege or luxury.
For instance, there is a variety of footwear. One may opt for the bare minimum locally-made unbranded shoes at the price of $5 which are sufficient for basic protection and comfort while walking and running, and one may also opt for those like Nike or Adidas which may cost in excess of $500. Such items, like shoes, garments, vehicles and mobile phones, are at the discretion of the end consumer who may or may not opt for them depending upon their personal preference, income level, spending ability and usage.
All companies which offer such wide variety of goods and services fall under the Consumer Discretionary category. Examples of consumer discretionary services may include gym and spas, travel and leisure, and top-class entertainment.
A lot of such companies are listed on the leading stock exchanges, and investors can take a shot at these consumer discretionary companies' by looking at their recent past performance.
Among such a diversified variety of listed Consumer Discretionary companies, which have been the top performers in terms of generating the highest returns in their stock prices?
This article provides a list of the 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 stocks between the end of the previous year and Apr 1, 2021, and the top 10 return generating Consumer Discretionary stocks are listed below.

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Top Consumer Discretionary Stocks With Highest Returns

The following list presents stocks of the companies which belong to the broader Consumer Discretionary sector or the stock market index, their corresponding prices as of given date, and the percentage gains realized:
 1) Gamestop Corporation (GME) 2) AMC Entertainment Holdings, Inc. (AMC) 3) Salem Media Group, Inc. (SALM) 4) Entercom Communications Corporation (ETM) 5) Applied UV, Inc. (AUVI)
 6) Signet Jewelers (SIG) 7) Chico's FAS, Inc. (CHS) 8) Rocky Brands, Inc. (RCKY) 9) Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc. (BBGI) 10) Williams-Sonoma, Inc. (WSM)

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Performance of Top Consumer Discretionary Stocks

Here's a look at the basic details and how the above mentioned stocks fared during the period:

Gamestop

GameStop Corp. operates as a multichannel video game, consumer electronics, and wireless services retailer. It operates in five segments: United States, Canada, Australia, Europe, and Technology Brand ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Gamestop.
The Texas, TX-headquartered company Gamestop Corporation (GME) is ranked number one among the best performing stocks of Consumer Discretionary of 2021. The Consumer Services sector business falls under the Electronics Distribution industrial sub-sector. Since the start of the year 2021, the stock price of Gamestop has changed by 916.19 percent, which is calculated based on the previous year's closing price of $18.84 per share and year-to-date closing price of $191.45 per share as of writing. The market value of the company as indicated by its market-cap changed from $1.31 billion to $13.39 billion during the same period. Along with Consumer Discretionary, the company is also in the business of Consumer Services, Electronics Distribution, Consumer Cyclical, Specialty Retail, Gaming, Wilshire 5000, Russell 2000, among other usual products and services. Gamestop continues to be a leading constituent of many major stock market indexes like Wilshire 5000 index, Russell 2000 index, and a few other larger indexes which are part of the stock market.

AMC Entertainment

AMC Entertainment Holdings, Inc., incorporated on June 6, 2007, is a holding company. The Company, through its subsidiaries, including AMC Entertainment Inc. (AMCE), American Multi-Cinema, Inc. (OpCo) and its subsidiaries, ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of AMC Entertainment.
During the given months of the year 2021, AMC Entertainment Holdings, Inc. (AMC) was successful in generating YTD returns of 341.51 percentage which helped it gain the number two 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 Leawood, KS-based AMC Entertainment closed at a price of $2.12 per share, while it traded at a price of $9.36 per share as of Apr 1, 2021. The company's market cap changed from $340.67 million to $4.7 billion 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 Consumer Services industry sector and further specialized as a Movies Entertainment sector business.

Salem Media

Salem Media Group, Inc., formerly Salem Communications Corporation, incorporated on September 20, 1993, is a multi-media company specializing in Christian and Conservative content, with media properties consisting of radio broadcasting, ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Salem Media.
Rank number three in the coveted list is held by Salem Media Group, Inc. (SALM) for being among the top performing stocks of 2021. Headquartered in California, CA, the Consumer Services sector company is categorized under the industrial sub-sector of Broadcasting. Since the start of the year 2021, stock of Salem Media has so far gained 193.27 percentage, based on the previous year's closing price of $1.04 per share and year-to-date price of $3.05 per share. During the same period, the market capitalization of the company changed from $27.75 million to $81.88 million. The stock of Salem Media continues to be a major constituent of many leading stock indexes which include Wilshire 5000 index, and several other broader level multi-cap market indicators.

Entercom Communications

Entercom Communications Corp., incorporated on October 21, 1968, is a radio broadcasting company. The Company sells advertising time to local, regional and national advertisers and national network advertisers, purchasing spot ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Entercom Communications.
Based on the market-cap change from $340.82 million to $779.48 million during the given months of the year 2021 and the share price change from $2.47 per share to a price of $5.49 per share as of Apr 1, 2021, Entercom Communications Corporation (ETM) was successful in generating YTD returns of 122.27 percentage. Standing at the number four rank in the top performing list of Consumer Discretionary stocks, the Pennsylvania, PA-based Entercom Communications is categorized as the Broadcasting sub-sector business which falls under the larger Consumer Services 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.

Applied UV, Inc.

Applied UV, Inc. engages in the design, manufacture, assembly, and distribution of automated disinfecting mirror systems for use in hospitals ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Applied UV, Inc..
At number five in the list of top stocks stands Applied UV, Inc. (AUVI), which saw a change in its stock price from the level of $4.59 apiece during previous year December end to the price of $9.98 per share as of Apr 1, 2021. It translates to a change of 117.43 percentage. The Mount Vernon, United States-headquartered Consumer Cyclical sector company also saw its market value change from $35.51 million to $90.93 million.

Signet Jewelers

Signet Jewelers Limited engages in the retail sale of diamond jewelry, watches, and other products in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, and the Channel Islands. I ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Signet Jewelers.
Signet Jewelers (SIG) has moved by 110.19 percentage over the given period of 2021-YTD, helping it gain a place at number six among the top performing stocks. The Consumer Services sector company managed to achieve the feat as its stock price changed from $27.27 apiece to the price of $57.32 per share between the end of December of the previous year and Apr 1, 2021. The smart run of the Hamilton, Bermuda-based Consumer Specialties sector company lead to a handsome gain in its marketcap which changed from $1.43 billion to $3 billion over the same duration. Signet Jewelers 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.

Chico's FAS

Chicos FAS, Inc., incorporated on December 1, 1983, is an omni-channel specialty retailer of womens private branded, casual-to-dressy clothing, intimates and accessories, operating under the Chicos, White House Black Market ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Chico's FAS.
The number seven spot in the list of top performing stocks of the Consumer Discretionary sector is taken by Chico's FAS, Inc. (CHS). The company's stock price changed from $1.59 per share at the end of December of the previous year to the price of $3.25 per share as of writing. Overall, the stock managed to realized price change of 104.4 percent during the given time period. The corresponding change in the market capitalization value of the Florida, FL-based Consumer Services sector company was from $190.67 million to $389.04 million. Being ranked in the top 10 best performing stocks of the Consumer Discretionary 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.

Rocky Brands

Rocky Brands, Inc. designs, manufactures, and markets footwear and apparel under the Rocky, Georgia Boot, Durango, Lehigh, and Michelin brand names in the United States, Canada, and internationally. T ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Rocky Brands.
Rocky Brands (RCKY) generated percentage returns of 102.96 percent during the 2021 year-to-date. Its returns are based on the share price which moved from $28.07 per share from the previous year-end to the price of $56.97 per share as of Apr 1, 2021. The company's value, as indicated by the market-cap figure, changed from $203.3 million to $413.08 million during the same period.
The company is categorized as a Consumer Non-Durables speciality business with further classification in the Shoe Manufacturing sub-category. Based in Ohio, OH, the YTD performance of the Consumer Discretionary 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, Russell 2000 index, and a few other wider multi-cap stock market indexes.

Beasley Broadcast

Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc., incorporated on November 12, 1999, is a radio broadcasting company. The Companys primary business is operating radio stations throughout the United States.As of December 31, 2016, ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Beasley Broadcast.
The Florida, FL-based Consumer Services sector company Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc. (BBGI) holds the number nine spot among the best performing stocks of the Consumer Discretionary sector. Classified as the Broadcasting business, the stock price of Beasley Broadcast ended the previous year at a price of $1.49 per share while it reached the level of $2.89 apiece as of Apr 1, 2021 translating to a percentage change in stock price of 93.96%. As of writing, the company's market-cap value stands at $84.84 million. Few leading stock market index includes Beasley Broadcast in their constituent list. They include Wilshire 5000 index, and a few other larger indexes which are part of the stock market.

Williams-Sonoma

Williams-Sonoma, Inc., incorporated on March 8, 2011, is a multi-channel specialty retailer of products for the home. The Company operates retail stores in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, Australia ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Williams-Sonoma.
The California, CA-based Williams-Sonoma, Inc. (WSM) belongs to the Consumer Services sector and is categorized as a Home Furnishings company. The stock of Williams-Sonoma ended the previous year at a price of $101.84 per share. As of Apr 1, 2021, the stock price has reached $182.08 apiece, which indicates a change of 78.79 percent making the company rank among the top performing stocks of the Consumer Discretionary for the year 2021 till date. At the end of the last year, company's market capitalization stood at $7.8 billion. It has now changed to $13.87 billion as of writing. Williams-Sonoma 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.
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