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Best Performing Dow Jones Stocks of 2020

Updated Aug 5, 2020
The Dow Jones Industrial Average is a leading stock market index which is published by the Dow Jones Company. With thousands of companies trading in the stock markets, a stock market index facilitates the grouping of a select few companies based on a given criteria, and allows for a single number which acts as an indicator of how the group of companies included in the index is performing.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average, also referred to by ticker symbol DJIA, is one of the most popular stock market index. It contains a list of top 30 companies which are considered the leaders in their respective markets and qualify for being called as the blue-chip stocks. One important feature of the Dow Jones index is that it is a price-weighted index, and not a market capitalization-weighted index like many other popular indexes. Using the concept of a divisor, the stocks which have the highest prices are included in the list of 30 stocks in the Dow Jones index.
Even though the Dow Jones index represents the top 30 companies, investors often tend to look for the leaders within this set of constituents. This article provides a list of companies belonging to the Dow Jones market index which have generated the maximum percentage gains between the period of December 31 of the previous year to the Aug 5, 2020. The list is arranged in the descending order of the percentage gaines achieved by a particular Dow Jones stock over the given period - that is, stock which generated the highest returns is ranked at the top.
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Top Dow Jones Stocks With Highest Returns

The following list presents stocks of the companies which belong to the broader Dow Jones sector or the stock market index, their corresponding prices as of given date, and the percentage gains realized:
 1) Apple Inc. (AAPL) 2) Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) 3) The Home Depot, Inc. (HD) 4) Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (WMT) 5) The Procter and Gamble Co. (PG)
 6) United Health Group Inc. (UNH) 7) Visa Inc. (V) 8) Johnson and Johnson (JNJ) 9) McDonald's Corp. (MCD) 10) NIKE Inc. (NKE)

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Performance of Top Dow Jones Stocks

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

Apple

Apple Inc., incorporated on January 3, 1977, designs, manufactures and markets mobile communication and media devices, personal computers and portable digital music players. The Company sells a range of related ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Apple.
Apple Inc. (AAPL) has moved by 49.92 percentage over the given period of 2020-YTD, helping it gain a place at number one among the top performing stocks. The Technology sector company managed to achieve the feat as its stock price changed from $293.65 apiece to the price of $440.25 per share between the end of December of the previous year and Aug 5, 2020. The smart run of the Cupertino, California-based Computer Manufacturing sector company lead to a handsome gain in its marketcap which changed from $1301.52 billion to $1882 billion over the same duration. Apple is a key member of many popular stock market indexes. They include NASDAQ 100 index, Dow Jones Industrial Average index, Wilshire 5000 index, S&P 500 index, and several other broader level multi-cap market indicators.

Microsoft

Microsoft Corporation, incorporated on September 22, 1993, is a technology company. The Company develops, licenses, and supports a range of software products, services and devices. The Companys segments include Productivity ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Microsoft.
The Redmond, Washington-headquartered company Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) is ranked number two among the best performing stocks of Dow Jones of 2020. The Technology sector business falls under the Computer Software-Prepackaged Software industrial sub-sector. Since the start of the year 2020, the stock price of Microsoft has changed by 35.03 percent, which is calculated based on the previous year's closing price of $157.7 per share and year-to-date closing price of $212.94 per share as of writing. The market value of the company as indicated by its market-cap changed from $0 million to $1611 billion during the same period. Along with Dow Jones, the company is also in the business of Technology, Computer Software-Prepackaged Software, Infrastructure Software, NASDAQ, Software, Blockchain, ESG, S&P 500, Cloud Computing, among other usual products and services. Microsoft continues to be a leading constituent of many major stock market indexes like NASDAQ 100 index, Dow Jones Industrial Average index, S&P 500 index, Wilshire 5000 index, and a few other larger indexes which are part of the stock market.

Home Depot

The Home Depot, Inc. operates as a home improvement retailer. It operates The Home Depot stores that sell various building materials, home improvement products, lawn and garden products, and d├ęcor pr ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Home Depot.
Rank number three in the coveted list is held by The Home Depot, Inc. (HD) for being among the top performing stocks of 2020. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, the Consumer Services sector company is categorized under the industrial sub-sector of Retail Building Materials. Since the start of the year 2020, stock of Home Depot has so far gained 22.48 percentage, based on the previous year's closing price of $218.38 per share and year-to-date price of $267.48 per share. During the same period, the market capitalization of the company changed from $238.22 billion to $287.68 billion. The stock of Home Depot continues to be a major constituent of many leading stock indexes which include Wilshire 5000 index, Dow Jones Industrial Average index, S&P 500 index, and several other broader level multi-cap market indicators.

Wal-Mart

Walmart Inc. engages in the retail and wholesale operations in various formats worldwide. The company operates through three segments: Walmart U.S., Walmart International, and Sam's Club. It operates ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Wal-Mart.
During the given months of the year 2020, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (WMT) was successful in generating YTD returns of 9.23 percentage which helped it gain the number four 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 Bentonville, Arkansas-based Wal-Mart closed at a price of $118.84 per share, while it traded at a price of $129.81 per share as of Aug 5, 2020. The company's market cap changed from $337.17 billion to $367.62 billion during the same period YTD. It ranks as a key constituent of major indexes that include Wilshire 5000 index, Dow Jones Industrial Average index, S&P 500 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 Department Specialty Retail Stores sector business.

Procter and Gamble

The Procter & Gamble Company provides branded consumer packaged goods to consumers in North America, Europe, the Asia Pacific, Greater China, Latin America, India, the Middle East, and Africa. The com ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Procter and Gamble.
At number five in the list of top stocks stands The Procter and Gamble Co. (PG), which saw a change in its stock price from the level of $124.9 apiece during previous year December end to the price of $133.44 per share as of Aug 5, 2020. It translates to a change of 6.84 percentage. The Cincinnati, Ohio-headquartered Basic Industries sector company also saw its market value change from $311.48 billion to $330.89 billion. The Package Goods and Cosmetics specialist also managed to outperform some of the major stock market indexes of which it is a part of. They include the Dow Jones Industrial Average index, Wilshire 5000 index, S&P 500 index, and a handful of other multi-capitalization indexes.

United Health

UnitedHealth Group Incorporated, incorporated on July 1, 2015, is a health and well-being company. The Company operates through four segments: UnitedHealthcare, OptumHealth, OptumInsight and OptumRx. The Company conducts its operations ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of United Health.
Rank number six in the coveted list is held by United Health Group Inc. (UNH) for being among the top performing stocks of 2020. Headquartered in Minnetonka, Minnesota, the Health Care sector company is categorized under the industrial sub-sector of Medical Specialities. Since the start of the year 2020, stock of United Health has so far gained 6.29 percentage, based on the previous year's closing price of $293.98 per share and year-to-date price of $312.47 per share. During the same period, the market capitalization of the company changed from $278.52 billion to $296.95 billion. The stock of United Health continues to be a major constituent of many leading stock indexes which include Wilshire 5000 index, Dow Jones Industrial Average index, S&P 500 index, and several other broader level multi-cap market indicators.

Visa

Visa Inc. (Visa), incorporated on May 25, 2007, is a payments technology company that connects consumers, merchants, financial institutions, businesses, strategic partners and government entities to electronic payments. The Company ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Visa.
The San Francisco, California-headquartered company Visa Inc. (V) is ranked number seven among the best performing stocks of Dow Jones of 2020. The Finance sector business falls under the Business Services industrial sub-sector. Since the start of the year 2020, the stock price of Visa has changed by 4.36 percent, which is calculated based on the previous year's closing price of $187.9 per share and year-to-date closing price of $196.1 per share as of writing. The market value of the company as indicated by its market-cap changed from $417.58 billion to $430.53 billion during the same period. Along with Dow Jones, the company is also in the business of Finance, Business Services, Financial Services, Credit Services, S&P 500, among other usual products and services. Visa continues to be a leading constituent of many major stock market indexes like Dow Jones Industrial Average index, S&P 500 index, Wilshire 5000 index, and a few other larger indexes which are part of the stock market.

Johnson and Johnson

Johnson & Johnson, together with its subsidiaries, researches and develops, manufactures, and sells various products in the health care field worldwide. It operates in three segments: Consumer, Pharma ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Johnson and Johnson.
At number eight in the list of top stocks stands Johnson and Johnson (JNJ), which saw a change in its stock price from the level of $145.87 apiece during previous year December end to the price of $148.4 per share as of Aug 5, 2020. It translates to a change of 1.73 percentage. The New Brunswick, New Jersey-headquartered Health Care sector company also saw its market value change from $383.91 billion to $390.71 billion. The Major Pharmaceuticals specialist also managed to outperform some of the major stock market indexes of which it is a part of. They include the Dow Jones Industrial Average index, Wilshire 5000 index, S&P 500 index, and a handful of other multi-capitalization indexes.

McDonald's

McDonalds Corporation (McDonalds), incorporated on December 21, 1964, operates and franchises McDonalds restaurants. The Companys restaurants serve a locally relevant menu of food and drinks sold at various price points ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of McDonald's.
During the given months of the year 2020, McDonald's Corp. (MCD) was successful in generating YTD returns of 0.83 percentage which helped it gain the number nine 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 Oak Brook, Illinois-based McDonald's closed at a price of $197.61 per share, while it traded at a price of $199.26 per share as of Aug 5, 2020. The company's market cap changed from $148.29 billion to $148.16 billion during the same period YTD. It ranks as a key constituent of major indexes that include Wilshire 5000 index, Dow Jones Industrial Average index, S&P 500 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 Restaurants sector business.

NIKE

NIKE, Inc., incorporated on September 8, 1969, is engaged in the design, development, marketing and selling of athletic footwear, apparel, equipment, accessories and services. The Companys operating segments include North ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of NIKE.
NIKE Inc. (NKE) has moved by -0.37 percentage over the given period of 2020-YTD, helping it gain a place at number ten among the top performing stocks. The Consumer Non-Durables sector company managed to achieve the feat as its stock price changed from $101.31 apiece to the price of $100.94 per share between the end of December of the previous year and Aug 5, 2020. The smart run of the Washington County, Oregon-based Shoe Manufacturing sector company lead to a handsome gain in its marketcap which changed from $158.15 billion to $157.46 billion over the same duration. NIKE is a key member of many popular stock market indexes. They include Dow Jones Industrial Average index, Wilshire 5000 index, S&P 500 index, and several other broader level multi-cap market indicators.
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