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Best Performing Dow Jones Stocks of 2020

Updated Sep 15, 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 Sep 15, 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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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) Salesforce.com (CRM) 2) Apple Inc. (AAPL) 3) Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) 4) The Home Depot, Inc. (HD) 5) NIKE Inc. (NKE)
 6) Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (WMT) 7) McDonald's Corp. (MCD) 8) The Procter and Gamble Co. (PG) 9) Visa Inc. (V) 10) United Health Group Inc. (UNH)

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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:

Salesforce

Salesforce.com, inc., incorporated February 3, 1999, is a provider of enterprise software, delivered through the cloud, with a focus on customer relationship management (CRM). The Company focuses on cloud, mobile, ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Salesforce.
Salesforce.com (CRM) has moved by 54.75 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 $162.64 apiece to the price of $251.68 per share between the end of December of the previous year and Sep 15, 2020. The smart run of the San Francisco, California-based Computer Software-Prepackaged Software sector company lead to a handsome gain in its marketcap which changed from $142.64 billion to $229.03 billion over the same duration. Salesforce 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.

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.
The Cupertino, California-headquartered company Apple Inc. (AAPL) is ranked number two among the best performing stocks of Dow Jones of 2020. The Technology sector business falls under the Computer Manufacturing industrial sub-sector. Since the start of the year 2020, the stock price of Apple has changed by 53.87 percent, which is calculated based on the previous year's closing price of $75.09 per share and year-to-date closing price of $115.54 per share as of writing. The market value of the company as indicated by its market-cap changed from $1301.52 billion to $1976 billion during the same period. Along with Dow Jones, the company is also in the business of Technology, Computer Manufacturing, Consumer Electronics, NASDAQ, Software, S&P 500, Wilshire 5000, among other usual products and services. Apple 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.

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.
Rank number three in the coveted list is held by Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) for being among the top performing stocks of 2020. Headquartered in Redmond, Washington, the Technology sector company is categorized under the industrial sub-sector of Computer Software-Prepackaged Software. Since the start of the year 2020, stock of Microsoft has so far gained 32.39 percentage, based on the previous year's closing price of $157.7 per share and year-to-date price of $208.78 per share. During the same period, the market capitalization of the company changed from $0 million to $1580 billion. The stock of Microsoft continues to be a major constituent of many leading stock indexes which include NASDAQ 100 index, Wilshire 5000 index, Dow Jones Industrial Average index, S&P 500 index, and several other broader level multi-cap market indicators.

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.
During the given months of the year 2020, The Home Depot, Inc. (HD) was successful in generating YTD returns of 30.77 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 Atlanta, Georgia-based Home Depot closed at a price of $218.38 per share, while it traded at a price of $285.58 per share as of Sep 15, 2020. The company's market cap changed from $238.22 billion to $321.49 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 Retail Building Materials 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.
At number five in the list of top stocks stands NIKE Inc. (NKE), which saw a change in its stock price from the level of $101.31 apiece during previous year December end to the price of $119.27 per share as of Sep 15, 2020. It translates to a change of 17.73 percentage. The Washington County, Oregon-headquartered Consumer Non-Durables sector company also saw its market value change from $158.15 billion to $186.05 billion. The Shoe Manufacturing 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.

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.
Rank number six in the coveted list is held by Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (WMT) for being among the top performing stocks of 2020. Headquartered in Bentonville, Arkansas, the Consumer Services sector company is categorized under the industrial sub-sector of Department Specialty Retail Stores. Since the start of the year 2020, stock of Wal-Mart has so far gained 15.58 percentage, based on the previous year's closing price of $118.84 per share and year-to-date price of $137.36 per share. During the same period, the market capitalization of the company changed from $337.17 billion to $389.24 billion. The stock of Wal-Mart 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.

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.
The Oak Brook, Illinois-headquartered company McDonald's Corp. (MCD) is ranked number seven among the best performing stocks of Dow Jones of 2020. The Consumer Services sector business falls under the Restaurants industrial sub-sector. Since the start of the year 2020, the stock price of McDonald's has changed by 12.53 percent, which is calculated based on the previous year's closing price of $197.61 per share and year-to-date closing price of $222.37 per share as of writing. The market value of the company as indicated by its market-cap changed from $148.29 billion to $165.47 billion during the same period. Along with Dow Jones, the company is also in the business of Low Volatility, Consumer Services, Restaurants, Consumer Cyclical, Fast Food, Low Beta, Dividend Aristocrats, S&P 500, Food & Beverage, Consumer Discretionary, Wilshire 5000, among other usual products and services. McDonald's 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.

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 eight 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 $138.63 per share as of Sep 15, 2020. It translates to a change of 10.99 percentage. The Cincinnati, Ohio-headquartered Basic Industries sector company also saw its market value change from $311.48 billion to $345.14 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.

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.
During the given months of the year 2020, Visa Inc. (V) was successful in generating YTD returns of 9.31 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 San Francisco, California-based Visa closed at a price of $187.9 per share, while it traded at a price of $205.39 per share as of Sep 15, 2020. The company's market cap changed from $417.58 billion to $450.92 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 Finance industry sector and further specialized as a Business Services sector business.

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.
United Health Group Inc. (UNH) has moved by 4.51 percentage over the given period of 2020-YTD, helping it gain a place at number ten among the top performing stocks. The Health Care sector company managed to achieve the feat as its stock price changed from $293.98 apiece to the price of $307.23 per share between the end of December of the previous year and Sep 15, 2020. The smart run of the Minnetonka, Minnesota-based Medical Specialities sector company lead to a handsome gain in its marketcap which changed from $278.52 billion to $291.97 billion over the same duration. United Health 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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