The world and its environment is becoming warmer, unhealthy and polluted with every passing day, and there is a need for environment-friendly measures. These measures are required not only at the social level, but also at the business and corporate level to tackle the problem. That's the reason why Environmental, Social and Governance, or ESG in short, has become a hot favorite theme in the recent times. In the world of investing, the ESG theme refers to investing in the stocks of companies who conduct their business and related business operations in a manner which is non-damaging to the environment, beneficial to the society, and aids the governance instead of creating issues in these matters. For instance, it is easy for an online company to put up thousands of servers which dissipate heat. However, if the same can be installed in a manner which uses natural resources like wind and sun to keep the servers running and take measures to keep them cool in an environmental-friendly manner, then it qualifies to be called as ESG-compliant company. Among hundreds of such companies which may qualify as ESG, there are a few stocks which have performed better than the rest. This article provides a list of ESG stocks which have generated the highest returns in the year 2021 till date of writing. The list is prepared based on the percentage returns generated by the individual ESG stocks between the end of the previous and Apr 1, 2021, and the top 10 return generating ESG stocks are listed below.
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The following list presents stocks of the companies which belong to the broader ESG sector or the stock market index, their corresponding prices as of given date, and the percentage gains realized: 1) TripAdvisor (TRIP)
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Here's a look at the basic details and how the above mentioned stocks fared during the period:
TripAdvisor, Inc. operates as an online travel company. It operates in two segments, Hotel and Non-Hotel. The company operates TripAdvisor-branded Websites, including tripadvisor.com in the United Sta ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of TripAdvisor. The Newton, Massachusetts-headquartered company TripAdvisor (TRIP) is ranked number one among the best performing stocks of ESG of 2021. The Technology sector business falls under the Computer Software-Programming and Data Processing industrial sub-sector. Since the start of the year 2021, the stock price of TripAdvisor has changed by 91.97 percent, which is calculated based on the previous year's closing price of $28.78 per share and year-to-date closing price of $55.25 per share as of writing. The market value of the company as indicated by its market-cap changed from $3.87 billion to $7.45 billion during the same period. Along with ESG, the company is also in the business of Technology, Computer Software-Programming and Data Processing, Consumer Cyclical, Leisure, S&P 500, Wilshire 5000, among other usual products and services. TripAdvisor 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.
Marathon Oil Corporation, incorporated on May 30, 2001, is an exploration and production (E&P) company. The Company operates through three segments: North America E&P, International E&P and Oil Sands Mining. ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Marathon Oil. During the given months of the year 2021, Marathon Oil Corp. (MRO) was successful in generating YTD returns of 76.76 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 Houston, Texas-based Marathon Oil closed at a price of $6.67 per share, while it traded at a price of $11.79 per share as of Apr 1, 2021. The company's market cap changed from $5.27 billion to $9.3 billion during the same period YTD. It ranks as a key constituent of major indexes that include Wilshire 5000 index, S&P 500 index, and several other broader level multi-cap market indicators.
The company is classified under the Energy industry sector and further specialized as a Oil and Gas Production sector business.
Signature Bank, incorporated in September 2000, is a full-service commercial bank. The Bank operates over 30 private client offices throughout the New York metropolitan area. Its segments include Commercial Banking ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Signature Bank. Rank number three in the coveted list is held by Signature Bank (SBNY) for being among the top performing stocks of 2021. Headquartered in New York, NY, the Finance sector company is categorized under the industrial sub-sector of Major Banks. Since the start of the year 2021, stock of Signature Bank has so far gained 66.31 percentage, based on the previous year's closing price of $135.29 per share and year-to-date price of $225 per share. During the same period, the market capitalization of the company changed from $7.25 billion to $12.97 billion. The stock of Signature Bank 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.
Applied Materials, Inc. (Applied), incorporated on March 18, 1987, provides manufacturing equipment, services and software to the global semiconductor, display and related industries. The Companys segments are Semiconductor Systems; Applied ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Applied Materials. The Santa Clara, California-based Applied Materials Inc (AMAT) belongs to the Technology sector and is categorized as a Semiconductors company. The stock of Applied Materials ended the previous year at a price of $86.3 per share. As of Apr 1, 2021, the stock price has reached $141.52 apiece, which indicates a change of 63.99 percent making the company rank among the top performing stocks of the ESG for the year 2021 till date. At the end of the last year, company's market capitalization stood at $78.91 billion. It has now changed to $129.87 billion as of writing. Applied Materials continues to be a leading constituent of many major stock market indexes like Wilshire 5000 index, NASDAQ 100 index, S&P 500 index, and several other broader level multi-cap market indicators.
Occidental Petroleum Corporation (Occidental), incorporated on April 9, 1986, is an oil and gas exploration and production company. The Company operates through three segments: oil and gas, chemical (OxyChem), and ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Occidental Petroleum. At number five in the list of top stocks stands Occidental Petroleum (OXY), which saw a change in its stock price from the level of $17.31 apiece during previous year December end to the price of $27.38 per share as of Apr 1, 2021. It translates to a change of 58.17 percentage. The Los Angeles, California-headquartered Energy sector company also saw its market value change from $16.12 billion to $25.56 billion. The Oil and Gas Production 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, S&P 500 index, and a handful of other multi-capitalization indexes.
Alliance Data Systems Corporation, incorporated on February 23, 1995, is a provider of data-driven marketing and loyalty solutions serving consumer-based businesses in a range of industries. The Company offers a ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Alliance Data. Alliance Data Systems (ADS) has moved by 52.97 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 $74.1 apiece to the price of $113.35 per share between the end of December of the previous year and Apr 1, 2021. The smart run of the Plano, Texas-based Business Services sector company lead to a handsome gain in its marketcap which changed from $3.68 billion to $5.63 billion over the same duration. Alliance Data is a key member of many popular stock market indexes. They include Wilshire 5000 index, and several other broader level multi-cap market indicators.
Nucor Corporation manufactures and sells steel and steel products in the United States and internationally. It operates in three segments: Steel Mills, Steel Products, and Raw Materials. The Steel Mil ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Nucor. The Charlotte, North Carolina-based Basic Industries sector company Nucor Corp. (NUE) holds the number seven spot among the best performing stocks of the ESG sector. Classified as the Steel and Iron business, the stock price of Nucor ended the previous year at a price of $53.19 per share while it reached the level of $79.88 apiece as of Apr 1, 2021 translating to a percentage change in stock price of 50.18%. As of writing, the company's market-cap value stands at $23.86 billion. Few leading stock market index includes Nucor in their constituent list. They include Wilshire 5000 index, S&P 500 index, and a few other larger indexes which are part of the stock market.
Devon Energy Corporation, incorporated on May 18, 1999, is an independent energy company. The Company controls EnLink Midstream Partners, L.P. (EnLink). The Companys segments include U.S., Canada and EnLink. The ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Devon Energy. Devon Energy (DVN) generated percentage returns of 48.64 percent during the 2021 year-to-date. Its returns are based on the share price which moved from $15.81 per share from the previous year-end to the price of $23.5 per share as of Apr 1, 2021. The company's value, as indicated by the market-cap figure, changed from $6.05 billion to $15.82 billion during the same period. The company is categorized as a Energy speciality business with further classification in the Oil and Gas Production sub-category. Based in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, the YTD performance of the ESG 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, S&P 500 index, and a few other wider multi-cap stock market indexes.
The Gap, Inc. operates as an apparel retail company worldwide. The company offers apparel, accessories, and personal care products for men, women, and children under the Old Navy, Gap, Banana Republic ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Gap. The number nine spot in the list of top performing stocks of the ESG sector is taken by Gap Inc. (GPS). The company's stock price changed from $20.19 per share at the end of December of the previous year to the price of $29.95 per share as of writing. Overall, the stock managed to realized price change of 48.34 percent during the given time period. The corresponding change in the market capitalization value of the San Francisco, California-based Consumer Services sector company was from $7.55 billion to $11.23 billion. Being ranked in the top 10 best performing stocks of the ESG sector, the company also succeeded in outperforming the returns generated by some of the popular stock market indexes. They include the Wilshire 5000 index, S&P 500 index, and a handful of other multi-capitalization indexes.
Invesco Ltd. (Invesco), incorporated on September 12, 2007, is an independent investment management company. The Company provides a range of investment capabilities and outcomes, which are delivered through a set ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Invesco. Based on the market-cap change from $8.01 billion to $11.88 billion during the given months of the year 2021 and the share price change from $17.43 per share to a price of $25.75 per share as of Apr 1, 2021, Invesco Ltd. (IVZ) was successful in generating YTD returns of 47.73 percentage. Standing at the number ten rank in the top performing list of ESG stocks, the Atlanta, Georgia-based Invesco is categorized as the Investment Managers sub-sector business which falls under the larger Finance 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, S&P 500 index, and a few more broader-level indexes that are actively tracked in the market.
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