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Best Performing ESG Stocks of 2020

Updated Sep 15, 2020
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 2020 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 Sep 15, 2020, and the top 10 return generating ESG stocks are listed below.
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Top ESG Stocks With Highest Returns

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) West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc. (WST) 2) Tandem Diabetes Care, Inc. (TNDM) 3) Salesforce.com (CRM) 4) Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (CDNS) 5) Adobe Systems Inc (ADBE)
 6) IDEXX Laboratories (IDXX) 7) Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) 8) Equinix, Inc. (EQIX) 9) The Home Depot, Inc. (HD) 10) Quanta Services Inc. (PWR)
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Performance of Top ESG Stocks

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

West Pharmaceutical

West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc., incorporated on July 27, 1923, is a manufacturer of packaging components and delivery systems for injectable drugs and healthcare products. The Companys products include vial containment ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of West Pharmaceutical.
The Exton, Pennsylvania-headquartered company West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc. (WST) is ranked number one among the best performing stocks of ESG of 2020. The Basic Industries sector business falls under the Specialty Chemicals industrial sub-sector. Since the start of the year 2020, the stock price of West Pharmaceutical has changed by 89.17 percent, which is calculated based on the previous year's closing price of $150.33 per share and year-to-date closing price of $284.38 per share as of writing. The market value of the company as indicated by its market-cap changed from $11.12 billion to $22.63 billion during the same period. Along with ESG, the company is also in the business of Basic Industries, Specialty Chemicals, Health Care, Medical Instruments & Supplies, Healthcare, Wilshire 5000, among other usual products and services. West Pharmaceutical 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.

Tandem Diabetes Care

Tandem Diabetes Care, Inc., incorporated on January 7, 2008, is a medical device company. The Company is engaged in designing, developing and commercializing products for people with insulin-dependent diabetes. The ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Tandem Diabetes Care.
During the given months of the year 2020, Tandem Diabetes Care, Inc. (TNDM) was successful in generating YTD returns of 84.37 percentage which helped it gain the number two 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 California, CA-based Tandem Diabetes Care closed at a price of $59.61 per share, while it traded at a price of $109.9 per share as of Sep 15, 2020. The company's market cap changed from $3.52 billion to $6.69 billion during the same period YTD. It ranks as a key constituent of major indexes that include Wilshire 5000 index, and several other broader level multi-cap market indicators. The company is classified under the Health Care industry sector and further specialized as a Medical Dental Instruments sector business.

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.
Rank number three in the coveted list is held by Salesforce.com (CRM) for being among the top performing stocks of 2020. Headquartered in San Francisco, California, 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 Salesforce has so far gained 54.75 percentage, based on the previous year's closing price of $162.64 per share and year-to-date price of $251.68 per share. During the same period, the market capitalization of the company changed from $142.64 billion to $229.03 billion. The stock of Salesforce 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.

Cadence Design

Cadence Design Systems, Inc., incorporated on April 8, 1987, provides solutions that enable its customers to design electronic products. The Companys product categories include Functional Verification, Digital integrated circuits (IC) ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Cadence Design.
The San Jose, California-based Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (CDNS) belongs to the Technology sector and is categorized as a Computer Software-Prepackaged Software company. The stock of Cadence Design ended the previous year at a price of $69.36 per share. As of Sep 15, 2020, the stock price has reached $105.23 apiece, which indicates a change of 51.72 percent making the company rank among the top performing stocks of the ESG for the year 2020 till date. At the end of the last year, company's market capitalization stood at $19.46 billion. It has now changed to $29.34 billion as of writing. Cadence Design 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.

Adobe

Adobe Systems Incorporated, incorporated on May 9, 1997, is a software company. The Company offers a line of products and services used by professionals, marketers, knowledge workers, application developers, enterprises ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Adobe.
At number five in the list of top stocks stands Adobe Systems Inc (ADBE), which saw a change in its stock price from the level of $329.81 apiece during previous year December end to the price of $497.67 per share as of Sep 15, 2020. It translates to a change of 50.9 percentage. The San Jose, California-headquartered Technology sector company also saw its market value change from $159.08 billion to $238.72 billion. The Computer Software-Prepackaged Software specialist also managed to outperform some of the major stock market indexes of which it is a part of. They include the NASDAQ 100 index, Wilshire 5000 index, S&P 500 index, and a handful of other multi-capitalization indexes.

IDEXX Laboratories

IDEXX Laboratories, Inc., incorporated on December 19, 1983, develops, manufactures and distributes products and provides services primarily for the companion animal veterinary, livestock and poultry, dairy and water testing markets. ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of IDEXX Laboratories.
IDEXX Laboratories (IDXX) has moved by 41.4 percentage over the given period of 2020-YTD, helping it gain a place at number six among the top performing stocks. The Health Care sector company managed to achieve the feat as its stock price changed from $261.13 apiece to the price of $369.24 per share between the end of December of the previous year and Sep 15, 2020. The smart run of the Westbrook, Maine-based Biotech In Vitro In Vivo Diagnostics sector company lead to a handsome gain in its marketcap which changed from $22.4 billion to $31.41 billion over the same duration. IDEXX Laboratories is a key member of many popular stock market indexes. They include NASDAQ 100 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-based Technology sector company Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) holds the number seven spot among the best performing stocks of the ESG sector. Classified as the Computer Software-Prepackaged Software business, the stock price of Microsoft ended the previous year at a price of $157.7 per share while it reached the level of $208.78 apiece as of Sep 15, 2020 translating to a percentage change in stock price of 32.39%. As of writing, the company's market-cap value stands at $1580 billion. Few leading stock market index includes Microsoft in their constituent list. They include NASDAQ 100 index, Wilshire 5000 index, Dow Jones Industrial Average index, S&P 500 index, and a few other larger indexes which are part of the stock market.

Equinix

Equinix, Inc. (Equinix), incorporated on June 22, 1998, operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company connects various companies directly to their customers and partners inside interconnected data ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Equinix.
Equinix (EQIX) generated percentage returns of 31.65 percent during the 2020 year-to-date. Its returns are based on the share price which moved from $583.7 per share from the previous year-end to the price of $768.45 per share as of Sep 15, 2020. The company's value, as indicated by the market-cap figure, changed from $49.78 billion to $68.05 billion during the same period.
The company is categorized as a Consumer Services speciality business with further classification in the Real Estate Investment Trusts sub-category. Based in California, CA, 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.

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.
The number nine spot in the list of top performing stocks of the ESG sector is taken by The Home Depot, Inc. (HD). The company's stock price changed from $218.38 per share at the end of December of the previous year to the price of $285.58 per share as of writing. Overall, the stock managed to realized price change of 30.77 percent during the given time period. The corresponding change in the market capitalization value of the Atlanta, Georgia-based Consumer Services sector company was from $238.22 billion to $321.49 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, Dow Jones Industrial Average index, S&P 500 index, and a handful of other multi-capitalization indexes.

Quanta

Quanta Services, Inc. (Quanta), incorporated on August 19, 1997, is a provider of specialty contracting services, offering infrastructure solutions primarily to the electric power and oil and gas industries in ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Quanta.
Based on the market-cap change from $5.79 billion to $7.18 billion during the given months of the year 2020 and the share price change from $40.71 per share to a price of $51.99 per share as of Sep 15, 2020, Quanta Services Inc. (PWR) was successful in generating YTD returns of 27.71 percentage. Standing at the number ten rank in the top performing list of ESG stocks, the Houston, Texas-based Quanta is categorized as the Engineering and Construction sub-sector business which falls under the larger Capital Goods 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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