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Best Performing High Beta Stocks of 2021

Updated Apr 1, 2021
Risk-loving traders and investors often look for high beta stocks to go for the maximum push. They usually aim for high returns in terms of maximum profitability, and are equally willing to take a similar higher risk of larger loss proportionately. Beta is the typical mathematical figure that indicates how much a stock can move. The higher the value of beta, the more the stock price is prone to move compared to the market. For instance, a beta value of +2.5 for a stock indicates that if the overall market goes up by 2 percent, then the stock price is expected to move by around +2.5 * 2 = 5 percent during the same period. Similarly, a beta value of -3 for a stock represents that when the overall market goes up by 1 percent, then the stock price is expected to move down by around -3 *1 = -3 percent during the same period. It's this high beta value which leads to high profits on the right bets, and results in big losses on the wrong ones.
Among several of the high beta stock companies whose stocks are listed and actively trading on the stock exchanges, which have been the top performers in terms of generating the highest returns in their stock prices?
This article provides a list of the high beta 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 and Apr 1, 2021, and the top 10 return generating high beta stocks are listed below.

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Top High Beta Stocks With Highest Returns

The following list presents stocks of the companies which belong to the broader High Beta sector or the stock market index, their corresponding prices as of given date, and the percentage gains realized:
 1) Denbury Inc. (DEN) 2) Marathon Oil Corp. (MRO) 3) Cimarex Energy (XEC) 4) L Brands Inc. (LB) 5) Applied Materials Inc (AMAT)
 6) American Airlines Group (AAL) 7) Affiliated Managers Group Inc (AMG) 8) Devon Energy Corp. (DVN) 9) Gap Inc. (GPS) 10) Invesco Ltd. (IVZ)

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Performance of Top High Beta Stocks

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

Denbury Inc.

Denbury Resources Inc. operates as an independent oil and natural gas company in the United States. It holds interests in various oil and ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Denbury Inc..
The Plano, United States-based Energy sector company Denbury Inc. (DEN) holds the number one spot among the best performing stocks of the High Beta sector. Classified as the Oil & Gas E&P business, the stock price of Denbury Inc. ended the previous year at a price of $25.69 per share while it reached the level of $50.87 apiece as of Apr 1, 2021 translating to a percentage change in stock price of 98.01%. As of writing, the company's market-cap value stands at $2.54 billion.

Marathon Oil

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.
The Houston, Texas-headquartered company Marathon Oil Corp. (MRO) is ranked number two among the best performing stocks of High Beta of 2021. The Energy sector business falls under the Oil and Gas Production industrial sub-sector. Since the start of the year 2021, the stock price of Marathon Oil has changed by 76.76 percent, which is calculated based on the previous year's closing price of $6.67 per share and year-to-date closing price of $11.79 per share as of writing. The market value of the company as indicated by its market-cap changed from $5.27 billion to $9.3 billion during the same period. Along with High Beta, the company is also in the business of Energy, Oil and Gas Production, Oil & Gas E&P, Natural Resources, S&P 500, Oil, Wilshire 5000, ESG, among other usual products and services. Marathon Oil continues to be a leading constituent of many major stock market indexes like S&P 500 index, Wilshire 5000 index, and a few other larger indexes which are part of the stock market.

Cimarex Energy

Cimarex Energy Co., incorporated on February 14, 2002, is an independent oil and gas exploration and production company. The Company operates in exploration and production (E&P) segment. The Companys operations ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Cimarex Energy.
During the given months of the year 2021, Cimarex Energy (XEC) was successful in generating YTD returns of 71.74 percentage which helped it gain the number three 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 Denver, Colorado-based Cimarex Energy closed at a price of $37.51 per share, while it traded at a price of $64.42 per share as of Apr 1, 2021. The company's market cap changed from $3.83 billion to $6.62 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 Energy industry sector and further specialized as a Oil and Gas Production sector business.

L Brands

L Brands, Inc., incorporated on March 16, 1982, operates specialty retail business. The Company is focused on womens intimate and other apparel, personal care, beauty and home fragrance categories. The ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of L Brands.
Rank number four in the coveted list is held by L Brands Inc. (LB) for being among the top performing stocks of 2021. Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, the Consumer Services sector company is categorized under the industrial sub-sector of Clothing Shoes and Accessory Stores. Since the start of the year 2021, stock of L Brands has so far gained 66.17 percentage, based on the previous year's closing price of $37.19 per share and year-to-date price of $61.8 per share. During the same period, the market capitalization of the company changed from $10.34 billion to $17.23 billion. The stock of L Brands continues to be a major constituent of many leading stock indexes which include Wilshire 5000 index, S&P 500 index, and several other broader level multi-cap market indicators.

Applied Materials

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.
At number five in the list of top stocks stands Applied Materials Inc (AMAT), which saw a change in its stock price from the level of $86.3 apiece during previous year December end to the price of $141.52 per share as of Apr 1, 2021. It translates to a change of 63.99 percentage. The Santa Clara, California-headquartered Technology sector company also saw its market value change from $78.91 billion to $129.87 billion. The Semiconductors 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.

American Airlines

American Airlines Group Inc., incorporated on February 16, 1982, is a holding company. The Companys primary business activity is the operation of a network air carrier, providing scheduled air transportation ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of American Airlines.
American Airlines Group (AAL) has moved by 51.3 percentage over the given period of 2021-YTD, helping it gain a place at number six among the top performing stocks. The Transportation sector company managed to achieve the feat as its stock price changed from $15.77 apiece to the price of $23.86 per share between the end of December of the previous year and Apr 1, 2021. The smart run of the Fort Worth, Texas-based Air Freight Delivery Services sector company lead to a handsome gain in its marketcap which changed from $9.63 billion to $15.3 billion over the same duration. American Airlines is a key member of many popular stock market indexes. They include Wilshire 5000 index, S&P 500 index, and several other broader level multi-cap market indicators.

Affiliated Managers

Affiliated Managers Group, Inc., incorporated on December 29, 1993, is an asset management company with equity investments in boutique investment management firms (Affiliates). The Company is focused on investing around ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Affiliated Managers.
Affiliated Managers (AMG) generated percentage returns of 49.74 percent during the 2021 year-to-date. Its returns are based on the share price which moved from $101.7 per share from the previous year-end to the price of $152.29 per share as of Apr 1, 2021. The company's value, as indicated by the market-cap figure, changed from $4.61 billion to $6.49 billion during the same period.
The company is categorized as a Finance speciality business with further classification in the Investment Managers sub-category. Based in Beverly, Massachusetts, the YTD performance of the High Beta 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, and a few other wider multi-cap stock market indexes.

Devon Energy

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.
The Oklahoma City, Oklahoma-based Devon Energy Corp. (DVN) belongs to the Energy sector and is categorized as a Oil and Gas Production company. The stock of Devon Energy ended the previous year at a price of $15.81 per share. As of Apr 1, 2021, the stock price has reached $23.5 apiece, which indicates a change of 48.64 percent making the company rank among the top performing stocks of the High Beta for the year 2021 till date. At the end of the last year, company's market capitalization stood at $6.05 billion. It has now changed to $15.82 billion as of writing. Devon Energy continues to be a leading constituent of many major stock market indexes like Wilshire 5000 index, S&P 500 index, and several other broader level multi-cap market indicators.

Gap

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.
Based on the market-cap change from $7.55 billion to $11.23 billion during the given months of the year 2021 and the share price change from $20.19 per share to a price of $29.95 per share as of Apr 1, 2021, Gap Inc. (GPS) was successful in generating YTD returns of 48.34 percentage. Standing at the number nine rank in the top performing list of High Beta stocks, the San Francisco, California-based Gap is categorized as the Clothing Shoes and Accessory Stores 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, S&P 500 index, and a few more broader-level indexes that are actively tracked in the market.

Invesco

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.
The number ten spot in the list of top performing stocks of the High Beta sector is taken by Invesco Ltd. (IVZ). The company's stock price changed from $17.43 per share at the end of December of the previous year to the price of $25.75 per share as of writing. Overall, the stock managed to realized price change of 47.73 percent during the given time period. The corresponding change in the market capitalization value of the Atlanta, Georgia-based Finance sector company was from $8.01 billion to $11.88 billion. Being ranked in the top 10 best performing stocks of the High Beta 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.
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