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Best Performing Iron Stocks of 2020

Updated Dec 31, 2020
Iron has been the fundamental metal since the start of life. It is widely used across all metallic needs, uses and applications. It is also a key ingredient which is mixed with other metals or minerals to form useful alloys and compounds. Iron is available in earth in the form of iron ore which contains iron plus vast quantities of impurities like such as sand and clay. Iron ore mined from earth goes through the purification process to extract iron, which is then ready for use as required.
Many companies are in the business of iron ore mining, iron ore purification, manufacturing various forms or iron and related alloys and compounds, manufacturing finished and semi-finished products using iron, and working in the services of iron-based sector, like maintenance of facilities that are build with iron. Since iron is a key ingredient of steel which is widely used, there are many steel stocks that can be explored for investments in addition to considering iron-based stock investments.
This article presents a list of iron stocks - that is, stocks of the companies which operate in the iron metal related industry. List is presented in the year-to-date (YTD) performance as achieved by the stocks. The stock that generated maximum returns from December of the previous year till date of writing holds a higher rank. See related: List of best perfoming Steel Stocks.

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Top Iron Stocks With Highest Returns

The following list presents stocks of the companies which belong to the broader Iron sector or the stock market index, their corresponding prices as of given date, and the percentage gains realized:
 1) Ferroglobe PLC (GSM) 2) Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. (CLF) 3) VALE S.A. (VALE) 4) Rio Tinto Plc (RIO) 5) BHP Billiton Limited (BHP)
 6) Mesabi Trust (MSB) 7) Vedanta Limited (VEDL) 8) Mechel PAO (MTL) 9) Gerdau S.A. (GGB) 10) Icahn Enterprises L.P. (IEP)
There's more... See price performance, YTD-gains, market-cap and other details of all the 11 Iron stocks with sorting features in a tabular format. Alternatively, one can also explore the List of Top Iron ETFs.

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

Ferroglobe

Ferroglobe PLC, formerly VeloNewco Limited, is engaged in silicon and specialty metals industry. The Company produces silicon metal and silicon- and manganese-based alloy, which serves customers in the chemical, aluminum, ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Ferroglobe.
Ferroglobe PLC (GSM) has moved by 74.47 percentage over the given period of 2020-YTD, helping it gain a place at number one among the top performing stocks. The Capital Goods sector company managed to achieve the feat as its stock price changed from $0.94 apiece to the price of $1.64 per share between the end of December of the previous year and Dec 31, 2020. The smart run of the United Kingdom-based Metal Fabrications sector company lead to a handsome gain in its marketcap which changed from $158.98 million to $277.42 million over the same duration.

Cliffs Natural Resources

Cleveland-Cliffs Inc. operates as an iron ore mining company in the United States, Canada, and internationally. The company operates four iron ore mines, including the Tilden mine in Michigan; and the ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Cliffs Natural Resources.
Rank number two in the coveted list is held by Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. (CLF) for being among the top performing stocks of 2020. Headquartered in Ohio, OH, the Basic Industries sector company is categorized under the industrial sub-sector of Precious Metals. Since the start of the year 2020, stock of Cliffs Natural Resources has so far gained 73.33 percentage, based on the previous year's closing price of $8.4 per share and year-to-date price of $14.56 per share. During the same period, the market capitalization of the company changed from $2.27 billion to $6.95 billion. The stock of Cliffs Natural Resources continues to be a major constituent of many leading stock indexes which include Wilshire 5000 index, Russell 2000 index, and several other broader level multi-cap market indicators.

VALE SA

Vale S.A., together with its subsidiaries, produces and sells iron ore and iron ore pellets for use as raw materials in steelmaking in Brazil and internationally. It operates through Ferrous Minerals, ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of VALE SA.
The Brazil-headquartered company VALE S.A. (VALE) is ranked number three among the best performing stocks of Iron of 2020. The Basic Industries sector business falls under the Precious Metals industrial sub-sector. Since the start of the year 2020, the stock price of VALE SA has changed by 26.97 percent, which is calculated based on the previous year's closing price of $13.2 per share and year-to-date closing price of $16.76 per share as of writing. The market value of the company as indicated by its market-cap changed from $67.69 billion to $85.98 billion during the same period. Along with Iron, the company is also in the business of Basic Industries, Precious Metals, Basic Materials, Industrial Metals & Minerals, Brazil, among other usual products and services.

Rio Tinto

Rio Tinto plc, a mining and metals company, explores for, develops, produces, and processes minerals and metals worldwide. It finds, mines, and processes mineral resources, including aluminum, copper, ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Rio Tinto.
At number four in the list of top stocks stands Rio Tinto Plc (RIO), which saw a change in its stock price from the level of $59.36 apiece during previous year December end to the price of $75.22 per share as of Dec 31, 2020. It translates to a change of 26.72 percentage. The Australia-headquartered Basic Industries sector company also saw its market value change from $99.33 billion to $93.79 billion.

BHP Billiton

BHP Group discovers, acquires, develops, and markets natural resources worldwide. The company engages in the exploration, development, and production of oil and gas properties; and mining of copper, s ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of BHP Billiton.
During the given months of the year 2020, BHP Billiton Limited (BHP) was successful in generating YTD returns of 19.43 percentage which helped it gain the number five 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 Australia-based BHP Billiton closed at a price of $54.71 per share, while it traded at a price of $65.34 per share as of Dec 31, 2020. The company's market cap changed from $139.19 billion to $164.53 billion during the same period YTD. The company is classified under the Basic Industries industry sector and further specialized as a Precious Metals sector business.

Mesabi Trust

Mesabi Trust, a royalty trust, engages in iron ore mining business in the United States. The company was founded in 1919 and is based in New York, New York. ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Mesabi Trust.
The New York, NY-headquartered company Mesabi Trust (MSB) is ranked number six among the best performing stocks of Iron of 2020. The Basic Industries sector business falls under the Precious Metals industrial sub-sector. Since the start of the year 2020, the stock price of Mesabi Trust has changed by 19.16 percent, which is calculated based on the previous year's closing price of $23.54 per share and year-to-date closing price of $28.05 per share as of writing. The market value of the company as indicated by its market-cap changed from $308.85 million to $362.09 million during the same period. Along with Iron, the company is also in the business of Basic Industries, Precious Metals, Financial Services, Asset Management, among other usual products and services.

Vedanta

Vedanta Limited is a natural resource company engaged in the business of manufacturing copper and copper products, and aluminum and aluminum products. The Companys segments include Copper, which consists of ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Vedanta .
Vedanta Limited (VEDL) has moved by 1.74 percentage over the given period of 2020-YTD, helping it gain a place at number seven among the top performing stocks. The Capital Goods sector company managed to achieve the feat as its stock price changed from $8.63 apiece to the price of $8.78 per share between the end of December of the previous year and Dec 31, 2020. The smart run of the Mumbai, India-based Metal Fabrications sector company lead to a handsome gain in its marketcap which changed from $8 billion to $8.08 billion over the same duration.

Mechel PAO

Mechel PAO, together with its subsidiaries, engages in mining, steel, and power businesses in Russia, Asia, Europe, the Commonwealth of Independent States, the Middle East, the United States, and internationall ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Mechel PAO.
At number eight in the list of top stocks stands Mechel PAO (MTL), which saw a change in its stock price from the level of $2.06 apiece during previous year December end to the price of $2.05 per share as of Dec 31, 2020. It translates to a change of -0.49 percentage. The Moscow, Russia-headquartered Basic Industries sector company also saw its market value change from $544.61 million to $577.31 million.

Gerdau

Gerdau S.A. provides steel-related products and services worldwide. It operates through four segments: Brazil Operations, North America Operations, South America Operations, and Special Steel Operatio ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Gerdau.
During the given months of the year 2020, Gerdau S.A. (GGB) was successful in generating YTD returns of -4.69 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 Brazil-based Gerdau closed at a price of $4.9 per share, while it traded at a price of $4.67 per share as of Dec 31, 2020. The company's market cap changed from $7.89 billion to $7.47 billion during the same period YTD. The company is classified under the Capital Goods industry sector and further specialized as a Steel and Iron sector business.

Icahn Enterprises

Icahn Enterprises L.P. (Icahn Enterprises), incorporated on February 17, 1987, is a holding company. The Companys segments include Investment, Automotive, Energy, Metals, Railcar, Gaming, Food Packaging, Mining, Real Estate and ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Icahn Enterprises.
Rank number ten in the coveted list is held by Icahn Enterprises L.P. (IEP) for being among the top performing stocks of 2020. Headquartered in New York, NY, the Capital Goods sector company is categorized under the industrial sub-sector of Auto Parts - OEM. Since the start of the year 2020, stock of Icahn Enterprises has so far gained -17.61 percentage, based on the previous year's closing price of $61.5 per share and year-to-date price of $50.67 per share. During the same period, the market capitalization of the company changed from $12.76 billion to $11.76 billion.
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