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Best Performing Mega Cap Stocks of 2021

Updated Apr 1, 2021
The Mega Cap Companies market segment is the new market segment which is rapidly adding more and more companies. This segment contains companies whose market capitalization has exceeded a minimum value of $200 billion. In fact, a few of the technology segment leaders, like Apple Inc., Microsoft and Amazon, have already exceeded the market cap values of $1 trillion (and counting). During the third quarter of 2020, Apple became the first company ever to hit market capitalization of $2 trillion.
All such large value companies are included in the mega cap segment. While the number of such stocks may remain limited (mostly in double digits), the list of eligible candidates is increasing as time passes by and more and more companies are creating value for their investors.
Among the available Mega Cap stocks, which ones generated the top returns this year? Which of those figured among the winners in the long list of Mega Cap stocks?
This article provides a list of Mega Cap stocks which have generated top returns in the year 2021 so far till date of writing. The list is prepared based on the percentage returns generated by the individual Mega Cap stocks between the end of the previous year and Apr 1, 2021, and the top 10 return generating Mega Cap stocks are listed below.
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Top Mega Cap Stocks With Highest Returns

The following list presents stocks of the companies which belong to the broader Mega Cap segment by market cap, their corresponding prices as of given date, and the percentage gains realized:
 1) Exxon Mobil Corp. (XOM) 2) ASML Holding N.V. (ASML) 3) Bank of America Corp (BAC) 4) Intel Corp. (INTC) 5) Chevron Corp. (CVX)
 6) Alphabet Inc Class C (GOOG) 7) Alphabet Inc Class A (GOOGL) 8) J P Morgan Chase and Co (JPM) 9) Cisco Systems Inc. (CSCO) 10) The Home Depot, Inc. (HD)

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Performance of Top Mega Cap Stocks

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

Exxon Mobil

Exxon Mobil Corporation explores for and produces crude oil and natural gas in the United States, Canada Other Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia Oceania. It operates through Upst ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Exxon Mobil.
Based on the market-cap change from $174.29 billion to $242.96 billion during the given months of the year 2021 and the share price change from $41.22 per share to a price of $57.39 per share as of Apr 1, 2021, Exxon Mobil Corp. (XOM) was successful in generating YTD returns of 39.23 percentage. Standing at the number one rank in the top performing list of Mega Cap stocks, the Irving, Texas-based Exxon Mobil is categorized as the Integrated oil Companies sub-sector business which falls under the larger Energy 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.

ASML Holding

ASML Holding N.V., incorporated on October 3, 1994, is a holding company. The Company is a manufacturer of chip-making equipment. The Company is engaged in the development, production, marketing, selling ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of ASML Holding.
The Veldhoven, The Netherlands-headquartered company ASML Holding N.V. (ASML) is ranked number two among the best performing stocks of Mega Cap of 2021. The Technology sector business falls under the Industrial Machinery and Components industrial sub-sector. Since the start of the year 2021, the stock price of ASML Holding has changed by 30.63 percent, which is calculated based on the previous year's closing price of $487.72 per share and year-to-date closing price of $637.1 per share as of writing. The market value of the company as indicated by its market-cap changed from $203.91 billion to $258.52 billion during the same period. Along with Mega Cap, the company is also in the business of Technology, Industrial Machinery and Components, Semiconductor Equipment & Materials, NASDAQ, among other usual products and services. ASML Holding continues to be a leading constituent of many major stock market indexes like NASDAQ 100 index, and a few other larger indexes which are part of the stock market.

Bank of America

Bank of America Corporation, incorporated on July 31, 1998, is a bank holding company (BHC) and a financial holding company. The Company is a financial institution, serving individual consumers, small- ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Bank of America.
The Charlotte, North Carolina-based Bank of America Corp (BAC) belongs to the Finance sector and is categorized as a Major Banks company. The stock of Bank of America ended the previous year at a price of $30.31 per share. As of Apr 1, 2021, the stock price has reached $39.49 apiece, which indicates a change of 30.29 percent making the company rank among the top performing stocks of the Mega Cap for the year 2021 till date. At the end of the last year, company's market capitalization stood at $262.21 billion. It has now changed to $340.69 billion as of writing. Bank of America 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.

Intel

Intel Corporation, incorporated on March 1, 1989, is engaged in designing and manufacturing products and technologies, such as the cloud. The Companys segments are Client Computing Group (CCG), Data Center ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Intel.
During the given months of the year 2021, Intel Corp. (INTC) was successful in generating YTD returns of 29.57 percentage which helped it gain the number four 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 Santa Clara, California-based Intel closed at a price of $49.82 per share, while it traded at a price of $64.55 per share as of Apr 1, 2021. The company's market cap changed from $204.16 billion to $262.87 billion during the same period YTD. It ranks as a key constituent of major indexes that 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. The company is classified under the Technology industry sector and further specialized as a Semiconductors sector business.

Chevron

Chevron Corporation (Chevron), incorporated on January 27, 1926, manages its investments in subsidiaries and affiliates, and provides administrative, financial, management and technology support to the United States and international subsidiaries ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Chevron.
Rank number five in the coveted list is held by Chevron Corp. (CVX) for being among the top performing stocks of 2021. Headquartered in San Ramon, California, the Energy sector company is categorized under the industrial sub-sector of Integrated oil Companies. Since the start of the year 2021, stock of Chevron has so far gained 25.22 percentage, based on the previous year's closing price of $84.45 per share and year-to-date price of $105.75 per share. During the same period, the market capitalization of the company changed from $162.57 billion to $203.88 billion. The stock of Chevron 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.

Alphabet

Alphabet Inc. provides online advertising services in the United States, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, the Asia-Pacific, Canada, and Latin America. It offers performance and brand advertising servi ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Alphabet.
At number six in the list of top stocks stands Alphabet Inc Class C (GOOG), which saw a change in its stock price from the level of $1751.88 apiece during previous year December end to the price of $2137.75 per share as of Apr 1, 2021. It translates to a change of 22.03 percentage. The Mountain View, California-headquartered Technology sector company also saw its market value change from $1184 billion to $1438 billion. The Computer Software-Programming and Data Processing 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.

Alphabet

Alphabet Inc. provides online advertising services in the United States, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, the Asia-Pacific, Canada, and Latin America. It offers performance and brand advertising servi ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Alphabet.
Alphabet Inc Class A (GOOGL) has moved by 21.52 percentage over the given period of 2021-YTD, helping it gain a place at number seven among the top performing stocks. The Technology sector company managed to achieve the feat as its stock price changed from $1752.64 apiece to the price of $2129.78 per share between the end of December of the previous year and Apr 1, 2021. The smart run of the Mountain View, California-based Computer Software-Programming and Data Processing sector company lead to a handsome gain in its marketcap which changed from $1187 billion to $1438 billion over the same duration. Alphabet 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.

J P Morgan

JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPMorgan Chase), incorporated on October 28, 1968, is a financial holding company. The Company is engaged in investment banking, financial services for consumers and small businesses, ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of J P Morgan.
The number eight spot in the list of top performing stocks of the Mega Cap sector is taken by J P Morgan Chase and Co (JPM). The company's stock price changed from $127.07 per share at the end of December of the previous year to the price of $153.71 per share as of writing. Overall, the stock managed to realized price change of 20.96 percent during the given time period. The corresponding change in the market capitalization value of the New York, NY-based Finance sector company was from $387.34 billion to $469.05 billion. Being ranked in the top 10 best performing stocks of the Mega Cap 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.

Cisco

Cisco Systems, Inc. (Cisco), incorporated on December 10, 1984, designs and sells a range of products, provides services and delivers integrated solutions to develop and connect networks around the world. ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Cisco.
Cisco (CSCO) generated percentage returns of 16.16 percent during the 2021 year-to-date. Its returns are based on the share price which moved from $44.75 per share from the previous year-end to the price of $51.98 per share as of Apr 1, 2021. The company's value, as indicated by the market-cap figure, changed from $189.09 billion to $219.45 billion during the same period.
The company is categorized as a Technology speciality business with further classification in the Computer Communications Equipment sub-category. Based in San Jose, California, the YTD performance of the Mega Cap 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, Dow Jones Industrial Average index, NASDAQ 100 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 Atlanta, Georgia-based Consumer Services sector company The Home Depot, Inc. (HD) holds the number ten spot among the best performing stocks of the Mega Cap sector. Classified as the Retail Building Materials business, the stock price of Home Depot ended the previous year at a price of $265.62 per share while it reached the level of $307.75 apiece as of Apr 1, 2021 translating to a percentage change in stock price of 15.86%. As of writing, the company's market-cap value stands at $331.47 billion. Few leading stock market index includes Home Depot in their constituent list. They include 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.
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