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Best Performing Mega Cap Stocks of 2020

Updated Dec 31, 2020
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 2020 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 Dec 31, 2020, and the top 10 return generating Mega Cap stocks are listed below.
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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) Tesla Motors, Inc. (TSLA) 2) Pinduoduo Inc. (PDD) 3) Nvidia Corporation (NVDA) 4) PayPal (PYPL) 5) Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Ltd. (TSM)
 6) Apple Inc. (AAPL) 7) Amazon.com Inc (AMZN) 8) Netflix Inc. (NFLX) 9) ASML Holding N.V. (ASML) 10) Adobe Systems Inc (ADBE)

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

Tesla Motors

Tesla, Inc., formerly Tesla Motors, Inc., incorporated on July 1, 2003, designs, develops, manufactures and sells fully electric vehicles, and energy storage systems, as well as installs, operates and maintains ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Tesla Motors.
Based on the market-cap change from $75.4 billion to $668.91 billion during the given months of the year 2020 and the share price change from $86.05 per share to a price of $705.67 per share as of Dec 31, 2020, Tesla Motors, Inc. (TSLA) was successful in generating YTD returns of 720.07 percentage. Standing at the number one rank in the top performing list of Mega Cap stocks, the California, CA-based Tesla Motors is categorized as the Auto Manufacturing 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 NASDAQ 100 index, Wilshire 5000 index, S&P 500 index, and a few more broader-level indexes that are actively tracked in the market.

Pinduoduo

Pinduoduo Inc. operates an e-commerce platform in the People's Republic of China. It also operates Pinduoduo, a mobile platform that offers a range of priced merchandise. The company was formerly known as Walnu ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Pinduoduo.
The Shanghai, -headquartered company Pinduoduo Inc. (PDD) is ranked number two among the best performing stocks of Mega Cap of 2020. The Consumer Cyclical sector business falls under the Consumer Cyclical industrial sub-sector. Since the start of the year 2020, the stock price of Pinduoduo has changed by 369.78 percent, which is calculated based on the previous year's closing price of $37.82 per share and year-to-date closing price of $177.67 per share as of writing. The market value of the company as indicated by its market-cap changed from $43.96 billion to $217.88 billion during the same period. Along with Mega Cap, the company is also in the business of Consumer Cyclical, Specialty Retail, among other usual products and services. Pinduoduo 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.

Nvidia

Nvidia Corporation, incorporated on February 24, 1998, focuses on personal computer (PC) graphics, graphics processing unit (GPU) and also on artificial intelligence (AI). The Company provides service to its customers ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Nvidia.
The Santa Clara, California-based Nvidia Corporation (NVDA) belongs to the Technology sector and is categorized as a Semiconductors company. The stock of Nvidia ended the previous year at a price of $235.3 per share. As of Dec 31, 2020, the stock price has reached $522.2 apiece, which indicates a change of 121.93 percent making the company rank among the top performing stocks of the Mega Cap for the year 2020 till date. At the end of the last year, company's market capitalization stood at $144 billion. It has now changed to $323.24 billion as of writing. Nvidia 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.

PayPal

PayPal Holdings, Inc., incorporated on January 30, 2015, is a technology platform and digital payments company that enables digital and mobile payments on behalf of consumers and merchants. The Companys ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of PayPal.
During the given months of the year 2020, PayPal (PYPL) was successful in generating YTD returns of 116.51 percentage which helped it gain the number four 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 San Jose, California-based PayPal closed at a price of $108.17 per share, while it traded at a price of $234.2 per share as of Dec 31, 2020. The company's market cap changed from $127.01 billion to $274.41 billion during the same period YTD. It ranks as a key constituent of major indexes that include NASDAQ 100 index, Wilshire 5000 index, S&P 500 index, and several other broader level multi-cap market indicators. The company is classified under the Finance industry sector and further specialized as a Business Services sector business.

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Limited (TSMC), incorporated on February 21, 1987, is a semiconductor foundry. The Company is engaged in the manufacturing, selling, packaging, testing and computer-aided design of integrated ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing.
Rank number five in the coveted list is held by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Ltd. (TSM) for being among the top performing stocks of 2020. Headquartered in Taiwan, the Technology sector company is categorized under the industrial sub-sector of Semiconductors. Since the start of the year 2020, stock of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing has so far gained 87.68 percentage, based on the previous year's closing price of $58.1 per share and year-to-date price of $109.04 per share. During the same period, the market capitalization of the company changed from $289.28 billion to $488.13 billion.

Apple

Apple Inc., incorporated on January 3, 1977, designs, manufactures and markets mobile communication and media devices, personal computers and portable digital music players. The Company sells a range of related ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Apple.
At number six in the list of top stocks stands Apple Inc. (AAPL), which saw a change in its stock price from the level of $75.09 apiece during previous year December end to the price of $132.69 per share as of Dec 31, 2020. It translates to a change of 76.71 percentage. The Cupertino, California-headquartered Technology sector company also saw its market value change from $1301.52 billion to $2256 billion. The Computer Manufacturing 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, Dow Jones Industrial Average index, Wilshire 5000 index, S&P 500 index, and a handful of other multi-capitalization indexes.

Amazon

Amazon.com, Inc., incorporated on May 28, 1996, offers a range of products and services through its Websites. The Company operates through three segments: North America, International and Amazon Web Services ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Amazon.
Amazon.com Inc (AMZN) has moved by 76.26 percentage over the given period of 2020-YTD, helping it gain a place at number seven among the top performing stocks. The Consumer Services sector company managed to achieve the feat as its stock price changed from $1847.84 apiece to the price of $3256.93 per share between the end of December of the previous year and Dec 31, 2020. The smart run of the Seattle, Washington-based Catalog and Specialty Distribution sector company lead to a handsome gain in its marketcap which changed from $916.15 billion to $1634 billion over the same duration. Amazon 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.

Netflix

Netflix, Inc., incorporated on August 29, 1997, is a provider an Internet television network. The Company operates through three segments: Domestic streaming, International streaming and Domestic DVD. The Domestic streaming ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Netflix.
The number eight spot in the list of top performing stocks of the Mega Cap sector is taken by Netflix Inc. (NFLX). The company's stock price changed from $323.57 per share at the end of December of the previous year to the price of $540.73 per share as of writing. Overall, the stock managed to realized price change of 67.11 percent during the given time period. The corresponding change in the market capitalization value of the Los Gatos, California-based Consumer Services sector company was from $141.81 billion to $238.89 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, NASDAQ 100 index, S&P 500 index, and a handful of other multi-capitalization indexes.

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.
ASML Holding (ASML) generated percentage returns of 64.8 percent during the 2020 year-to-date. Its returns are based on the share price which moved from $295.94 per share from the previous year-end to the price of $487.72 per share as of Dec 31, 2020. The company's value, as indicated by the market-cap figure, changed from $124.24 billion to $203.91 billion during the same period.
The company is categorized as a Technology speciality business with further classification in the Industrial Machinery and Components sub-category. Based in Veldhoven, The Netherlands, 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 NASDAQ 100 index, and a few other wider multi-cap stock market indexes.

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.
The San Jose, California-based Technology sector company Adobe Systems Inc (ADBE) holds the number ten spot among the best performing stocks of the Mega Cap sector. Classified as the Computer Software-Prepackaged Software business, the stock price of Adobe ended the previous year at a price of $329.81 per share while it reached the level of $500.12 apiece as of Dec 31, 2020 translating to a percentage change in stock price of 51.64%. As of writing, the company's market-cap value stands at $239.92 billion. Few leading stock market index includes Adobe in their constituent list. They include NASDAQ 100 index, Wilshire 5000 index, S&P 500 index, and a few other larger indexes which are part of the stock market.
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