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Best Performing Mega Cap Stocks of 2021 for USA

Updated Jul 12, 2021

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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 Jul 12, 2021, 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) Nvidia Corporation (NVDA) 2) Alphabet Inc Class C (GOOG) 3) Exxon Mobil Corp. (XOM) 4) ASML Holding N.V. (ASML) 5) Alphabet Inc Class A (GOOGL)
 6) Eli Lilly and Co. (LLY) 7) Oracle Corp. (ORCL) 8) Bank of America Corp (BAC) 9) PayPal (PYPL) 10) Facebook, Inc. (FB)

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

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.
Based on the market-cap change from $323.24 billion to $511.17 billion during the given months of the year 2021 and the share price change from $522.2 per share to a price of $820.5 per share as of Jul 12, 2021, Nvidia Corporation (NVDA) was successful in generating YTD returns of 57.12 percentage. Standing at the number one rank in the top performing list of Mega Cap stocks, the Santa Clara, California-based Nvidia is categorized as the Semiconductors sub-sector business which falls under the larger Technology 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.

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.
The Mountain View, California-headquartered company Alphabet Inc Class C (GOOG) is ranked number two among the best performing stocks of Mega Cap of 2021. The Technology sector business falls under the Computer Software-Programming and Data Processing industrial sub-sector. Since the start of the year 2021, the stock price of Alphabet has changed by 49.06 percent, which is calculated based on the previous year's closing price of $1751.88 per share and year-to-date closing price of $2611.28 per share as of writing. The market value of the company as indicated by its market-cap changed from $1184 billion to $1726 billion during the same period. Along with Mega Cap, the company is also in the business of Technology, Computer Software Programming Data Processing, Internet, NASDAQ, S&P 500, ESG, Wilshire 5000, among other usual products and services. Alphabet continues to be a leading constituent of many major stock market indexes like NASDAQ 100 index, S&P 500 index, Wilshire 5000 index, and a few other larger indexes which are part of the stock market.

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.
The Irving, Texas-based Exxon Mobil Corp. (XOM) belongs to the Energy sector and is categorized as a Integrated oil Companies company. The stock of Exxon Mobil ended the previous year at a price of $41.22 per share. As of Jul 12, 2021, the stock price has reached $61.17 apiece, which indicates a change of 48.4 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 $174.29 billion. It has now changed to $258.97 billion as of writing. Exxon Mobil 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.

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.
During the given months of the year 2021, ASML Holding N.V. (ASML) was successful in generating YTD returns of 45.13 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 Veldhoven, The Netherlands-based ASML Holding closed at a price of $487.72 per share, while it traded at a price of $707.81 per share as of Jul 12, 2021. The company's market cap changed from $203.91 billion to $294.81 billion during the same period YTD. It ranks as a key constituent of major indexes that include NASDAQ 100 index, and several other broader level multi-cap market indicators. The company is classified under the Technology industry sector and further specialized as a Industrial Machinery and Components sector business.

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.
Rank number five in the coveted list is held by Alphabet Inc Class A (GOOGL) for being among the top performing stocks of 2021. Headquartered in Mountain View, California, the Technology sector company is categorized under the industrial sub-sector of Computer Software-Programming and Data Processing. Since the start of the year 2021, stock of Alphabet has so far gained 44.9 percentage, based on the previous year's closing price of $1752.64 per share and year-to-date price of $2539.51 per share. During the same period, the market capitalization of the company changed from $1187 billion to $1725 billion. The stock of Alphabet continues to be a major constituent of many leading stock indexes which include NASDAQ 100 index, Wilshire 5000 index, S&P 500 index, and several other broader level multi-cap market indicators.

Eli Lilly

Eli Lilly and Company, incorporated on January 17, 1901, is engaged in drug manufacturing business. The Company discovers, develops, manufactures and markets products in two segments: human pharmaceutical products and ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Eli Lilly.
At number six in the list of top stocks stands Eli Lilly and Co. (LLY), which saw a change in its stock price from the level of $168.84 apiece during previous year December end to the price of $236.01 per share as of Jul 12, 2021. It translates to a change of 39.78 percentage. The Indianapolis, Indiana-headquartered Healthcare sector company also saw its market value change from $161.51 billion to $226.34 billion. The Major Pharmaceuticals specialist also managed to outperform some of the major stock market indexes of which it is a part of. They include the Wilshire 5000 index, S&P 500 index, and a handful of other multi-capitalization indexes.

Oracle

Oracle Corporation (Oracle), incorporated on October 9, 2005, provides products and services that address all aspects of corporate information technology (IT) environments, including application, platform and infrastructure. The Companys businesses ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Oracle.
Oracle Corp. (ORCL) has moved by 34.61 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 $64.69 apiece to the price of $87.08 per share between the end of December of the previous year and Jul 12, 2021. The smart run of the Redwood Shores, California-based Computer Software-Prepackaged Software sector company lead to a handsome gain in its marketcap which changed from $194.77 billion to $243.13 billion over the same duration. Oracle 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.

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 number eight spot in the list of top performing stocks of the Mega Cap sector is taken by Bank of America Corp (BAC). The company's stock price changed from $30.31 per share at the end of December of the previous year to the price of $40.63 per share as of writing. Overall, the stock managed to realized price change of 34.05 percent during the given time period. The corresponding change in the market capitalization value of the Charlotte, North Carolina-based Finance sector company was from $262.21 billion to $348.17 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, S&P 500 index, and a handful of other multi-capitalization indexes.

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.
PayPal (PYPL) generated percentage returns of 29.36 percent during the 2021 year-to-date. Its returns are based on the share price which moved from $234.2 per share from the previous year-end to the price of $302.97 per share as of Jul 12, 2021. The company's value, as indicated by the market-cap figure, changed from $274.41 billion to $355.91 billion during the same period.
The company is categorized as a Finance speciality business with further classification in the Business Services 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, NASDAQ 100 index, and a few other wider multi-cap stock market indexes.

Facebook

Facebook, Inc. provides various products to connect and share through mobile devices, personal computers, and other surfaces worldwide. The company's products include Facebook that enables people to c ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Facebook.
The Menlo Park, California-based Technology sector company Facebook, Inc. (FB) holds the number ten spot among the best performing stocks of the Mega Cap sector. Classified as the Computer Software-Programming and Data Processing business, the stock price of Facebook ended the previous year at a price of $273.16 per share while it reached the level of $353.16 apiece as of Jul 12, 2021 translating to a percentage change in stock price of 29.29%. As of writing, the company's market-cap value stands at $1001 billion. Few leading stock market index includes Facebook 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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