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Best Performing NASDAQ Stocks of 2021

Updated Apr 1, 2021
Stock market indexes make it easy for investors to pick and choose their selected set of companies. One such popularly followed leading stock market index is the NASDAQ 100. Often represented by the ticker symbol NDX, this index is a market capitalization-based index which contains around 100 of the largest domestic (U.S.) and foreign companies which are listed on The Nasdaq Stock Market.
Sector-wise, this index has an exception - it excludes the companies falling in the financial sector. Most of the companies included in this index include technology sector companies whose performance tend to move the index more than the companies of any other sector.
Though this index itself contains the top 100 companies, investors often look for stocks which are the top performers among these 100 companies of NASDAQ which have generated the highest returns. This article provides a detailed list of top 10 stocks of the NASDAQ 100 index by computing the percentage gains made by the constituent companies between December 31 of the previous year and Apr 1, 2021. The article presents the list in descending order of gains realized by the NASDAQ stocks between the given period, and the top performing stocks are ranked at the top.
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Top NASDAQ Stocks With Highest Returns

The following list presents stocks of the companies which belong to the broader NASDAQ sector or the stock market index, their corresponding prices as of given date, and the percentage gains realized:
 1) Applied Materials Inc (AMAT) 2) Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) 3) Lam Research (LRCX) 4) KLA-Tencor Corp. (KLAC) 5) NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NXPI)
 6) ASML Holding N.V. (ASML) 7) Intel Corp. (INTC) 8) CDW Corporation (CDW) 9) Moderna, Inc. (MRNA) 10) eBay Inc. (EBAY)
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Performance of Top NASDAQ Stocks

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

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.
Applied Materials Inc (AMAT) has moved by 63.99 percentage over the given period of 2021-YTD, helping it gain a place at number one among the top performing stocks. The Technology sector company managed to achieve the feat as its stock price changed from $86.3 apiece to the price of $141.52 per share between the end of December of the previous year and Apr 1, 2021. The smart run of the Santa Clara, California-based Semiconductors sector company lead to a handsome gain in its marketcap which changed from $78.91 billion to $129.87 billion over the same duration. Applied Materials 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.

Walgreens Boots Alliance

Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc., incorporated on September 2, 2014, is a holding company. The Company is a pharmacy-led health and wellbeing company. The Company operates through three segments: Retail Pharmacy ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Walgreens Boots Alliance.
At number two in the list of top stocks stands Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA), which saw a change in its stock price from the level of $39.88 apiece during previous year December end to the price of $54.75 per share as of Apr 1, 2021. It translates to a change of 37.29 percentage. The Deerfield, Illinois-headquartered Health Care sector company also saw its market value change from $34.45 billion to $47.33 billion. The Medical Nursing Services 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.

Lam Research

Lam Research Corporation, incorporated on October 8, 1989, is a supplier of wafer fabrication equipment and services to the semiconductor industry. The Company designs, manufactures, markets, refurbishes and services semiconductor ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Lam Research.
Rank number three in the coveted list is held by Lam Research (LRCX) for being among the top performing stocks of 2021. Headquartered in Fremont, California, the Technology sector company is categorized under the industrial sub-sector of Industrial Machinery and Components. Since the start of the year 2021, stock of Lam Research has so far gained 35.37 percentage, based on the previous year's closing price of $472.27 per share and year-to-date price of $639.3 per share. During the same period, the market capitalization of the company changed from $68.01 billion to $91.36 billion. The stock of Lam Research 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.

KLA-Tencor

KLA-Tencor Corporation (KLA-Tencor), incorporated on July 9, 1975, is a supplier of process control and yield management solutions for the semiconductor and related nanoelectronics industries. The Companys products are also ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of KLA-Tencor.
During the given months of the year 2021, KLA-Tencor Corp. (KLAC) was successful in generating YTD returns of 34.14 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 Milpitas, California-based KLA-Tencor closed at a price of $258.91 per share, while it traded at a price of $347.29 per share as of Apr 1, 2021. The company's market cap changed from $39.99 billion to $53.51 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 Capital Goods industry sector and further specialized as a Electronic Components sector business.

NXP Semiconductors

NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NXP), incorporated on August 2, 2006, is a holding company. The Company operates as a semiconductor company. The Company provides high performance mixed signal and standard product ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of NXP Semiconductors.
The Netherlands-headquartered company NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NXPI) is ranked number five among the best performing stocks of NASDAQ of 2021. The Technology sector business falls under the Semiconductors industrial sub-sector. Since the start of the year 2021, the stock price of NXP Semiconductors has changed by 30.86 percent, which is calculated based on the previous year's closing price of $159.01 per share and year-to-date closing price of $208.08 per share as of writing. The market value of the company as indicated by its market-cap changed from $44.48 billion to $57.38 billion during the same period. Along with NASDAQ, the company is also in the business of Technology, Semiconductors, Artificial Intelligence, Electric Vehicles, among other usual products and services. NXP Semiconductors continues to be a leading constituent of many major stock market indexes like NASDAQ 100 index, S&P 500 index, and a few other larger indexes which are part of the stock 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 six among the best performing stocks of NASDAQ 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 NASDAQ, the company is also in the business of Technology, Industrial Machinery and Components, Semiconductor Equipment & Materials, 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.

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 seven 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.

CDW

CDW Corporation (CDW), incorporated on May 25, 2007, is a provider of integrated information technology (IT) solutions in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. The Companys segments include ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of CDW.
Rank number eight in the coveted list is held by CDW Corporation (CDW) for being among the top performing stocks of 2021. Headquartered in Illinois, IL, the Consumer Services sector company is categorized under the industrial sub-sector of Catalog and Specialty Distribution. Since the start of the year 2021, stock of CDW has so far gained 28.57 percentage, based on the previous year's closing price of $131.79 per share and year-to-date price of $169.44 per share. During the same period, the market capitalization of the company changed from $18.84 billion to $23.89 billion. The stock of CDW 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.

Moderna

Moderna, Inc. develops medicines based on messenger RNA (mRNA). Its pipeline includes development candidates for mRNA-based vaccines and therapies for use in various therapeutic areas comprising prophylactic va ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Moderna.
At number nine in the list of top stocks stands Moderna, Inc. (MRNA), which saw a change in its stock price from the level of $104.47 apiece during previous year December end to the price of $132.55 per share as of Apr 1, 2021. It translates to a change of 26.88 percentage. The Cambridge, MA-headquartered Health Care sector company also saw its market value change from $41.34 billion to $53.09 billion. The Healthcare 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, and a handful of other multi-capitalization indexes.

eBay

eBay Inc. (eBay), incorporated on March 13, 1998, is a commerce company, which operates through its Marketplace, StubHub and Classifieds platforms. The Company connects buyers and sellers around the world. ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of eBay.
eBay Inc. (EBAY) has moved by 25.59 percentage over the given period of 2021-YTD, helping it gain a place at number ten among the top performing stocks. The Consumer Services sector company managed to achieve the feat as its stock price changed from $50.25 apiece to the price of $63.11 per share between the end of December of the previous year and Apr 1, 2021. The smart run of the San Jose, California-based Business Services sector company lead to a handsome gain in its marketcap which changed from $34.64 billion to $42.94 billion over the same duration. eBay 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.
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