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Best Performing Natural Resources Stocks of 2020

Updated Dec 31, 2020
Amid growing concerns around use of artificial and synthetic products, the voices supporting use of natural resources keep making rounds at local and global venues. Natural resources offer a way to harness the abundantly and naturally available matter, material and assets for use for individual and commercial activities and for economic gains. The simplest example of natural resource is oil which is explored, extracted, refined and marketed to be used as fuels to power automobiles, and several other by-products that get generated through the oil processing are also put to commercial use. Other example of natural resources include agriculture produces, like oranges or wheat, which are used as primary food. Hundreds and thousands of public and private companies are in the business of making money from natural resources, and generating revenues and profits from the activities and operations around those.
Among the large variety of Natural Resources stocks, which ones generated the top returns this year? Which of those figured among the winners in the long list of Natural Resources stocks?
This article provides a list of Natural Resources 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 Natural Resources stocks between the end of the previous year and Dec 31, 2020, and the top 10 return generating Natural Resources stocks are listed below.

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The following list presents stocks of the companies which belong to the broader Natural Resources sector or the stock market index, their corresponding prices as of given date, and the percentage gains realized:
 1) Freeport-McMoRan Inc. (FCX) 2) Scotts Miracle-Gro Company (SMG) 3) Newmont Mining Corporation (NEM) 4) American Water Works Company Inc (AWK) 5) EQT Corporation (EQT)
 6) Universal Forest Products, Inc. (UFPI) 7) FMC Corporation (FMC) 8) Bunge Limited (BG) 9) Weyerhaeuser Corp. (WY) 10) Aqua America, Inc. (WTR)

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

Freeport-McMoRan

Freeport-McMoRan Inc. (FCX), incorporated on November 10, 1987, is a mining company. The Company operates through geographical assets with proven and probable reserves of copper, gold and molybdenum, and traded ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Freeport-McMoRan.
Based on the market-cap change from $19.04 billion to $37.8 billion during the given months of the year 2020 and the share price change from $13.12 per share to a price of $26.02 per share as of Dec 31, 2020, Freeport-McMoRan Inc. (FCX) was successful in generating YTD returns of 98.32 percentage. Standing at the number one rank in the top performing list of Natural Resources stocks, the Phoenix, Arizona-based Freeport-McMoRan is categorized as the Precious Metals sub-sector business which falls under the larger Basic Industries 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.

Scotts Miracle-Gro

The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company (Scotts Miracle-Gro), incorporated on November 22, 2004, is a manufacturer and marketer of branded consumer lawn and garden products. The Companys segments include Global Consumer. In ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Scotts Miracle-Gro.
The Ohio, OH-headquartered company Scotts Miracle-Gro Company (SMG) is ranked number two among the best performing stocks of Natural Resources of 2020. The Basic Industries sector business falls under the Agricultural Chemicals industrial sub-sector. Since the start of the year 2020, the stock price of Scotts Miracle-Gro has changed by 87.55 percent, which is calculated based on the previous year's closing price of $106.18 per share and year-to-date closing price of $199.14 per share as of writing. The market value of the company as indicated by its market-cap changed from $5.93 billion to $11.09 billion during the same period. Along with Natural Resources, the company is also in the business of Basic Industries, Agricultural Chemicals, Basic Materials, Agricultural Inputs, Agriculture, Cannabis, Marijuana, Wilshire 5000, among other usual products and services. Scotts Miracle-Gro continues to be a leading constituent of many major stock market indexes like Wilshire 5000 index, and a few other larger indexes which are part of the stock market.

Newmont Mining

Newmont Mining Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, operates in the mining industry. The company primarily acquires, develops, explores for, and produces gold, copper, and silver. Its operatio ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Newmont Mining.
During the given months of the year 2020, Newmont Mining Corporation (NEM) was successful in generating YTD returns of 37.84 percentage which helped it gain the number three 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 Colorado, CO-based Newmont Mining closed at a price of $43.45 per share, while it traded at a price of $59.89 per share as of Dec 31, 2020. The company's market cap changed from $35.62 billion to $48.11 billion during the same period YTD. It ranks as a key constituent of major indexes that include Wilshire 5000 index, S&P 500 index, and several other broader level multi-cap market indicators. The company is classified under the Basic Industries industry sector and further specialized as a Precious Metals sector business.

American Water Works

American Water Works Company, Inc., incorporated on August 28, 1936, is a holding company for regulated and market-based subsidiaries throughout the United States and Ontario, Canada. The Companys Regulated Businesses ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of American Water Works.
Rank number four in the coveted list is held by American Water Works Company Inc (AWK) for being among the top performing stocks of 2020. Headquartered in Voorhees, New Jersey, the Public Utilities sector company is categorized under the industrial sub-sector of Water Supply. Since the start of the year 2020, stock of American Water Works has so far gained 24.92 percentage, based on the previous year's closing price of $122.85 per share and year-to-date price of $153.47 per share. During the same period, the market capitalization of the company changed from $22.21 billion to $27.82 billion. The stock of American Water Works continues to be a major constituent of many leading stock indexes which include Wilshire 5000 index, S&P 500 index, and several other broader level multi-cap market indicators.

EQT Corp.

EQT Corporation operates as a natural gas production company in the United States. It produces natural gas, natural gas liquids (NGLs), and crude oil. As of December 31, 2018, this segment had 21.8 tr ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of EQT Corp..
At number five in the list of top stocks stands EQT Corporation (EQT), which saw a change in its stock price from the level of $10.9 apiece during previous year December end to the price of $12.71 per share as of Dec 31, 2020. It translates to a change of 16.61 percentage. The Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-headquartered Energy sector company also saw its market value change from $2.79 billion to $3.5 billion. The Oil and Gas Production 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, and a handful of other multi-capitalization indexes.

Universal Forest Products

Universal Forest Products, Inc., incorporated on February 9, 1955, is a holding company. The Company, through its subsidiaries, supplies wood, wood composite and other products to three primary markets, such ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Universal Forest Products.
Universal Forest Products, Inc. (UFPI) has moved by 16.46 percentage over the given period of 2020-YTD, helping it gain a place at number six among the top performing stocks. The Basic Industries sector company managed to achieve the feat as its stock price changed from $47.7 apiece to the price of $55.55 per share between the end of December of the previous year and Dec 31, 2020. The smart run of the Michigan, MI-based Forest Products sector company lead to a handsome gain in its marketcap which changed from $2.92 billion to $3.4 billion over the same duration. Universal Forest Products is a key member of many popular stock market indexes. They include Wilshire 5000 index, Russell 2000 index, and several other broader level multi-cap market indicators.

FMC

FMC Corporation, incorporated on August 10, 1928, is a diversified chemical company serving agricultural, consumer and industrial markets. The Company operates in three business segments: FMC Agricultural Solutions, FMC Health ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of FMC.
The number seven spot in the list of top performing stocks of the Natural Resources sector is taken by FMC Corporation (FMC). The company's stock price changed from $99.82 per share at the end of December of the previous year to the price of $114.93 per share as of writing. Overall, the stock managed to realized price change of 15.14 percent during the given time period. The corresponding change in the market capitalization value of the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania-based Basic Industries sector company was from $12.94 billion to $14.91 billion. Being ranked in the top 10 best performing stocks of the Natural Resources 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.

Bunge

Bunge Limited operates as an agribusiness and food company worldwide. It operates in five segments: Agribusiness, Edible Oil Products, Milling Products, Sugar and Bioenergy, and Fertilizer. The Agribu ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Bunge.
The New York, NY-based Consumer Non-Durables sector company Bunge Limited (BG) holds the number eight spot among the best performing stocks of the Natural Resources sector. Classified as the Packaged Foods business, the stock price of Bunge ended the previous year at a price of $57.55 per share while it reached the level of $65.58 apiece as of Dec 31, 2020 translating to a percentage change in stock price of 13.95%. As of writing, the company's market-cap value stands at $9.16 billion. Few leading stock market index includes Bunge in their constituent list. They include Wilshire 5000 index, and a few other larger indexes which are part of the stock market.

Weyerhaeuser

Weyerhaeuser Company, one of the world's largest private owners of timberlands, began operations in 1900. We own or control 12.2 million acres of timberlands in the U.S., and manage additional timberl ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Weyerhaeuser.
The Federal Way, Washington-based Weyerhaeuser Corp. (WY) belongs to the Consumer Services sector and is categorized as a Real Estate Investment Trusts company. The stock of Weyerhaeuser ended the previous year at a price of $30.2 per share. As of Dec 31, 2020, the stock price has reached $33.53 apiece, which indicates a change of 11.03 percent making the company rank among the top performing stocks of the Natural Resources for the year 2020 till date. At the end of the last year, company's market capitalization stood at $22.5 billion. It has now changed to $25.03 billion as of writing. Weyerhaeuser 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.

Aqua America

Aqua America, Inc. (Aqua America), incorporated on November 14, 1968, is a holding company. The Company, through its subsidiaries, is engaged in providing water or wastewater services concentrated in Pennsylvania, ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Aqua America.
Aqua America (WTR) generated percentage returns of 10.65 percent during the 2020 year-to-date. Its returns are based on the share price which moved from $46.94 per share from the previous year-end to the price of $51.94 per share as of Dec 31, 2020. The company's value, as indicated by the market-cap figure, changed from $10.13 billion to $11.21 billion during the same period.
The company is categorized as a Public Utilities speciality business with further classification in the Water Supply sub-category. Based in Pennsylvania, PA, the YTD performance of the Natural Resources 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, and a few other wider multi-cap stock market indexes.
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