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Best Performing Natural Resources Stocks of 2020

Updated Feb 14, 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 Feb 14, 2020, and the top 10 return generating Natural Resources stocks are listed below.
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Top Natural Resources Stocks With Highest Returns

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) Scotts Miracle-Gro Company (SMG) 2) American Water Works Company Inc (AWK) 3) Aqua America, Inc. (WTR) 4) California Water Service Group Holding (CWT) 5) American States Water Company (AWR)
 6) Apache Corporation (APA) 7) FMC Corporation (FMC) 8) Ingredion Incorporated (INGR) 9) Universal Forest Products, Inc. (UFPI) 10) Gazprom Neft PAO (GZPFY)

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Performance of Top Natural Resources Stocks

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

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 and Dividend History.
The Ohio, OH-based Basic Industries sector company Scotts Miracle-Gro Company (SMG) holds the one spot among the best performing stocks of the Natural Resources sector. Classified as the Agricultural Chemicals business, the stock price of Scotts Miracle-Gro ended the previous year at a price of $106.18 per share while it reached the level of $121.52 apiece as of Feb 14, 2020 translating to a percentage change in stock price of 14.45%. As of writing, the company's market-cap value stands at $6.76 billion. Few leading stock market index includes Scotts Miracle-Gro in their constituent list. They include Wilshire 5000 index, and a few other larger indexes which are part of the stock market.

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 and Dividend History.
The Voorhees, New Jersey-based American Water Works Company Inc (AWK) belongs to the Public Utilities sector and is categorized as a Water Supply company. The stock of American Water Works ended the previous year at a price of $122.85 per share. As of Feb 14, 2020, the stock price has reached $139.32 apiece, which indicates a change of 13.41 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 $22.21 billion. It has now changed to $25.42 billion as of writing. American Water Works 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 and Dividend History.
Rank number three in the coveted list is held by Aqua America, Inc. (WTR) for being among the top performing stocks of 2020. Headquartered in Pennsylvania, PA, the Public Utilities sector company is categorized under the industrial sub-sector of Water Supply. Since the start of the year 2020, stock of Aqua America has so far gained 10.65 percentage, based on the previous year's closing price of $46.94 per share and year-to-date price of $51.94 per share. During the same period, the market capitalization of the company changed from $10.13 billion to $11.21 billion. The stock of Aqua America continues to be a major constituent of many leading stock indexes which include Wilshire 5000 index, and several other broader level multi-cap market indicators.

California Water Service Holding

California Water Service Group, incorporated on August 2, 1999, is a holding company. The Company operates through the supply and distribution of water and providing water-related utility services segment. The ... see Detailed Company Profile and Dividend History.
During the given months of the year 2020, California Water Service Group Holding (CWT) was successful in generating YTD returns of 10.1 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 California, CA-based California Water Service Holding closed at a price of $51.56 per share, while it traded at a price of $56.77 per share as of Feb 14, 2020. The company's market cap changed from $2.48 billion to $2.78 billion during the same period YTD. It ranks as a key constituent of major indexes that include Wilshire 5000 index, Russell 2000 index, and several other broader level multi-cap market indicators. The company is classified under the Public Utilities industry sector and further specialized as a Water Supply sector business.

American States Water

American States Water Company, through its subsidiaries, provides water and electric services to residential, industrial, and other customers in the United States. It operates through three segments: ... see Detailed Company Profile and Dividend History.
American States Water Company (AWR) has moved by 8.32 percentage over the given period of 2020-YTD, helping it gain a place at number five among the top performing stocks. The Public Utilities sector company managed to achieve the feat as its stock price changed from $86.64 apiece to the price of $93.85 per share between the end of December of the previous year and Feb 14, 2020. The smart run of the California, CA-based Water Supply sector company lead to a handsome gain in its marketcap which changed from $3.19 billion to $3.46 billion over the same duration. American States Water 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.

Apache

Apache Corporation, incorporated on December 6, 1954, is an independent energy company. Both domestically and internationally, the Company explores for, develops, and produces natural gas, crude oil and natural gas ... see Detailed Company Profile and Dividend History.
At number six in the list of top stocks stands Apache Corporation (APA), which saw a change in its stock price from the level of $25.59 apiece during previous year December end to the price of $27.36 per share as of Feb 14, 2020. It translates to a change of 6.92 percentage. The Houston, Texas-headquartered Energy sector company also saw its market value change from $9.62 billion to $10.29 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, S&P 500 index, and a handful of other multi-capitalization indexes.

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 and Dividend History.
FMC (FMC) generated percentage returns of 5.66 percent during the 2020 year-to-date. Its returns are based on the share price which moved from $99.82 per share from the previous year-end to the price of $105.47 per share as of Feb 14, 2020. The company's value, as indicated by the market-cap figure, changed from $12.94 billion to $13.67 billion during the same period.
The company is categorized as a Basic Industries speciality business with further classification in the Major Chemicals sub-category. Based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 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, S&P 500 index, and a few other wider multi-cap stock market indexes.

Ingredion

Ingredion Incorporated, incorporated on March 27, 1997, is an ingredients solutions provider. The Company manufactures and sells sweetener, starches, nutrition ingredients and biomaterial solutions derived from the wet milling and ... see Detailed Company Profile and Dividend History.
Based on the market-cap change from $6.21 billion to $6.47 billion during the given months of the year 2020 and the share price change from $92.95 per share to a price of $97.34 per share as of Feb 14, 2020, Ingredion Incorporated (INGR) was successful in generating YTD returns of 4.72 percentage. Standing at the number eight rank in the top performing list of Natural Resources stocks, the Illinois, IL-based Ingredion is categorized as the Packaged Foods sub-sector business which falls under the larger Consumer Non-Durables 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, and a few more broader-level indexes that are actively tracked in the market.

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 and Dividend History.
The Michigan, MI-headquartered company Universal Forest Products, Inc. (UFPI) is ranked number nine among the best performing stocks of Natural Resources of 2020. The Basic Industries sector business falls under the Forest Products industrial sub-sector. Since the start of the year 2020, the stock price of Universal Forest Products has changed by 4.34 percent, which is calculated based on the previous year's closing price of $47.7 per share and year-to-date closing price of $49.77 per share as of writing. The market value of the company as indicated by its market-cap changed from $2.92 billion to $3.04 billion during the same period. Along with Natural Resources, the company is also in the business of Basic Industries, Forest Products, Basic Materials, Lumber & Wood Production, among other usual products and services. Universal Forest Products continues to be a leading constituent of many major stock market indexes like Wilshire 5000 index, Russell 2000 index, and a few other larger indexes which are part of the stock market.

Gazprom Neft

Gazprom Neft PAO is a vertically integrated oil company operating in the Russian Federation, Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and internationally. The Company's principal activities include exploration, production and development of crude oil and gas, production of refined petroleum products and distribution and marketing operations through its retail outlets. The Company manages its operation ... see Detailed Company Profile and Dividend History.
The number ten spot in the list of top performing stocks of the Natural Resources sector is taken by Gazprom Neft PAO (GZPFY). The company's stock price changed from $34.3 per share at the end of December of the previous year to the price of $35.56 per share as of writing. Overall, the stock managed to realized price change of 3.67 percent during the given time period. The corresponding change in the market capitalization value of the Russia-based Energy sector company was from $32.22 billion to $33.01 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.
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