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Best Performing Oil Stocks of 2020

Updated Dec 31, 2020
Oil is called the basic lubricant of the global economy without which the world would come to a standstill. Hundreds of companies exist which derive their business profits from oil. They include companies which are having vast reserves of oil or those having vast reserves of land which can be explored/leased to be explored for oil. There are oil companies which are involved in the research and development activities linked to oil, exploration and discovery of crude oil, marketing of oil, processing and refining of oil, and making and marketing products which are derivatives of crude oil. Additionally, there are companies which are offering associated services to the oil companies, like transportation of oil through tankers, containers and large ships, those laying oil transporting pipelines, or those involved in services like fracking. (See also, Best Performing Natural Resources Stocks). Oil prices have a direct impact on the Transportation Stocks and on Airlines Stocks.
Among such a diversified variety of listed oil companies, which have been the top performers in terms of generating the highest returns in their stock prices?
This article provides a list of the stocks that have given the top returns in the year 2020 till date of writing. The list is prepared based on the percentage returns generated by the individual stocks between the end of the previous and Dec 31, 2020, and the top 10 return generating oil stocks are listed below.

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Top Oil Stocks With Highest Returns

The following list presents stocks of the companies which belong to the broader Oil sector or the stock market index, their corresponding prices as of given date, and the percentage gains realized:
 1) Precision Drilling Corporation (PDS) 2) Oasis Petroleum Inc. (OAS) 3) NCS Multistage Holdings, Inc. (NCSM) 4) ENSERVCO Corporation (ENSV) 5) Pacific Ethanol, Inc. (PEIX)
 6) Forum Energy Technologies, Inc. (FET) 7) Abraxas Petroleum Corporation (AXAS) 8) HighPoint Resources Corporation (HPR) 9) Sino-Global Shipping America, Ltd. (SINO) 10) Northern Oil and Gas, Inc. (NOG)
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Here's a look at the basic details and how the above mentioned stocks fared during the period:

Precision Drilling

Precision Drilling Corporation provides oil and natural gas drilling and related services and products. The company operates in two segments, Contract Drilling Services, and Completion and Production Services. ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Precision Drilling.
Based on the market-cap change from $402.54 million to $224.87 million during the given months of the year 2020 and the share price change from $1.4 per share to a price of $16.49 per share as of Dec 31, 2020, Precision Drilling Corporation (PDS) was successful in generating YTD returns of 1077.86 percentage. Standing at the number one rank in the top performing list of Oil stocks, the Calgary, AB-based Precision Drilling is categorized as the Oil and Gas Production sub-sector business which falls under the larger Energy sector.

Oasis Petroleum

Oasis Petroleum Inc., incorporated on February 25, 2010, is an independent exploration and production company. The Company is focused on the acquisition and development of unconventional oil and natural gas ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Oasis Petroleum.
The Texas, TX-headquartered company Oasis Petroleum Inc. (OAS) is ranked number two among the best performing stocks of Oil of 2020. The Energy sector business falls under the Oil & Gas E&P industrial sub-sector. Since the start of the year 2020, the stock price of Oasis Petroleum has changed by 1036.81 percent, which is calculated based on the previous year's closing price of $3.26 per share and year-to-date closing price of $37.06 per share as of writing. The market value of the company as indicated by its market-cap changed from $1.05 billion to $741.2 million during the same period. Along with Oil, the company is also in the business of Energy, Oil and Gas Production, Oil & Gas E&P, Wilshire 5000, among other usual products and services. Oasis Petroleum 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.

NCS Multistage

NCS Multistage Holdings, Inc. provides engineered products and support services for oil and natural gas well completions and field development strategies in the United States and internationally. The company's ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of NCS Multistage.
During the given months of the year 2020, NCS Multistage Holdings, Inc. (NCSM) was successful in generating YTD returns of 971.9 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 Houston, TX-based NCS Multistage closed at a price of $2.1 per share, while it traded at a price of $22.51 per share as of Dec 31, 2020. The company's market cap changed from $98.31 million to $51.32 million during the same period YTD. It ranks as a key constituent of major indexes that include Wilshire 5000 index, and several other broader level multi-cap market indicators. The company is classified under the Energy industry sector and further specialized as a Oil & Gas Equipment & Services sector business.

ENSERVCO

Enservco Corporation, incorporated on February 28, 1980, provides well and fluid management services to the domestic onshore oil and natural gas industry. The Companys services include frac water heating, hot ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of ENSERVCO.
The Colorado, CO-based ENSERVCO Corporation (ENSV) belongs to the Energy sector and is categorized as a Oilfield Services and Equipment company. The stock of ENSERVCO ended the previous year at a price of $0.19 per share. As of Dec 31, 2020, the stock price has reached $1.87 apiece, which indicates a change of 884.21 percent making the company rank among the top performing stocks of the Oil for the year 2020 till date. At the end of the last year, company's market capitalization stood at $10.35 million. It has now changed to $9.62 million as of writing. ENSERVCO continues to be a leading constituent of many major stock market indexes like Wilshire 5000 index, and several other broader level multi-cap market indicators.

Pacific Ethanol

Pacific Ethanol, Inc. produces and markets low-carbon renewable fuels in the United States. The company operates in two segments, Production and Marketing. It produces and markets ethanol; specialty a ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Pacific Ethanol.
Rank number five in the coveted list is held by Pacific Ethanol, Inc. (PEIX) for being among the top performing stocks of 2020. Headquartered in California, CA, the Basic Industries sector company is categorized under the industrial sub-sector of Major Chemicals. Since the start of the year 2020, stock of Pacific Ethanol has so far gained 735.38 percentage, based on the previous year's closing price of $0.65 per share and year-to-date price of $5.43 per share. During the same period, the market capitalization of the company changed from $35.95 million to $392.71 million. The stock of Pacific Ethanol 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.

Forum Energy

Forum Energy Technologies, Inc., incorporated on May 10, 2005, is an oilfield products company. The Company designs, manufactures and distributes products, and engages in aftermarket services, parts supply and related ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Forum Energy.
At number six in the list of top stocks stands Forum Energy Technologies, Inc. (FET), which saw a change in its stock price from the level of $1.68 apiece during previous year December end to the price of $11.9 per share as of Dec 31, 2020. It translates to a change of 608.33 percentage. The Texas, TX-headquartered Energy sector company also saw its market value change from $185.58 million to $66.35 million. The Metal Fabrications 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.

Abraxas Petroleum

Abraxas Petroleum Corporation, incorporated on August 31, 1990, is an independent energy company. The Company is engaged in the acquisition, exploration, development and production of oil and gas. As of ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Abraxas Petroleum.
Abraxas Petroleum Corporation (AXAS) has moved by 554.29 percentage over the given period of 2020-YTD, helping it gain a place at number seven among the top performing stocks. The Energy sector company managed to achieve the feat as its stock price changed from $0.35 apiece to the price of $2.29 per share between the end of December of the previous year and Dec 31, 2020. The smart run of the Texas, TX-based Oil & Gas E&P sector company lead to a handsome gain in its marketcap which changed from $59.13 million to $19.24 million over the same duration. Abraxas Petroleum is a key member of many popular stock market indexes. They include Wilshire 5000 index, and several other broader level multi-cap market indicators.

HighPoint Resources

HighPoint Resources Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the acquisition, exploration, and development of oil and natural gas resources in the United States. It primarily holds interests in t ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of HighPoint Resources.
The Denver, CO-based Energy sector company HighPoint Resources Corporation (HPR) holds the number eight spot among the best performing stocks of the Oil sector. Classified as the Oil & Gas E&P business, the stock price of HighPoint Resources ended the previous year at a price of $1.69 per share while it reached the level of $9.16 apiece as of Dec 31, 2020 translating to a percentage change in stock price of 442.01%. As of writing, the company's market-cap value stands at $39.44 million. Few leading stock market index includes HighPoint Resources in their constituent list. They include Wilshire 5000 index, and a few other larger indexes which are part of the stock market.

Sino-Global Shipping America

Sino-Global Shipping America, Ltd., incorporated on October 31, 2012, is a non-asset-based global shipping and freight logistic integrated solution provider. The Company provides solutions and value added services to its ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Sino-Global Shipping America.
Sino-Global Shipping America (SINO) generated percentage returns of 357.78 percent during the 2020 year-to-date. Its returns are based on the share price which moved from $0.45 per share from the previous year-end to the price of $2.06 per share as of Dec 31, 2020. The company's value, as indicated by the market-cap figure, changed from $8.1 million to $12.36 million during the same period.
The company is categorized as a Transportation speciality business with further classification in the Oil Refining and Marketing sub-category. Based in New York, NY, the YTD performance of the Oil sector also fared better than that of the returns generated by some of the closley tracked stock market indexes.

Northern Oil and Gas

Northern Oil and Gas, Inc., an independent energy company, engages in the acquisition, exploration, exploitation, development, and production of crude oil and natural gas properties in the United Stat ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Northern Oil and Gas.
The number ten spot in the list of top performing stocks of the Oil sector is taken by Northern Oil and Gas, Inc. (NOG). The company's stock price changed from $2.32 per share at the end of December of the previous year to the price of $8.76 per share as of writing. Overall, the stock managed to realized price change of 277.59 percent during the given time period. The corresponding change in the market capitalization value of the Minnesota, MN-based Energy sector company was from $925.33 million to $401.66 million. Being ranked in the top 10 best performing stocks of the Oil sector, the company also succeeded in outperforming the returns generated by some of the popular stock market indexes. They include the Wilshire 5000 index, and a handful of other multi-capitalization indexes.
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