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Best Performing Oil Stocks of 2020

Updated Oct 16, 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 Oct 16, 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) Pacific Ethanol, Inc. (PEIX) 2) Sino-Global Shipping America, Ltd. (SINO) 3) Just Energy Group, Inc. (JE) 4) CryoPort, Inc. (CYRX) 5) Whiting Petroleum Corporation (WLL)
 6) Sanchez Midstream Partners LP (SNMP) 7) Northern Oil and Gas, Inc. (NOG) 8) Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (REGI) 9) Tengasco, Inc. (TGC) 10) U.S. Energy Corp. (USEG)
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Performance of Top Oil Stocks

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

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.
Based on the market-cap change from $35.95 million to $644.51 million during the given months of the year 2020 and the share price change from $0.65 per share to a price of $10.15 per share as of Oct 16, 2020, Pacific Ethanol, Inc. (PEIX) was successful in generating YTD returns of 1461.54 percentage. Standing at the number one rank in the top performing list of Oil stocks, the California, CA-based Pacific Ethanol is categorized as the Major Chemicals 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, and a few more broader-level indexes that are actively tracked in the 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.
The New York, NY-headquartered company Sino-Global Shipping America, Ltd. (SINO) is ranked number two among the best performing stocks of Oil of 2020. The Transportation sector business falls under the Oil Refining and Marketing industrial sub-sector. Since the start of the year 2020, the stock price of Sino-Global Shipping America has changed by 282.22 percent, which is calculated based on the previous year's closing price of $0.45 per share and year-to-date closing price of $1.72 per share as of writing. The market value of the company as indicated by its market-cap changed from $8.1 million to $7.64 million during the same period. Along with Oil, the company is also in the business of Transportation, Oil Refining and Marketing, Industrials, Shipping & Logistics, among other usual products and services.

Just Energy

Just Energy Group Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides electricity, natural gas, and renewable energy solutions in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, and Japan. It operates thr ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Just Energy.
During the given months of the year 2020, Just Energy Group, Inc. (JE) was successful in generating YTD returns of 241.07 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 Mississauga, ON-based Just Energy closed at a price of $1.68 per share, while it traded at a price of $5.73 per share as of Oct 16, 2020. The company's market cap changed from $253.9 million to $275.67 million during the same period YTD. The company is classified under the Public Utilities industry sector and further specialized as a Oil and Gas Transmission sector business.

CryoPort

Cryoport, Inc. (Cryoport), incorporated on May 25, 1990, is a provider of cryogenic logistics solutions to the life sciences industry through its purpose-built packaging, information technology and specialized cold chain ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of CryoPort.
The California, CA-based CryoPort, Inc. (CYRX) belongs to the Transportation sector and is categorized as a Oil Refining and Marketing company. The stock of CryoPort ended the previous year at a price of $16.46 per share. As of Oct 16, 2020, the stock price has reached $46.61 apiece, which indicates a change of 183.17 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 $609.28 million. It has now changed to $1.84 billion as of writing. CryoPort continues to be a leading constituent of many major stock market indexes like Wilshire 5000 index, Russell 2000 index, and several other broader level multi-cap market indicators.

Whiting Petroleum

Whiting Petroleum Corporation, incorporated on July 18, 2003, is an independent oil and gas company. The Company is engaged in development, production, acquisition and exploration activities primarily in the Rocky ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Whiting Petroleum.
Rank number five in the coveted list is held by Whiting Petroleum Corporation (WLL) for being among the top performing stocks of 2020. Headquartered in Colorado, CO, the Energy sector company is categorized under the industrial sub-sector of Oil & Gas E&P. Since the start of the year 2020, stock of Whiting Petroleum has so far gained 129.29 percentage, based on the previous year's closing price of $7.34 per share and year-to-date price of $16.83 per share. During the same period, the market capitalization of the company changed from $670.14 million to $1.27 billion. The stock of Whiting Petroleum continues to be a major constituent of many leading stock indexes which include Wilshire 5000 index, Russell 2000 index, and several other broader level multi-cap market indicators.

Sanchez Midstream Partners

Sanchez Midstream Partners LP engages in the acquisition, development, ownership, and operation of midstream and other energy-related assets in the United States. It operates in two segments, Midstream and Prod ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Sanchez Midstream Partners.
At number six in the list of top stocks stands Sanchez Midstream Partners LP (SNMP), which saw a change in its stock price from the level of $0.3 apiece during previous year December end to the price of $0.68 per share as of Oct 16, 2020. It translates to a change of 127.17 percentage. The Houston, TX-headquartered Energy sector company also saw its market value change from $6.06 million to $13.6 million.

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.
Northern Oil and Gas, Inc. (NOG) has moved by 123.28 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 $2.32 apiece to the price of $5.18 per share between the end of December of the previous year and Oct 16, 2020. The smart run of the Minnesota, MN-based Oil & Gas E&P sector company lead to a handsome gain in its marketcap which changed from $925.33 million to $232.89 million over the same duration. Northern Oil and Gas is a key member of many popular stock market indexes. They include Wilshire 5000 index, and several other broader level multi-cap market indicators.

Renewable Energy

Renewable Energy Group, Inc. produces biomass-based diesel and biofuel and develops renewable chemicals. The company utilizes an integrated procurement, distribution, and logistics network to convert ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Renewable Energy.
The Iowa, IA-based Basic Industries sector company Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (REGI) holds the number eight spot among the best performing stocks of the Oil sector. Classified as the Major Chemicals business, the stock price of Renewable Energy ended the previous year at a price of $26.95 per share while it reached the level of $55.87 apiece as of Oct 16, 2020 translating to a percentage change in stock price of 107.31%. As of writing, the company's market-cap value stands at $2.24 billion. Few leading stock market index includes Renewable Energy in their constituent list. They include Wilshire 5000 index, Russell 2000 index, and a few other larger indexes which are part of the stock market.

Tengasco

Tengasco, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, explores for and produces oil and natural gas in the United States. It primarily holds interests in the oil and gas properties located in Kansas. As of ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Tengasco.
Tengasco (TGC) generated percentage returns of 104.08 percent during the 2020 year-to-date. Its returns are based on the share price which moved from $0.49 per share from the previous year-end to the price of $1 per share as of Oct 16, 2020. The company's value, as indicated by the market-cap figure, changed from $4.97 million to $10.68 million during the same period.
The company is categorized as a Energy speciality business with further classification in the Oil & Gas E&P sub-category. Based in Tennessee, TN, 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.

US Energy

U.S. Energy Corp. (U.S. Energy), incorporated in 1966, is an independent energy company focused on the acquisition and development of oil and gas producing properties in the continental United States. ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of US Energy.
The number ten spot in the list of top performing stocks of the Oil sector is taken by U.S. Energy Corp. (USEG). The company's stock price changed from $3.02 per share at the end of December of the previous year to the price of $5.2 per share as of writing. Overall, the stock managed to realized price change of 72.19 percent during the given time period. The corresponding change in the market capitalization value of the Colorado, CO-based Energy sector company was from $4.44 million to $9.18 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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