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Best Performing Oil Stocks of 2021

Updated Apr 1, 2021
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 2021 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 Apr 1, 2021, 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) Extraction Oil and Gas, Inc. (XOG) 2) Lonestar Resources US Inc. (LONE) 3) Chesapeake Energy Corporation (CHK) 4) Ring Energy, Inc. (REI) 5) Recon Technology, Ltd. (RCON)
 6) Tetra Technologies, Inc. (TTI) 7) Sino-Global Shipping America, Ltd. (SINO) 8) SM Energy Company (SM) 9) Callon Petroleum Company (CPE) 10) Centennial Resource Development, Inc. (CDEV)
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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:

Extraction Oil and Gas

Extraction Oil & Gas, Inc., an independent oil and gas company, focuses on the acquisition, development, and production of oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquid reserves in the Rocky Mountain regio ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Extraction Oil and Gas.
Based on the market-cap change from $37.37 million to $925.74 million during the given months of the year 2021 and the share price change from $0.27 per share to a price of $36.03 per share as of Apr 1, 2021, Extraction Oil and Gas, Inc. (XOG) was successful in generating YTD returns of 13219.78 percentage. Standing at the number one rank in the top performing list of Oil stocks, the Colorado, CO-based Extraction Oil and Gas is categorized as the Oil & Gas E&P sub-sector business which falls under the larger Energy 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.

Lonestar Resources US

Lonestar Resources US Inc., an independent oil and gas company, engages in the acquisition, development, and production of unconventional oil, natural gas liquids, and natural gas properties in the Un ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Lonestar Resources US.
The Texas, TX-headquartered company Lonestar Resources US Inc. (LONE) is ranked number two among the best performing stocks of Oil of 2021. The Energy sector business falls under the Oil & Gas E&P industrial sub-sector. Since the start of the year 2021, the stock price of Lonestar Resources US has changed by 2300 percent, which is calculated based on the previous year's closing price of $0.25 per share and year-to-date closing price of $6 per share as of writing. The market value of the company as indicated by its market-cap changed from $6.37 million to $152.88 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. Lonestar Resources US 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.

Chesapeake Energy

Chesapeake Energy Corporation engages in the acquisition, exploration, and development of properties for the production of oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids (NGL) from underground reservoirs i ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Chesapeake Energy.
During the given months of the year 2021, Chesapeake Energy Corporation (CHK) was successful in generating YTD returns of 279.16 percentage which helped it gain the number three 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 Oklahoma, OK-based Chesapeake Energy closed at a price of $11.85 per share, while it traded at a price of $44.93 per share as of Apr 1, 2021. The company's market cap changed from $115.93 million to $4.4 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 Energy industry sector and further specialized as a Oil & Gas E&P sector business.

Ring Energy

Ring Energy, Inc. (Ring), incorporated on July 30, 2004, is an exploration and production company that is engaged in oil and natural gas acquisition, exploration, development and production activities. The ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Ring Energy.
The Oklahoma, OK-based Ring Energy, Inc. (REI) belongs to the Energy sector and is categorized as a Oil & Gas E&P company. The stock of Ring Energy ended the previous year at a price of $0.66 per share. As of Apr 1, 2021, the stock price has reached $2.45 apiece, which indicates a change of 271.27 percent making the company rank among the top performing stocks of the Oil for the year 2021 till date. At the end of the last year, company's market capitalization stood at $53.89 million. It has now changed to $243 million as of writing. Ring Energy 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.

Recon Technology

Recon Technology, Ltd. provides hardware, software, and on-site services to companies in the petroleum mining and extraction industry in the People's Republic of China. The company offers equipment, t ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Recon Technology.
Rank number five in the coveted list is held by Recon Technology, Ltd. (RCON) for being among the top performing stocks of 2021. Headquartered in China, the Energy sector company is categorized under the industrial sub-sector of Oilfield Services and Equipment. Since the start of the year 2021, stock of Recon Technology has so far gained 251.02 percentage, based on the previous year's closing price of $1.47 per share and year-to-date price of $5.16 per share. During the same period, the market capitalization of the company changed from $10.59 million to $94.48 million.

Tetra

TETRA Technologies, Inc., incorporated on February 06, 1981, together with its consolidated subsidiaries, is a geographically diversified oil and gas services company. The Company focuses on completion fluids and associated ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Tetra.
At number six in the list of top stocks stands Tetra Technologies, Inc. (TTI), which saw a change in its stock price from the level of $0.86 apiece during previous year December end to the price of $2.8 per share as of Apr 1, 2021. It translates to a change of 225.01 percentage. The Texas, TX-headquartered Energy sector company also saw its market value change from $108.53 million to $354.58 million. 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.

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, Ltd. (SINO) has moved by 217.96 percentage over the given period of 2021-YTD, helping it gain a place at number seven among the top performing stocks. The Transportation sector company managed to achieve the feat as its stock price changed from $2.06 apiece to the price of $6.55 per share between the end of December of the previous year and Apr 1, 2021. The smart run of the New York, NY-based Oil Refining and Marketing sector company lead to a handsome gain in its marketcap which changed from $12.36 million to $94.63 million over the same duration.

SM Energy

SM Energy Company, incorporated on January 23, 1915, is an independent energy company. The Company is engaged in the acquisition, exploration, development and production of crude oil and condensate, natural ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of SM Energy.
The Colorado, CO-based Energy sector company SM Energy Company (SM) 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 SM Energy ended the previous year at a price of $6.12 per share while it reached the level of $18.93 apiece as of Apr 1, 2021 translating to a percentage change in stock price of 209.31%. As of writing, the company's market-cap value stands at $2.17 billion. Few leading stock market index includes SM 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.

Callon Petroleum

Callon Petroleum Company, an independent oil and natural gas company, focuses on the acquisition, development, exploration, and exploitation of unconventional onshore, oil, and natural gas reserves in ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Callon Petroleum.
Callon Petroleum (CPE) generated percentage returns of 209.27 percent during the 2021 year-to-date. Its returns are based on the share price which moved from $13.16 per share from the previous year-end to the price of $40.7 per share as of Apr 1, 2021. The company's value, as indicated by the market-cap figure, changed from $523.15 million to $1.88 billion 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 Mississippi, MS, 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. The company is a part of Wilshire 5000 index, and a few other wider multi-cap stock market indexes.

Centennial Resource Development

Centennial Resource Development, Inc., incorporated on November 4, 2015, is an independent oil and natural gas company. The Company is focused on the development of unconventional oil and associated liquids-rich ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Centennial Resource Development.
The number ten spot in the list of top performing stocks of the Oil sector is taken by Centennial Resource Development, Inc. (CDEV). The company's stock price changed from $1.5 per share at the end of December of the previous year to the price of $4.48 per share as of writing. Overall, the stock managed to realized price change of 198.67 percent during the given time period. The corresponding change in the market capitalization value of the Texas, TX-based Energy sector company was from $419.06 million to $1.26 billion. 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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