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Best Performing Precious Metals Stocks of 2021

Updated Apr 1, 2021
Since centuries, human beings have had an affinity as well as a requirement to securely store value for the bad times. Precious metals offer that possibility, where different kinds of metals of high value have been used as a medium of storage for monetary value. Even today, gold and silver bars are used by modern day banks as well as regulators as reliable storage units. Gold, Silver, Platinum and Palladium are the most popular forms of precious metals. Gold and silver have been used since ages, while platinum and palladium have been gaining popularity recently. Hundreds of companies all across the different regions work in the business of precious metals. Instead of purchasing the physical metal, purchasing stocks of such companies is preferred by many investors as it takes away the headaches of safe storage. However, such investments also come with the stock specific risks of a particular company stock.
Among the various Precious Metals companies whose stocks are listed on stock exchanges, which ones generated the top returns this year? Which of those figured among the winners in the long list of Precious Metals stocks?
This article provides a list of Precious Metals stocks which have generated top returns in the year 2021 so far till date of writing. The list is prepared based on the percentage returns generated by the individual Precious Metals stocks between the end of the previous year and Apr 1, 2021, and the top 10 return generating Precious Metals stocks are listed below.

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Top Precious Metals Stocks With Highest Returns

The following list presents stocks of the companies which belong to the broader Precious Metals sector or the stock market index, their corresponding prices as of given date, and the percentage gains realized:
 1) Comstock Mining, Inc. (LODE) 2) Northern Dynasty Minerals, Ltd. (NAK) 3) Uranium Energy Corp. (UEC) 4) Denison Mine Corp (DNN) 5) Solitario Exploration and Royalty Corp (XPL)
 6) Ur Energy Inc (URG) 7) Taseko Mines Limited (TGB) 8) Turquoise Hill Resources Ltd. (TRQ) 9) Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. (CLF) 10) China Natural Resources, Inc. (CHNR)

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Performance of Top Precious Metals Stocks

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

Comstock Mining

Comstock Mining Inc. engages in the exploration, development, and production of gold and silver in Nevada. The company operates through Mining and Real Estate segments. The Mining segment owns and con ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Comstock Mining.
The Nevada, NV-headquartered company Comstock Mining, Inc. (LODE) is ranked number one among the best performing stocks of Precious Metals of 2021. The Basic Industries sector business falls under the Precious Metals industrial sub-sector. Since the start of the year 2021, the stock price of Comstock Mining has changed by 376.92 percent, which is calculated based on the previous year's closing price of $1.04 per share and year-to-date closing price of $4.96 per share as of writing. The market value of the company as indicated by its market-cap changed from $35.82 million to $210.58 million during the same period. Along with Precious Metals, the company is also in the business of Gold, Silver, Basic Industries, Basic Materials, Wilshire 5000, among other usual products and services. Comstock Mining 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.

Northern Dynasty Minerals

Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd. acquires, explores for, and develops mineral properties in the United States. Its principal mineral property is the Pebble copper-gold-molybdenum project that includes 2,402 miner ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Northern Dynasty Minerals.
During the given months of the year 2021, Northern Dynasty Minerals, Ltd. (NAK) was successful in generating YTD returns of 102.36 percentage which helped it gain the number two 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 Vancouver, BC-based Northern Dynasty Minerals closed at a price of $0.32 per share, while it traded at a price of $0.65 per share as of Apr 1, 2021. The company's market cap changed from $160.7 million to $328.09 million during the same period YTD. The company is classified under the Basic Materials industry sector and further specialized as a Precious Metals sector business.

Uranium Energy

Uranium Energy Corp., incorporated on May 16, 2003, is engaged in uranium mining and related activities, including exploration, pre-extraction, extraction and processing of uranium concentrates, on projects located in the ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Uranium Energy.
Based on the market-cap change from $350.34 million to $723.1 million during the given months of the year 2021 and the share price change from $1.76 per share to a price of $3.21 per share as of Apr 1, 2021, Uranium Energy Corp. (UEC) was successful in generating YTD returns of 82.39 percentage. Standing at the number three rank in the top performing list of Precious Metals stocks, the Canada-based Uranium Energy 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, Russell 2000 index, and a few more broader-level indexes that are actively tracked in the market.

Denison Mine

Denison Mines Corp. engages in uranium mining related activities in Canada. The company acquires, explores for, and develops uranium properties; and extracts, processes, and sells uranium. Its assets include a ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Denison Mine.
The Toronto, ON-based Denison Mine Corp (DNN) belongs to the Basic Industries sector and is categorized as a Precious Metals company. The stock of Denison Mine ended the previous year at a price of $0.65 per share. As of Apr 1, 2021, the stock price has reached $1.18 apiece, which indicates a change of 82.38 percent making the company rank among the top performing stocks of the Precious Metals for the year 2021 till date. At the end of the last year, company's market capitalization stood at $433.43 million. It has now changed to $940.37 million as of writing.

Solitario Exploration and Royalty

Solitario Zinc Corp., an exploration stage company, engages in the acquisition, exploration, and development of zinc properties in Peru and Alaska. Its principal mineral property assets are the 39% interest in the Florida Canyon zinc project located in Peru; and the 50% interest in the Lik zinc deposit located in ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Solitario Exploration and Royalty.
Rank number five in the coveted list is held by Solitario Exploration and Royalty Corp (XPL) for being among the top performing stocks of 2021. Headquartered in Colorado, CO, the Basic Industries sector company is categorized under the industrial sub-sector of Precious Metals. Since the start of the year 2021, stock of Solitario Exploration and Royalty has so far gained 51.15 percentage, based on the previous year's closing price of $0.56 per share and year-to-date price of $0.85 per share. During the same period, the market capitalization of the company changed from $32.67 million to $49.62 million. The stock of Solitario Exploration and Royalty 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.

Ur Energy

Ur-Energy Inc. (Ur-Energy), incorporated on August 8, 2006, is an exploration-stage mining company. The Company is engaged in uranium mining, recovery and processing activities, including the acquisition, exploration, development and ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Ur Energy.
The Canada-based Basic Industries sector company Ur Energy Inc (URG) holds the number six spot among the best performing stocks of the Precious Metals sector. Classified as the Precious Metals business, the stock price of Ur Energy ended the previous year at a price of $0.8 per share while it reached the level of $1.19 apiece as of Apr 1, 2021 translating to a percentage change in stock price of 48.53%. As of writing, the company's market-cap value stands at $222.94 million.

Taseko Mines

Taseko Mines Limited is a mining company. The Company is principally engaged in the production and sale of metals, as well as related activities, including exploration and mine development, within the province of British Columbia, Canada and the State of Arizona, the United States. ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Taseko Mines.
At number seven in the list of top stocks stands Taseko Mines Limited (TGB), which saw a change in its stock price from the level of $1.32 apiece during previous year December end to the price of $1.81 per share as of Apr 1, 2021. It translates to a change of 37.12 percentage. The Canada-headquartered Basic Industries sector company also saw its market value change from $363.47 million to $509.12 million.

Turquoise Hill Resources

Turquoise Hill Resources Ltd., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a mining company. The company explores for copper, gold, silver, and molybdenum deposits. It primarily develops and operates ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Turquoise Hill Resources.
Turquoise Hill Resources Ltd. (TRQ) has moved by 33.98 percentage over the given period of 2021-YTD, helping it gain a place at number eight among the top performing stocks. The Basic Industries sector company managed to achieve the feat as its stock price changed from $12.42 apiece to the price of $16.64 per share between the end of December of the previous year and Apr 1, 2021. The smart run of the Canada-based Precious Metals sector company lead to a handsome gain in its marketcap which changed from $2.49 billion to $3.35 billion over the same duration.

Cliffs Natural Resources

Cleveland-Cliffs Inc. operates as an iron ore mining company in the United States, Canada, and internationally. The company operates four iron ore mines, including the Tilden mine in Michigan; and the ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Cliffs Natural Resources.
Cliffs Natural Resources (CLF) generated percentage returns of 33.38 percent during the 2021 year-to-date. Its returns are based on the share price which moved from $14.56 per share from the previous year-end to the price of $19.42 per share as of Apr 1, 2021. The company's value, as indicated by the market-cap figure, changed from $6.95 billion to $9.69 billion during the same period.
The company is categorized as a Basic Industries speciality business with further classification in the Precious Metals sub-category. Based in Ohio, OH, the YTD performance of the Precious Metals 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, Russell 2000 index, and a few other wider multi-cap stock market indexes.

China Natural Resources

China Natural Resources, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the exploration of metal properties in the People's Republic of China. The company primarily explores for lead, silver, copper, and ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of China Natural Resources.
The number ten spot in the list of top performing stocks of the Precious Metals sector is taken by China Natural Resources, Inc. (CHNR). The company's stock price changed from $1.38 per share at the end of December of the previous year to the price of $1.81 per share as of writing. Overall, the stock managed to realized price change of 31.16 percent during the given time period. The corresponding change in the market capitalization value of the Hong Kong-based Basic Industries sector company was from $46.9 million to $68.69 million. Being ranked in the top 10 best performing stocks of the Precious Metals sector, the company also succeeded in outperforming the returns generated by some of the popular stock market indexes.
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