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Best Performing Precious Metals Stocks of 2020

Updated Dec 31, 2020
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 2020 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 Dec 31, 2020, 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) Turquoise Hill Resources Ltd. (TRQ) 2) Polymet Mining Corp. (PLM) 3) Taseko Mines Limited (TGB) 4) Platinum Group Metals Ltd. (PLG) 5) International Tower Hill Mines Ltd (THM)
 6) New Gold Inc. (NGD) 7) Golden Minerals Company (AUMN) 8) Comstock Mining, Inc. (LODE) 9) DRDGOLD Limited (DRD) 10) Avino Silver (ASM)

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

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.
The Canada-headquartered company Turquoise Hill Resources Ltd. (TRQ) is ranked number one among the best performing stocks of Precious Metals of 2020. The Basic Industries sector business falls under the Precious Metals industrial sub-sector. Since the start of the year 2020, the stock price of Turquoise Hill Resources has changed by 1578.38 percent, which is calculated based on the previous year's closing price of $0.74 per share and year-to-date closing price of $12.42 per share as of writing. The market value of the company as indicated by its market-cap changed from $1.47 billion to $2.49 billion during the same period. Along with Precious Metals, the company is also in the business of Silver, Basic Industries, Basic Materials, Copper, among other usual products and services.

Polymet Mining

PolyMet Mining Corp. explores for and develops natural resource properties. Its primary mineral property is the NorthMet project that includes NorthMet copper-nickel-precious metals ore body covering an area of ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Polymet Mining.
During the given months of the year 2020, Polymet Mining Corp. (PLM) was successful in generating YTD returns of 1264 percentage which helped it gain the number two 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 Toronto, ON-based Polymet Mining closed at a price of $0.25 per share, while it traded at a price of $3.41 per share as of Dec 31, 2020. The company's market cap changed from $255.88 million to $336.41 million during the same period YTD. The company is classified under the Basic Industries industry sector and further specialized as a Precious Metals sector business.

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.
Based on the market-cap change from $116.17 million to $363.47 million during the given months of the year 2020 and the share price change from $0.48 per share to a price of $1.32 per share as of Dec 31, 2020, Taseko Mines Limited (TGB) was successful in generating YTD returns of 175 percentage. Standing at the number three rank in the top performing list of Precious Metals stocks, the Canada-based Taseko Mines is categorized as the Precious Metals sub-sector business which falls under the larger Basic Industries sector.

Platinum Metals

Platinum Group Metals Ltd. engages in the acquisition, exploration, and development of platinum and palladium properties. It explores for platinum, palladium, rhodium, gold, ruthenium, iridium, copper ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Platinum Metals.
The Canada-based Platinum Group Metals Ltd. (PLG) belongs to the Basic Industries sector and is categorized as a Precious Metals company. The stock of Platinum Metals ended the previous year at a price of $1.69 per share. As of Dec 31, 2020, the stock price has reached $4.64 apiece, which indicates a change of 174.56 percent making the company rank among the top performing stocks of the Precious Metals for the year 2020 till date. At the end of the last year, company's market capitalization stood at $103.92 million. It has now changed to $330.74 million as of writing.

International Tower Hill Mines

International Tower Hill Mines Ltd., a mineral exploration company, acquires and explores for mineral properties Canada and the United States. It holds or has rights to acquire ownership or leasehold ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of International Tower Hill Mines.
Rank number five in the coveted list is held by International Tower Hill Mines Ltd (THM) for being among the top performing stocks of 2020. Headquartered in Canada, the Basic Industries sector company is categorized under the industrial sub-sector of Precious Metals. Since the start of the year 2020, stock of International Tower Hill Mines has so far gained 155.56 percentage, based on the previous year's closing price of $0.54 per share and year-to-date price of $1.38 per share. During the same period, the market capitalization of the company changed from $101.28 million to $269.47 million.

New Gold

New Gold Inc., an intermediate gold mining company, engages in the development and operation of mineral properties. It primarily explores for gold, silver, and copper deposits. The company's operating ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of New Gold.
The Canada-based Basic Industries sector company New Gold Inc. (NGD) 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 New Gold ended the previous year at a price of $0.88 per share while it reached the level of $2.19 apiece as of Dec 31, 2020 translating to a percentage change in stock price of 148.86%. As of writing, the company's market-cap value stands at $1.46 billion.

Golden Minerals

Golden Minerals Company, incorporated on March 6, 2009, is a mining company. The Company owns the Velardena and Chicago precious metals mining properties and associated oxide and sulfide processing plants ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Golden Minerals.
At number seven in the list of top stocks stands Golden Minerals Company (AUMN), which saw a change in its stock price from the level of $0.31 apiece during previous year December end to the price of $0.76 per share as of Dec 31, 2020. It translates to a change of 145.16 percentage. The Colorado, CO-headquartered Basic Industries sector company also saw its market value change from $33.09 million to $115.15 million. The Precious Metals 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.

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.
Comstock Mining, Inc. (LODE) has moved by 136.36 percentage over the given period of 2020-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 $0.44 apiece to the price of $1.04 per share between the end of December of the previous year and Dec 31, 2020. The smart run of the Nevada, NV-based Precious Metals sector company lead to a handsome gain in its marketcap which changed from $11.21 million to $35.82 million over the same duration. Comstock Mining is a key member of many popular stock market indexes. They include Wilshire 5000 index, and several other broader level multi-cap market indicators.

DRDGOLD

DRDGOLD Limited, a gold mining company, engages in surface gold tailings retreatment business in South Africa. The company's activities include exploration, extraction, processing, and smelting. It re ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of DRDGOLD.
DRDGOLD (DRD) generated percentage returns of 128.65 percent during the 2020 year-to-date. Its returns are based on the share price which moved from $5.13 per share from the previous year-end to the price of $11.73 per share as of Dec 31, 2020. The company's value, as indicated by the market-cap figure, changed from $338.31 million to $993.69 million 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 South Africa, 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.

Avino Silver

Avino Silver & Gold Mines Ltd., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the production and sale of silver, gold, and copper; and the acquisition, exploration, and advancement of mineral properties. ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Avino Silver.
The number ten spot in the list of top performing stocks of the Precious Metals sector is taken by Avino Silver (ASM). The company's stock price changed from $0.58 per share at the end of December of the previous year to the price of $1.3 per share as of writing. Overall, the stock managed to realized price change of 124.14 percent during the given time period. The corresponding change in the market capitalization value of the Canada-based Basic Industries sector company was from $44.31 million to $114.35 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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