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Best Performing Russell 2000 Stocks of 2021

Updated Apr 1, 2021
The Russell 2000 index is a small-cap stock market index which represents the small market cap sector of the American stock market. Its constituents are of the smallest 2,000 stocks in the Russell 3000 Index. The index was crafted in the year 1984 and is maintained by FTSE Russell, a subsidiary company of the London Stock Exchange (LSE) Group. Represented by the symbol RUT, this index offers a good gauge of the performance of the small cap market segment of the U.S. stock market.
Though this index itself contains around 2,000 companies, investors often look for stocks which are the top performers among these 2,000 companies of Russell 2000 which have generated the highest returns. This article provides a detailed list of top 10 stocks of the Russell 2000 index by computing the percentage gains made by the constituent companies between December 31 of the previous year and Apr 1, 2021. The article presents the list in descending order of gains realized by the Russell 2000 stocks between the given period, and the top performing stocks are ranked at the top.
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The following list presents stocks of the companies which belong to the broader Russell 2000 sector or the stock market index, their corresponding prices as of given date, and the percentage gains realized:
 1) Gamestop Corporation (GME) 2) AMC Entertainment Holdings, Inc. (AMC) 3) Express, Inc. (EXPR) 4) Chesapeake Energy Corporation (CHK) 5) Evolus, Inc. (EOLS)
 6) The ExOne Company (XONE) 7) Rubius Therapeutics, Inc. (RUBY) 8) Amyris, Inc. (AMRS) 9) SM Energy Company (SM) 10) Anavex Life Sciences Corp. (AVXL)

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

Gamestop

GameStop Corp. operates as a multichannel video game, consumer electronics, and wireless services retailer. It operates in five segments: United States, Canada, Australia, Europe, and Technology Brand ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Gamestop.
The Texas, TX-based Gamestop Corporation (GME) belongs to the Consumer Services sector and is categorized as a Electronics Distribution company. The stock of Gamestop ended the previous year at a price of $18.84 per share. As of Apr 1, 2021, the stock price has reached $191.45 apiece, which indicates a change of 916.19 percent making the company rank among the top performing stocks of the Russell 2000 for the year 2021 till date. At the end of the last year, company's market capitalization stood at $1.31 billion. It has now changed to $13.39 billion as of writing. Gamestop 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.

AMC Entertainment

AMC Entertainment Holdings, Inc., incorporated on June 6, 2007, is a holding company. The Company, through its subsidiaries, including AMC Entertainment Inc. (AMCE), American Multi-Cinema, Inc. (OpCo) and its subsidiaries, ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of AMC Entertainment.
The Leawood, KS-headquartered company AMC Entertainment Holdings, Inc. (AMC) is ranked number two among the best performing stocks of Russell 2000 of 2021. The Consumer Services sector business falls under the Movies Entertainment industrial sub-sector. Since the start of the year 2021, the stock price of AMC Entertainment has changed by 341.51 percent, which is calculated based on the previous year's closing price of $2.12 per share and year-to-date closing price of $9.36 per share as of writing. The market value of the company as indicated by its market-cap changed from $340.67 million to $4.7 billion during the same period. Along with Russell 2000, the company is also in the business of Consumer Services, Movies Entertainment, Consumer Cyclical, Media, Consumer Discretionary, Wilshire 5000, among other usual products and services. AMC Entertainment continues to be a leading constituent of many major stock market indexes like Wilshire 5000 index, Russell 2000 index, and a few other larger indexes which are part of the stock market.

Express

Express, Inc. operates as a specialty apparel and accessories retailer. It offers apparel and accessories for women and men between 20 and 30 years across various aspects of lifestyles, including work ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Express.
During the given months of the year 2021, Express, Inc. (EXPR) was successful in generating YTD returns of 336.26 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 Ohio, OH-based Express closed at a price of $0.91 per share, while it traded at a price of $3.97 per share as of Apr 1, 2021. The company's market cap changed from $59.1 million to $257.95 million 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 Consumer Services industry sector and further specialized as a Clothing Shoes and Accessory Stores sector business.

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.
The Oklahoma, OK-based Energy sector company Chesapeake Energy Corporation (CHK) holds the number four spot among the best performing stocks of the Russell 2000 sector. Classified as the Oil & Gas E&P business, the stock price of Chesapeake Energy ended the previous year at a price of $11.85 per share while it reached the level of $44.93 apiece as of Apr 1, 2021 translating to a percentage change in stock price of 279.16%. As of writing, the company's market-cap value stands at $4.4 billion. Few leading stock market index includes Chesapeake 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.

Evolus

Evolus, Inc. provides medical aesthetic products for physicians and their patients in the United States. It offers DWP-450, an injectable 900 kilodalton botulinum toxin type A complex designed to address the ne ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Evolus.
Rank number five in the coveted list is held by Evolus, Inc. (EOLS) for being among the top performing stocks of 2021. Headquartered in Irvine, CA, the Health Care sector company is categorized under the industrial sub-sector of Healthcare. Since the start of the year 2021, stock of Evolus has so far gained 274.7 percentage, based on the previous year's closing price of $3.36 per share and year-to-date price of $12.59 per share. During the same period, the market capitalization of the company changed from $113.4 million to $550.6 million. The stock of Evolus 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.

The ExOne

The ExOne Company develops, manufactures, and markets three-dimensional (3D) printing machines, 3D printed and other products, materials, and services primarily in North America, Europe, and Asia. The ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of The ExOne.
At number six in the list of top stocks stands The ExOne Company (XONE), which saw a change in its stock price from the level of $9.49 apiece during previous year December end to the price of $31.29 per share as of Apr 1, 2021. It translates to a change of 229.72 percentage. The Pennsylvania, PA-headquartered Capital Goods sector company also saw its market value change from $182.09 million to $690.69 million. The Industrial Machinery and Components 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, Russell 2000 index, and a handful of other multi-capitalization indexes.

Rubius Therapeutics

Rubius Therapeutics, Inc. focuses on the development of red cell therapeutics (RCTs) for the treatment of patients with severe diseases through its rubius erythrocyte design cellular therapy platform. The company is developing various RCTs, such as RTX-134 for treatment of classic and moderate phenylketonuria; RTX-Uricase 002FURAT1 for treatment of chronic ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Rubius Therapeutics.
Rubius Therapeutics, Inc. (RUBY) has moved by 229.38 percentage over the given period of 2021-YTD, helping it gain a place at number seven among the top performing stocks. The Health Care sector company managed to achieve the feat as its stock price changed from $7.59 apiece to the price of $25 per share between the end of December of the previous year and Apr 1, 2021. The smart run of the USA-based Healthcare sector company lead to a handsome gain in its marketcap which changed from $614.21 million to $2.2 billion over the same duration. Rubius Therapeutics is a key member of many popular stock market indexes. They include Wilshire 5000 index, Russell 2000 index, and several other broader level multi-cap market indicators.

Amyris

Amyris, Inc., incorporated on April 15, 2010, is an integrated industrial biotechnology company. The Company is engaged in research and development and sales of fuels and farnesene-derived products. The Company ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Amyris.
Amyris (AMRS) generated percentage returns of 213.43 percent during the 2021 year-to-date. Its returns are based on the share price which moved from $6.18 per share from the previous year-end to the price of $19.37 per share as of Apr 1, 2021. The company's value, as indicated by the market-cap figure, changed from $1.48 billion to $5.11 billion during the same period.
The company is categorized as a Basic Industries speciality business with further classification in the Major Chemicals sub-category. Based in California, CA, the YTD performance of the Russell 2000 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.

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.
Based on the market-cap change from $701.19 million to $2.17 billion during the given months of the year 2021 and the share price change from $6.12 per share to a price of $18.93 per share as of Apr 1, 2021, SM Energy Company (SM) was successful in generating YTD returns of 209.31 percentage. Standing at the number nine rank in the top performing list of Russell 2000 stocks, the Colorado, CO-based SM Energy 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, Russell 2000 index, and a few more broader-level indexes that are actively tracked in the market.

Anavex Life Sciences

Anavex Life Sciences Corp., incorporated on January 23, 2004, is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company. The Company is engaged in the development of differentiated therapeutics for the treatment of neurodegenerative and ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Anavex Life Sciences.
The number ten spot in the list of top performing stocks of the Russell 2000 sector is taken by Anavex Life Sciences Corp. (AVXL). The company's stock price changed from $5.4 per share at the end of December of the previous year to the price of $15.38 per share as of writing. Overall, the stock managed to realized price change of 184.81 percent during the given time period. The corresponding change in the market capitalization value of the New York, NY-based Health Care sector company was from $361.6 million to $1.07 billion. Being ranked in the top 10 best performing stocks of the Russell 2000 sector, the company also succeeded in outperforming the returns generated by some of the popular stock market indexes. They include the Wilshire 5000 index, Russell 2000 index, and a handful of other multi-capitalization indexes.
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