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Best Performing S&P 500 Stocks of 2020

Updated Sep 15, 2020
Among the big universe of stocks listed on the various stock exchanges, the popular stock market indexes like S&P 500 allow investors a convenient mode to access the top rated stocks. The S&P 500 index contains the top 500 stocks by market value (or market capitalization) of the stocks listed in the American markets. Within this top list, which are the S&P 500 stocks that have generated the maximum returns this year?
This article looks at the price movement of all the S&P 500 stocks from the end of the previous year to the date of writing and presents a list of top 10 stocks that have given the maximum returns. The list is prepared using the following method. The price of each stock is taken at the close of December 31 of the previous year and at the close of Sep 15, 2020. Percentage gains are then calculated using the two closing prices for each S&P 500 stock, and the resultant list is arranged in the descending order of percentage gains - that is, stock with the highest gains is ranked at the top. The top 10 stocks which have generated the maximum gain during the year are listed below.
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The following list presents stocks of the companies which belong to the broader S&P 500 sector or the stock market index, their corresponding prices as of given date, and the percentage gains realized:
 1) Carrier Global Corporation (CARR) 2) Nvidia Corporation (NVDA) 3) Advanced Micro Devices Inc (AMD) 4) PayPal (PYPL) 5) Amazon.com Inc (AMZN)
 6) ServiceNow, Inc. (NOW) 7) Rollins, Inc. (ROL) 8) ABIOMED, Inc. (ABMD) 9) L Brands Inc. (LB) 10) FedEx Corporation (FDX)

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

Carrier Global

Carrier Global Corporation provides heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC), refrigeration, fire, security, and building automation technologies worldwide. It operates through three segments: HVAC, Refrigeration, and Fire & Security. The HVAC segment provides products, controls, services, and solutions to meet the heating and cooling needs of residential and commercial customers. Its products include air conditioners, heating systems, controls, and aftermarket components, as well as aftermarket repair and maintenance services and building automation solutions. ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Carrier Global.
The Palm Beach Gardens, FL-headquartered company Carrier Global Corporation (CARR) is ranked number one among the best performing stocks of S&P 500 of 2020. The Industrials sector business falls under the Building Products & Equipment industrial sub-sector. Since the start of the year 2020, the stock price of Carrier Global has changed by 147.42 percent, which is calculated based on the previous year's closing price of $12 per share and year-to-date closing price of $29.69 per share as of writing. The market value of the company as indicated by its market-cap changed from $12.31 billion to $25.72 billion during the same period. Along with S&P 500, the company is also in the business of Industrials, Building Products & Equipment, among other usual products and services. Carrier Global continues to be a leading constituent of many major stock market indexes like S&P 500 index, and a few other larger indexes which are part of the stock market.

Nvidia

Nvidia Corporation, incorporated on February 24, 1998, focuses on personal computer (PC) graphics, graphics processing unit (GPU) and also on artificial intelligence (AI). The Company provides service to its customers ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Nvidia.
During the given months of the year 2020, Nvidia Corporation (NVDA) was successful in generating YTD returns of 120.84 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 Santa Clara, California-based Nvidia closed at a price of $235.3 per share, while it traded at a price of $519.64 per share as of Sep 15, 2020. The company's market cap changed from $144 billion to $320.62 billion during the same period YTD. It ranks as a key constituent of major indexes that include NASDAQ 100 index, Wilshire 5000 index, S&P 500 index, and several other broader level multi-cap market indicators. The company is classified under the Technology industry sector and further specialized as a Semiconductors sector business.

Advanced Micro Devices

Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD), incorporated on May 1, 1969, is a global semiconductor company. The Company is engaged in offering x86 microprocessors, as standalone devices or as incorporated into ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Advanced Micro Devices.
Rank number three in the coveted list is held by Advanced Micro Devices Inc (AMD) for being among the top performing stocks of 2020. Headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, the Technology sector company is categorized under the industrial sub-sector of Semiconductors. Since the start of the year 2020, stock of Advanced Micro Devices has so far gained 72.11 percentage, based on the previous year's closing price of $45.86 per share and year-to-date price of $78.93 per share. During the same period, the market capitalization of the company changed from $53.52 billion to $92.67 billion. The stock of Advanced Micro Devices continues to be a major constituent of many leading stock indexes which include NASDAQ 100 index, Wilshire 5000 index, S&P 500 index, and several other broader level multi-cap market indicators.

PayPal

PayPal Holdings, Inc., incorporated on January 30, 2015, is a technology platform and digital payments company that enables digital and mobile payments on behalf of consumers and merchants. The Companys ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of PayPal.
At number four in the list of top stocks stands PayPal (PYPL), which saw a change in its stock price from the level of $108.17 apiece during previous year December end to the price of $186.02 per share as of Sep 15, 2020. It translates to a change of 71.97 percentage. The San Jose, California-headquartered Finance sector company also saw its market value change from $127.01 billion to $218.26 billion. The Business Services specialist also managed to outperform some of the major stock market indexes of which it is a part of. They include the NASDAQ 100 index, Wilshire 5000 index, S&P 500 index, and a handful of other multi-capitalization indexes.

Amazon

Amazon.com, Inc., incorporated on May 28, 1996, offers a range of products and services through its Websites. The Company operates through three segments: North America, International and Amazon Web Services ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Amazon.
Amazon.com Inc (AMZN) has moved by 70.8 percentage over the given period of 2020-YTD, helping it gain a place at number five among the top performing stocks. The Consumer Services sector company managed to achieve the feat as its stock price changed from $1847.84 apiece to the price of $3156.13 per share between the end of December of the previous year and Sep 15, 2020. The smart run of the Seattle, Washington-based Catalog and Specialty Distribution sector company lead to a handsome gain in its marketcap which changed from $916.15 billion to $1581 billion over the same duration. Amazon is a key member of many popular stock market indexes. They include NASDAQ 100 index, Wilshire 5000 index, S&P 500 index, and several other broader level multi-cap market indicators.

ServiceNow

ServiceNow, Inc., incorporated on February 16, 2012, is provider of enterprise cloud computing solutions that define, structure, manage and automate services for global enterprises. The Company offers a set of ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of ServiceNow.
The California, CA-headquartered company ServiceNow, Inc. (NOW) is ranked number six among the best performing stocks of S&P 500 of 2020. The Technology sector business falls under the Computer Software-Prepackaged Software industrial sub-sector. Since the start of the year 2020, the stock price of ServiceNow has changed by 67.88 percent, which is calculated based on the previous year's closing price of $282.32 per share and year-to-date closing price of $473.96 per share as of writing. The market value of the company as indicated by its market-cap changed from $53.25 billion to $90.91 billion during the same period. Along with S&P 500, the company is also in the business of Technology, Computer Software-Prepackaged Software, Application Software, Software, Cloud Computing, Wilshire 5000, among other usual products and services. ServiceNow continues to be a leading constituent of many major stock market indexes like S&P 500 index, Wilshire 5000 index, and a few other larger indexes which are part of the stock market.

Rollins

Rollins, Inc., incorporated on February 24, 1948, is a service company, which operates in pest and termite control business segment. The Company, through its subsidiaries, provides its services to both ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Rollins.
During the given months of the year 2020, Rollins, Inc. (ROL) was successful in generating YTD returns of 65.2 percentage which helped it gain the number seven 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 Georgia, GA-based Rollins closed at a price of $33.16 per share, while it traded at a price of $54.78 per share as of Sep 15, 2020. The company's market cap changed from $10.86 billion to $17.96 billion during the same period YTD. It ranks as a key constituent of major indexes that include Wilshire 5000 index, S&P 500 index, and several other broader level multi-cap market indicators. The company is classified under the Finance industry sector and further specialized as a Diversified Commercial Services sector business.

ABIOMED

ABIOMED, Inc., incorporated on June 4, 1987, is a provider of temporary percutaneous mechanical circulatory support devices. The Company offers care to heart failure patients. The Company operates in the ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of ABIOMED.
Rank number eight in the coveted list is held by ABIOMED, Inc. (ABMD) for being among the top performing stocks of 2020. Headquartered in Massachusetts, MA, the Health Care sector company is categorized under the industrial sub-sector of Medical Dental Instruments. Since the start of the year 2020, stock of ABIOMED has so far gained 63.64 percentage, based on the previous year's closing price of $170.59 per share and year-to-date price of $279.16 per share. During the same period, the market capitalization of the company changed from $7.7 billion to $12.58 billion. The stock of ABIOMED continues to be a major constituent of many leading stock indexes which include Wilshire 5000 index, S&P 500 index, and several other broader level multi-cap market indicators.

L Brands

L Brands, Inc., incorporated on March 16, 1982, operates specialty retail business. The Company is focused on womens intimate and other apparel, personal care, beauty and home fragrance categories. The ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of L Brands.
At number nine in the list of top stocks stands L Brands Inc. (LB), which saw a change in its stock price from the level of $18.12 apiece during previous year December end to the price of $28.99 per share as of Sep 15, 2020. It translates to a change of 59.99 percentage. The Columbus, Ohio-headquartered Consumer Services sector company also saw its market value change from $5.01 billion to $8.06 billion. The Clothing Shoes and Accessory Stores 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, S&P 500 index, and a handful of other multi-capitalization indexes.

FedEx

FedEx Corporation (FedEx), incorporated on October 2, 1997, provides a portfolio of transportation, e-commerce and business services through companies competing collectively, operating independently and managed collaboratively, under the FedEx brand. ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of FedEx.
FedEx Corporation (FDX) has moved by 56.52 percentage over the given period of 2020-YTD, helping it gain a place at number ten among the top performing stocks. The Transportation sector company managed to achieve the feat as its stock price changed from $151.21 apiece to the price of $236.67 per share between the end of December of the previous year and Sep 15, 2020. The smart run of the Memphis, Tennessee-based Air Freight Delivery Services sector company lead to a handsome gain in its marketcap which changed from $39.48 billion to $63.95 billion over the same duration. FedEx is a key member of many popular stock market indexes. They include Wilshire 5000 index, S&P 500 index, and several other broader level multi-cap market indicators.
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