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Best Performing Small Cap Stocks of 2020

Updated Dec 31, 2020
Small cap stocks are those whose market capitalization value starts from the lower range of $300 million, and may reach the upper limit of $2 billion. Investors exploring investments and trading options in this market segment aim to look for promising businesses available at lower value at present, and may give high returns in future.
Consider the case of a small-sized technology company which is started by two young engineers, who develop a great app or software on their own, list their company on stock market, and in a few months their software product becomes a hit with mass adoption (for example, the surge of online Zoom meetings during the Covid-19 pandemic). Similarly, a small team of scientists working on finding cure for a disease may tomorrow become a big value company.
However, not all small cap companies turn successful, and hence investing in this space can be a high risk high reward game.
Among the available Small Cap stocks, which ones generated the top returns this year? Which of those figured among the winners in the long list of Small Cap stocks?
This article provides a list of Small Cap 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 Small Cap stocks between the end of the previous year and Dec 31, 2020, and the top 10 return generating Small Cap stocks are listed below.
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The following list presents stocks of the companies which belong to the broader Small Cap segment by market cap, their corresponding prices as of given date, and the percentage gains realized:
 1) Blink Charging Co. (BLNK) 2) Vaxart, Inc. (VXRT) 3) Riot Blockchain, Inc. (RIOT) 4) Trillium Therapeutics Inc. (TRIL) 5) Polymet Mining Corp. (PLM)
 6) AgEagle Aerial Systems, Inc. (UAVS) 7) Marathon Patent Group, Inc. (MARA) 8) Veritone, Inc. (VERI) 9) Oasis Petroleum Inc. (OAS) 10) Nautilus Group, Inc. (NLS)

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

Blink Charging Co.

Blink Charging Co. owns, operates, and provides electric vehicle (EV) charging equipment and networked EV charging services. The company offers residential and commercial EV charging equipment that enable EV dr ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Blink Charging Co..
The Hollywood, FL-headquartered company Blink Charging Co. (BLNK) is ranked number one among the best performing stocks of Small Cap of 2020. The Industrials sector business falls under the Consumer Cyclical industrial sub-sector. Since the start of the year 2020, the stock price of Blink Charging Co. has changed by 2198.39 percent, which is calculated based on the previous year's closing price of $1.86 per share and year-to-date closing price of $42.75 per share as of writing. The market value of the company as indicated by its market-cap changed from $48.95 million to $1.38 billion during the same period. Along with Small Cap, the company is also in the business of Industrials, Business Services, among other usual products and services.

Vaxart

Vaxart, Inc., a clinical-stage company, engages in the discovery and development of oral recombinant protein vaccines based on its proprietary oral vaccine platform. The company's product pipeline includes tablet vaccines that are designed to protect against norovirus, seasonal influenza, and respiratory syncytial virus. It is also developing therapeutic immune-oncology vaccines ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Vaxart.
During the given months of the year 2020, Vaxart, Inc. (VXRT) was successful in generating YTD returns of 1531.43 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 USA-based Vaxart closed at a price of $0.35 per share, while it traded at a price of $5.71 per share as of Dec 31, 2020. The company's market cap changed from $17.09 million to $583.58 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 Health Care industry sector and further specialized as a Healthcare sector business.

Riot Blockchain

Riot Blockchain, Inc. focuses on building, supporting, and operating blockchain technologies, primarily through its cryptocurrency mining operations and other developed businesses, as well as joint ventures, acquisitions, and targeted investments in the sector. Its primary focus is on Bitcoin and general blockchain technology. The company leverages its expertise and network ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Riot Blockchain.
Rank number three in the coveted list is held by Riot Blockchain, Inc. (RIOT) for being among the top performing stocks of 2020. Headquartered in USA, the Finance sector company is categorized under the industrial sub-sector of Technology. Since the start of the year 2020, stock of Riot Blockchain has so far gained 1416.96 percentage, based on the previous year's closing price of $1.12 per share and year-to-date price of $16.99 per share. During the same period, the market capitalization of the company changed from $27.78 million to $1.15 billion. The stock of Riot Blockchain 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.

Trillium Therapeutics

Trillium Therapeutics Inc., a clinical-stage immuno-oncology company, develops therapies for the treatment of cancer. The company's lead program is TTI-621, a SIRPaFc fusion protein that acts a soluble decoy receptor preventing CD47 from delivering its inhibitory signal, which is in Phase I clinical trial for advanced hematologic malignancies, and solid ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Trillium Therapeutics.
The Canada-based Health Care sector company Trillium Therapeutics Inc. (TRIL) holds the number four spot among the best performing stocks of the Small Cap sector. Classified as the Major Pharmaceuticals business, the stock price of Trillium Therapeutics ended the previous year at a price of $1.03 per share while it reached the level of $14.71 apiece as of Dec 31, 2020 translating to a percentage change in stock price of 1328.16%. As of writing, the company's market-cap value stands at $1.47 billion.

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.
Based on the market-cap change from $255.88 million to $336.41 million during the given months of the year 2020 and the share price change from $0.25 per share to a price of $3.41 per share as of Dec 31, 2020, Polymet Mining Corp. (PLM) was successful in generating YTD returns of 1264 percentage. Standing at the number five rank in the top performing list of Small Cap stocks, the Toronto, ON-based Polymet Mining is categorized as the Precious Metals sub-sector business which falls under the larger Basic Industries sector.

AgEagle Aerial Systems

AgEagle Aerial Systems, Inc. designs, develops, produces, distributes, and supports unmanned aerial vehicles for the precision agriculture industry. Its products include the AgEagle RX 60 and RX 40 Systems for day-to-day image acquisition for precision agriculture growers and agronomists. The company is headquartered in Neodesha, ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of AgEagle Aerial Systems.
At number six in the list of top stocks stands AgEagle Aerial Systems, Inc. (UAVS), which saw a change in its stock price from the level of $0.45 apiece during previous year December end to the price of $6 per share as of Dec 31, 2020. It translates to a change of 1233.33 percentage. The USA-headquartered Technology sector company also saw its market value change from $6.83 million to $347.88 million.

Marathon Patent

Marathon Patent Group, Inc., incorporated on February 23, 2010, is a patent acquisition, monetization and commercialization company. The Company acquires patents and patent rights from their owners ranging from individual ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Marathon Patent.
Marathon Patent Group, Inc. (MARA) has moved by 1086.36 percentage over the given period of 2020-YTD, helping it gain a place at number seven among the top performing stocks. The Miscellaneous sector company managed to achieve the feat as its stock price changed from $0.88 apiece to the price of $10.44 per share between the end of December of the previous year and Dec 31, 2020. The smart run of the Virginia, VA-based Multi-Sector Companies sector company lead to a handsome gain in its marketcap which changed from $6.92 million to $549.61 million over the same duration. Marathon Patent is a key member of many popular stock market indexes. They include Wilshire 5000 index, and several other broader level multi-cap market indicators.

Veritone

Veritone, Inc. provides artificial intelligence (AI) and computing solutions in the United States and the United Kingdom. It develops and operates aiWARE platform, an AI operating system that unlocks the power of cognitive computing to transform audio, video, and other unstructured data, as well as analyzes it in conjunction with ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Veritone.
Veritone (VERI) generated percentage returns of 1042.57 percent during the 2020 year-to-date. Its returns are based on the share price which moved from $2.49 per share from the previous year-end to the price of $28.45 per share as of Dec 31, 2020. The company's value, as indicated by the market-cap figure, changed from $61.28 million to $899.64 million during the same period.
The company is categorized as a Technology speciality business with further classification in the Technology sub-category. Based in USA, the YTD performance of the Small Cap 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.

Oasis Petroleum

Oasis Petroleum Inc., incorporated on February 25, 2010, is an independent exploration and production company. The Company is focused on the acquisition and development of unconventional oil and natural gas ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Oasis Petroleum.
The number nine spot in the list of top performing stocks of the Small Cap sector is taken by Oasis Petroleum Inc. (OAS). The company's stock price changed from $3.26 per share at the end of December of the previous year to the price of $37.06 per share as of writing. Overall, the stock managed to realized price change of 1036.81 percent during the given time period. The corresponding change in the market capitalization value of the Texas, TX-based Energy sector company was from $1.05 billion to $741.2 million. Being ranked in the top 10 best performing stocks of the Small Cap 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.

Nautilus

Nautilus, Inc., incorporated on September 22, 1992, is a consumer fitness products company. The Company operates through two segments: Direct and Retail. The Companys principal business activities include designing, developing, ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Nautilus.
The Washington, WA-based Nautilus Group, Inc. (NLS) belongs to the Consumer Non-Durables sector and is categorized as a Recreational Products and Toys company. The stock of Nautilus ended the previous year at a price of $1.75 per share. As of Dec 31, 2020, the stock price has reached $18.14 apiece, which indicates a change of 936.57 percent making the company rank among the top performing stocks of the Small Cap for the year 2020 till date. At the end of the last year, company's market capitalization stood at $52.03 million. It has now changed to $548.9 million as of writing. Nautilus 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.
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