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Updated Jun 18, 2021

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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 2021 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 Jun 18, 2021, 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) Gulfport Energy Corporation (GPOR) 2) Extraction Oil and Gas, Inc. (XOG) 3) Noble Corporation (NE) 4) KemPharm, Inc. (KMPH) 5) Annovis Bio, Inc. (ANVS)
 6) Vertex Energy, Inc (VTNR) 7) Torchlight Energy Resources, Inc. (TRCH) 8) Aemetis, Inc (AMTX) 9) Atossa Genetics Inc. (ATOS) 10) TrustCo Bank Corp NY (TRST)

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

Gulfport Energy

Gulfport Energy Corporation, incorporated on June 20, 1997, is an oil and natural gas exploration and production company. The Company focuses on the exploitation and acquisition of natural gas, natural ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Gulfport Energy.
The Oklahoma, OK-headquartered company Gulfport Energy Corporation (GPOR) is ranked number one among the best performing stocks of Small Cap of 2021. The Energy sector business falls under the Oil & Gas E&P industrial sub-sector. Since the start of the year 2021, the stock price of Gulfport Energy has changed by 45322.99 percent, which is calculated based on the previous year's closing price of $0.14 per share and year-to-date closing price of $62.82 per share as of writing. The market value of the company as indicated by its market-cap changed from $22.23 million to $1.25 billion during the same period. Along with Small Cap, the company is also in the business of Energy, Oil and Gas Production, Oil & Gas E&P, Oil, Russell 2000, Wilshire 5000, among other usual products and services. Gulfport Energy 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.

Extraction Oil and Gas

Extraction Oil & Gas, Inc., an independent oil and gas company, focuses on the acquisition, development, and production of oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquid reserves in the Rocky Mountain regio ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Extraction Oil and Gas.
During the given months of the year 2021, Extraction Oil and Gas, Inc. (XOG) was successful in generating YTD returns of 20121.81 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 Colorado, CO-based Extraction Oil and Gas closed at a price of $0.27 per share, while it traded at a price of $54.7 per share as of Jun 18, 2021. The company's market cap changed from $37.37 million to $1.41 billion during the same period YTD. It ranks as a key constituent of major indexes that include Wilshire 5000 index, and several other broader level multi-cap market indicators. The company is classified under the Energy industry sector and further specialized as a Oil & Gas E&P sector business.

Noble

Noble Corporation plc operates as an offshore drilling contractor for the oil and gas industry worldwide. It provides contract drilling services using mobile offshore drilling units. As of December 31 ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Noble.
Rank number three in the coveted list is held by Noble Corporation (NE) for being among the top performing stocks of 2021. Headquartered in Switzerland, the Energy sector company is categorized under the industrial sub-sector of Oil and Gas Production. Since the start of the year 2021, stock of Noble has so far gained 11529.27 percentage, based on the previous year's closing price of $0.21 per share and year-to-date price of $23.84 per share. During the same period, the market capitalization of the company changed from $51.45 million to $1.43 billion. The stock of Noble 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.

KemPharm

KemPharm, Inc., incorporated on May 28, 2014, is a clinical-stage specialty pharmaceutical company. The Company is engaged in the discovery and development of prodrugs. The Company uses its Ligand Activated ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of KemPharm.
The Iowa, IA-based Healthcare sector company KemPharm, Inc. (KMPH) 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 KemPharm ended the previous year at a price of $0.72 per share while it reached the level of $13.93 apiece as of Jun 18, 2021 translating to a percentage change in stock price of 1834.72%. As of writing, the company's market-cap value stands at $397.11 million. Few leading stock market index includes KemPharm in their constituent list. They include Wilshire 5000 index, and a few other larger indexes which are part of the stock market.

Annovis Bio

Annovis Bio, Inc., a clinical stage drug platform company, focuses on developing compounds to address neurodegeneration. The company's lead compound is ANVS-401, which is in Phase 2a clinical trials for the treatment of chronic neurodegenerative diseases, such as Down syndrome, Alzheimer's disease (AD), and Parkinson's disease. It is also developing ANVS-301, a compound in Phase 1 clinical trials to in ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Annovis Bio.
Based on the market-cap change from $51.96 million to $649.22 million during the given months of the year 2021 and the share price change from $7.54 per share to a price of $93.45 per share as of Jun 18, 2021, Annovis Bio, Inc. (ANVS) was successful in generating YTD returns of 1139.39 percentage. Standing at the number five rank in the top performing list of Small Cap stocks, the Berwyn, PA-based Annovis Bio is categorized as the Biotechnology sub-sector business which falls under the larger Healthcare sector.

Vertex Energy

Vertex Energy, Inc., incorporated on May 14, 2008, is an environmental services company that recycles industrial waste streams and off-specification commercial chemical products. The Company focuses on recycling used motor ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Vertex Energy.
At number six in the list of top stocks stands Vertex Energy, Inc (VTNR), which saw a change in its stock price from the level of $0.71 apiece during previous year December end to the price of $7.44 per share as of Jun 18, 2021. It translates to a change of 945.24 percentage. The Texas, TX-headquartered Energy sector company also saw its market value change from $32.43 million to $404.73 million. The Integrated oil Companies 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.

Torchlight Energy Resources

Torchlight Energy Resources, Inc. (Torchlight), incorporated on October 30, 2007, is engaged in the acquisition, exploration, exploitation, and/or development of oil and natural gas properties in the United States. The ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Torchlight Energy Resources.
Torchlight Energy Resources, Inc. (TRCH) has moved by 795.71 percentage over the given period of 2021-YTD, helping it gain a place at number seven among the top performing stocks. The Energy sector company managed to achieve the feat as its stock price changed from $0.7 apiece to the price of $6.27 per share between the end of December of the previous year and Jun 18, 2021. The smart run of the Texas, TX-based Oil & Gas E&P sector company lead to a handsome gain in its marketcap which changed from $69.75 million to $912.69 million over the same duration. Torchlight Energy Resources is a key member of many popular stock market indexes. They include Wilshire 5000 index, and several other broader level multi-cap market indicators.

Aemetis

Aemetis, Inc., incorporated on October 24, 2006, is an international renewable fuels and biochemicals company. The Company is focused on the production of fuels and chemicals through the acquisition, development ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Aemetis.
Aemetis (AMTX) generated percentage returns of 474.7 percent during the 2021 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 $14.31 per share as of Jun 18, 2021. The company's value, as indicated by the market-cap figure, changed from $54.32 million to $449.54 million 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 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, and a few other wider multi-cap stock market indexes.

Atossa Genetics

Atossa Genetics Inc., incorporated on April 30, 2009, is a clinical-stage pharmaceutical company focused on the development of therapeutics and delivery methods for the treatment of breast cancer and other ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Atossa Genetics.
The number nine spot in the list of top performing stocks of the Small Cap sector is taken by Atossa Genetics Inc. (ATOS). The company's stock price changed from $0.95 per share at the end of December of the previous year to the price of $5.35 per share as of writing. Overall, the stock managed to realized price change of 463.16 percent during the given time period. The corresponding change in the market capitalization value of the Washington, WA-based Healthcare sector company was from $37.11 million to $646.41 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.

TrustCo Bank NY

TrustCo Bank Corp NY operates as the holding company for Trustco Bank that provides personal and business banking services to individuals, partnerships, and corporations. The company is primarily invo ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of TrustCo Bank NY.
The New York, NY-based TrustCo Bank Corp NY (TRST) belongs to the Finance sector and is categorized as a Major Banks company. The stock of TrustCo Bank NY ended the previous year at a price of $6.67 per share. As of Jun 18, 2021, the stock price has reached $34.26 apiece, which indicates a change of 413.64 percent making the company rank among the top performing stocks of the Small Cap for the year 2021 till date. At the end of the last year, company's market capitalization stood at $643.21 million. It has now changed to $660.63 million as of writing. TrustCo Bank NY continues to be a leading constituent of many major stock market indexes like Wilshire 5000 index, and several other broader level multi-cap market indicators.
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