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Best Performing Small Cap Stocks of 2021

Updated Apr 1, 2021
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 Apr 1, 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) Extraction Oil and Gas, Inc. (XOG) 2) Takung Art Co., Ltd. (TKAT) 3) Aemetis, Inc (AMTX) 4) The9 Limited (NCTY) 5) TransEnterix, Inc. (TRXC)
 6) Zomedica Pharmaceuticals Corp. (ZOM) 7) Kopin Corporation (KOPN) 8) Aclaris Therapeutics, Inc. (ACRS) 9) Pandion Therapeutics, Inc. (PAND) 10) Castor Maritime Inc. (CTRM)

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

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.
The Colorado, CO-headquartered company Extraction Oil and Gas, Inc. (XOG) 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 Extraction Oil and Gas has changed by 13219.78 percent, which is calculated based on the previous year's closing price of $0.27 per share and year-to-date closing price of $36.03 per share as of writing. The market value of the company as indicated by its market-cap changed from $37.37 million to $925.74 million 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, Wilshire 5000, among other usual products and services. Extraction Oil and Gas 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.

Takung Art Co.

Takung Art Co., Ltd., through its subsidiaries, operates an electronic online platform for artists, art dealers, and art investors to offer and trade in valuable artwork primarily in the People's Republic of Ch ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Takung Art Co..
During the given months of the year 2021, Takung Art Co., Ltd. (TKAT) was successful in generating YTD returns of 2163.51 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 Central, -based Takung Art Co. closed at a price of $1.48 per share, while it traded at a price of $33.5 per share as of Apr 1, 2021. The company's market cap changed from $16.68 million to $377.59 million during the same period YTD. The company is classified under the Consumer Cyclical industry sector and further specialized as a Consumer Cyclical sector business.

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.
Rank number three in the coveted list is held by Aemetis, Inc (AMTX) for being among the top performing stocks of 2021. Headquartered in California, CA, the Basic Industries sector company is categorized under the industrial sub-sector of Major Chemicals. Since the start of the year 2021, stock of Aemetis has so far gained 950.2 percentage, based on the previous year's closing price of $2.49 per share and year-to-date price of $26.15 per share. During the same period, the market capitalization of the company changed from $54.32 million to $708.64 million. The stock of Aemetis 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.

The9

The9 Limited (The9), formerly GameNow.net Limited, incorporated on December 22, 1999, is a holding company, which is an online game developer and operator. The Company operates in developing and operating ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of The9.
The China-based Miscellaneous sector company The9 Limited (NCTY) holds the number four spot among the best performing stocks of the Small Cap sector. Classified as the Business Services business, the stock price of The9 ended the previous year at a price of $3.54 per share while it reached the level of $34 apiece as of Apr 1, 2021 translating to a percentage change in stock price of 860.45%. As of writing, the company's market-cap value stands at $401.16 million.

TransEnterix

TransEnterix, Inc., incorporated in August 19, 1988, is a medical device company. The Company is focused on the development and commercialization of ALF-X Surgical Robotic System (the ALF-X System), a ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of TransEnterix.
Based on the market-cap change from $62.44 million to $916.88 million during the given months of the year 2021 and the share price change from $0.63 per share to a price of $4.08 per share as of Apr 1, 2021, TransEnterix, Inc. (TRXC) was successful in generating YTD returns of 552.8 percentage. Standing at the number five rank in the top performing list of Small Cap stocks, the North Carolina, NC-based TransEnterix is categorized as the Medical Dental Instruments sub-sector business which falls under the larger Health Care 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, and a few more broader-level indexes that are actively tracked in the market.

Zomedica Pharmaceuticals

Zomedica Pharmaceuticals Corp., a development stage veterinary diagnostic and pharmaceutical company, engages in the discovery, development, and commercialization of pharmaceuticals for the companion pet. The company's lead drug product candidate is ZM-012, a tablet formulation of metronidazole targeting the treatment of acute diarrhea in dogs. It is also developing ZM-007, ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Zomedica Pharmaceuticals.
At number six in the list of top stocks stands Zomedica Pharmaceuticals Corp. (ZOM), which saw a change in its stock price from the level of $0.23 apiece during previous year December end to the price of $1.46 per share as of Apr 1, 2021. It translates to a change of 533.13 percentage. The USA-headquartered Health Care sector company also saw its market value change from $130.07 million to $1.42 billion.

Kopin

Kopin Corporation, incorporated on April 23, 1984, is an inventor, developer, manufacturer and seller of Wearable technologies, which include components and systems. The Companys segments are Forth Dimension Displays Ltd. ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Kopin.
Kopin Corporation (KOPN) has moved by 327.98 percentage over the given period of 2021-YTD, helping it gain a place at number seven among the top performing stocks. The Technology sector company managed to achieve the feat as its stock price changed from $2.43 apiece to the price of $10.4 per share between the end of December of the previous year and Apr 1, 2021. The smart run of the Massachusetts, MA-based Semiconductors sector company lead to a handsome gain in its marketcap which changed from $206.68 million to $949.36 million over the same duration. Kopin is a key member of many popular stock market indexes. They include Wilshire 5000 index, and several other broader level multi-cap market indicators.

Aclaris Therapeutics

Aclaris Therapeutics, Inc., incorporated on July 13, 2012, is a clinical-stage specialty pharmaceutical company. The Company is focused on identifying, developing and commercializing differentiated drugs for the treatment of dermatological ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Aclaris Therapeutics.
Aclaris Therapeutics (ACRS) generated percentage returns of 309.58 percent during the 2021 year-to-date. Its returns are based on the share price which moved from $6.47 per share from the previous year-end to the price of $26.5 per share as of Apr 1, 2021. The company's value, as indicated by the market-cap figure, changed from $277.69 million to $1.37 billion during the same period.
The company is categorized as a Health Care speciality business with further classification in the Major Pharmaceuticals sub-category. Based in Pennsylvania, PA, 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.

Pandion Therapeutics

Pandion Therapeutics, Inc., a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company, focuses on developing various therapeutics to address the unmet needs of patients ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Pandion Therapeutics.
The number nine spot in the list of top performing stocks of the Small Cap sector is taken by Pandion Therapeutics, Inc. (PAND). The company's stock price changed from $14.85 per share at the end of December of the previous year to the price of $60.05 per share as of writing. Overall, the stock managed to realized price change of 304.38 percent during the given time period. The corresponding change in the market capitalization value of the Watertown, Massachusetts-based Healthcare sector company was from $438.37 million to $1.77 billion. 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.

Castor Maritime

Castor Maritime Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in ocean transportation of dry bulk cargoes worldwide. It provides seaborne transportation services for ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Castor Maritime.
The Limassol, Cyprus-based Castor Maritime Inc. (CTRM) belongs to the Industrials sector and is categorized as a Marine Shipping company. The stock of Castor Maritime ended the previous year at a price of $0.19 per share. As of Apr 1, 2021, the stock price has reached $0.74 apiece, which indicates a change of 298.92 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 $24.27 million. It has now changed to $521.88 million as of writing.
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