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Best Performing Software Stocks of 2021

Updated Apr 1, 2021
It is impossible to imagine the world without computers, mobiles and other handheld gadgets that make life easier for us. What makes these accessories tick? Its the software that helps them keep running. In essence, software can be defined as a piece of instructions programmed into a device which makes it automatically do the expected. For instance, double-clicking on an icon in Windows will open up that application (like MS Word), or a tap on 'Ride Now' button in Uber or Lyft app will book the nearest available cab for you. While the user conveniently clicks or taps the buttons in their computer or mobile app, what goes on automatically in the background conducts the desired action. Its the software that automatically searches for and books the nearest available cab, sends necessary instructions to the cab-driver to pickup the passenger(s), or display a suitable error message with option to re-try the booking in case there are no cabs available for booking at the moment. Hundreds of companies across the globe are working on writing software programs which are the lifeline of various systems, applications and gadgets used by worldwide population.
Among the big basket of Software stocks, which ones generated the top returns this year? Which of those figured among the winners in the long list of Software stocks?
This article provides a list of Software stocks which have generated the highest returns in the year 2021 so far. till date of writing. The list is prepared based on the percentage returns generated by the individual Software stocks between the end of the previous year and Apr 1, 2021, and the top 10 return generating Software stocks are listed below.

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Top Software Stocks With Highest Returns

The following list presents stocks of the companies which belong to the broader Software sector or the stock market index, their corresponding prices as of given date, and the percentage gains realized:
 1) 3D Systems Corporation (DDD) 2) Xunlei Limited (XNET) 3) Zedge, Inc. (ZDGE) 4) MicroStrategy Incorporated (MSTR) 5) Talend S.A. (TLND)
 6) ChannelAdvisor Corporation (ECOM) 7) Inspired Entertainment, Inc. (INSE) 8) Avid Technology, Inc. (AVID) 9) Box, Inc. (BOX) 10) Rackspace Technology, Inc. (RXT)
There's more... See price performance, YTD-gains, market-cap and other details of all the 117 Software stocks with sorting features in a tabular format. Alternatively, one can also explore the List of Top Software ETFs.

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Performance of Top Software Stocks

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

3D

3D Systems Corporation, incorporated on May 14, 1993, is a holding company. The Company provides three-dimensional (3D) printing solutions, including 3D printers, print materials, software, on demand manufacturing services and ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of 3D.
Based on the market-cap change from $1.3 billion to $3.36 billion during the given months of the year 2021 and the share price change from $10.48 per share to a price of $27.05 per share as of Apr 1, 2021, 3D Systems Corporation (DDD) was successful in generating YTD returns of 158.11 percentage. Standing at the number one rank in the top performing list of Software stocks, the South Carolina, SC-based 3D is categorized as the Computer Software-Prepackaged Software sub-sector business which falls under the larger Technology 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.

Xunlei

Xunlei Limited (Xunlei), incorporated on February 3, 2005, is a cloud-based acceleration technology company. The Company operates an Internet platform in China based on cloud computing to enable users to ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Xunlei.
The China-based Xunlei Limited (XNET) belongs to the Technology sector and is categorized as a Computer Software-Prepackaged Software company. The stock of Xunlei ended the previous year at a price of $2.89 per share. As of Apr 1, 2021, the stock price has reached $6.65 apiece, which indicates a change of 130.1 percent making the company rank among the top performing stocks of the Software for the year 2021 till date. At the end of the last year, company's market capitalization stood at $193.28 million. It has now changed to $444.76 million as of writing.

Zedge

Zedge, Inc., incorporated on August 18, 2008, is a provider of content distribution platforms, centered on self-expression, enabling both creators looking to promote their content and consumers utilizing such content ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Zedge.
The New York, NY-headquartered company Zedge, Inc. (ZDGE) is ranked number three among the best performing stocks of Software of 2021. The Technology sector business falls under the Computer Software-Prepackaged Software industrial sub-sector. Since the start of the year 2021, the stock price of Zedge has changed by 103.48 percent, which is calculated based on the previous year's closing price of $6.04 per share and year-to-date closing price of $12.29 per share as of writing. The market value of the company as indicated by its market-cap changed from $75.64 million to $166.31 million during the same period. Along with Software, the company is also in the business of Technology, Computer Software-Prepackaged Software, Application Software, Wilshire 5000, among other usual products and services. Zedge 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.

MicroStrategy

MicroStrategy Incorporated, incorporated on November 17, 1989, is a provider of enterprise software platforms around the world. The Company is engaged in the design, development, marketing and sales of its ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of MicroStrategy.
During the given months of the year 2021, MicroStrategy Incorporated (MSTR) was successful in generating YTD returns of 81.07 percentage which helped it gain the number four 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 Virginia, VA-based MicroStrategy closed at a price of $388.55 per share, while it traded at a price of $703.56 per share as of Apr 1, 2021. The company's market cap changed from $3.6 billion to $6.75 billion 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 Technology industry sector and further specialized as a Computer Software-Prepackaged Software sector business.

Talend

Talend SA is a provider of open source integration solutions for data-oriented companies and integration platform under Apache Spark. The Companys platform enables users to connect data and applications on-premise ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Talend.
Rank number five in the coveted list is held by Talend S.A. (TLND) for being among the top performing stocks of 2021. Headquartered in France, the Technology sector company is categorized under the industrial sub-sector of Computer Software-Prepackaged Software. Since the start of the year 2021, stock of Talend has so far gained 66.77 percentage, based on the previous year's closing price of $38.34 per share and year-to-date price of $63.94 per share. During the same period, the market capitalization of the company changed from $1.22 billion to $2.07 billion.

ChannelAdvisor

Channeladvisor Corporation is a provider of Software as a service (SaaS) solutions. The Companys SaaS solutions enable retailer and branded manufacturer customers to integrate, manage and optimize their merchandise sales ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of ChannelAdvisor.
At number six in the list of top stocks stands ChannelAdvisor Corporation (ECOM), which saw a change in its stock price from the level of $15.98 apiece during previous year December end to the price of $24.45 per share as of Apr 1, 2021. It translates to a change of 53 percentage. The North Carolina, NC-headquartered Technology sector company also saw its market value change from $463.42 million to $726.55 million. The Computer Software-Prepackaged Software 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.

Inspired Entertainment

Inspired Entertainment, Inc., formerly Hydra Industries Acquisition Corp., incorporated on May 30, 2014, is a global games technology company. The Company is engaged in developing and operating digital games and ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Inspired Entertainment.
Inspired Entertainment, Inc. (INSE) has moved by 44.83 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 $6.58 apiece to the price of $9.53 per share between the end of December of the previous year and Apr 1, 2021. The smart run of the New York, NY-based Computer Software-Prepackaged Software sector company lead to a handsome gain in its marketcap which changed from $151.53 million to $221.27 million over the same duration. Inspired Entertainment is a key member of many popular stock market indexes. They include Wilshire 5000 index, and several other broader level multi-cap market indicators.

Avid Technology

Avid Technology, Inc., incorporated on October 4, 1987, provides an open and integrated technology platform, along with applications and services that enable the creation, distribution and monetization of audio and ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Avid Technology.
The Massachusetts, MA-based Technology sector company Avid Technology, Inc. (AVID) holds the number eight spot among the best performing stocks of the Software sector. Classified as the Computer Software-Prepackaged Software business, the stock price of Avid Technology ended the previous year at a price of $15.87 per share while it reached the level of $21.64 apiece as of Apr 1, 2021 translating to a percentage change in stock price of 36.36%. As of writing, the company's market-cap value stands at $962.77 million. Few leading stock market index includes Avid Technology 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.

Box

Box, Inc. provides cloud content management platform that enables organizations of various sizes to manage and share their enterprise content from anywhere or any device. The company's Software-as-a-S ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Box.
The number nine spot in the list of top performing stocks of the Software sector is taken by Box, Inc. (BOX). The company's stock price changed from $18.05 per share at the end of December of the previous year to the price of $23.99 per share as of writing. Overall, the stock managed to realized price change of 32.91 percent during the given time period. The corresponding change in the market capitalization value of the California, CA-based Technology sector company was from $2.86 billion to $3.84 billion. Being ranked in the top 10 best performing stocks of the Software 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.

Rackspace Technology, Inc.

Rackspace Technology, Inc. operates as a multi cloud technology services company worldwide. It operates through Multicloud Services and Apps & ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Rackspace Technology, Inc..
Rackspace Technology, Inc. (RXT) generated percentage returns of 31.16 percent during the 2021 year-to-date. Its returns are based on the share price which moved from $19.06 per share from the previous year-end to the price of $25 per share as of Apr 1, 2021. The company's value, as indicated by the market-cap figure, changed from $3.82 billion to $5.14 billion during the same period.
The company is categorized as a Technology speciality business with further classification in the Software Infrastructure sub-category. Based in San Antonio, United States, the YTD performance of the Software sector also fared better than that of the returns generated by some of the closley tracked stock market indexes.
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