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Best Performing Software Stocks of 2020

Updated Dec 31, 2020
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 2020 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 Dec 31, 2020, 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) C3.ai, Inc. (AI) 2) Zedge, Inc. (ZDGE) 3) CounterPath Corporation (CPAH) 4) Square, Inc. (SQ) 5) Twilio Inc. (TWLO)
 6) Qumu Corporation (QUMU) 7) Materialise NV (MTLS) 8) Shopify Inc. (SHOP) 9) MicroStrategy Incorporated (MSTR) 10) BlackLine, Inc. (BL)
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:

C3.ai

C3.ai, Inc. operates as an enterprise artificial intelligence (AI) software company. The company provides software-as-a-service applications for enterprises. Its software solutions include C3 AI Suite ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of C3.ai.
Based on the market-cap change from $204.73 million to $13.3 billion during the given months of the year 2020 and the share price change from $5.57 per share to a price of $138.75 per share as of Dec 31, 2020, C3.ai, Inc. (AI) was successful in generating YTD returns of 2391.02 percentage. Standing at the number one rank in the top performing list of Software stocks, the Redwood City, CA-based C3.ai is categorized as the Information Technology Services 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 Russell 2000 index, and a few more broader-level indexes that are actively tracked in the market.

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-based Zedge, Inc. (ZDGE) belongs to the Technology sector and is categorized as a Computer Software-Prepackaged Software company. The stock of Zedge ended the previous year at a price of $1.54 per share. As of Dec 31, 2020, the stock price has reached $6.04 apiece, which indicates a change of 292.21 percent making the company rank among the top performing stocks of the Software for the year 2020 till date. At the end of the last year, company's market capitalization stood at $16.01 million. It has now changed to $75.64 million as of writing. Zedge 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.

CounterPath

CounterPath Corporation (CounterPath), incorporated on April 18, 2003, designs, develops and sells software and services that enable enterprises and telecommunication service providers to deliver unified communications (UC) services, including voice, ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of CounterPath.
The Canada-headquartered company CounterPath Corporation (CPAH) is ranked number three among the best performing stocks of Software 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 CounterPath has changed by 262.77 percent, which is calculated based on the previous year's closing price of $0.94 per share and year-to-date closing price of $3.41 per share as of writing. The market value of the company as indicated by its market-cap changed from $5.63 million to $21.96 million during the same period. Along with Software, the company is also in the business of Technology, Computer Software-Prepackaged Software, Application Software, among other usual products and services.

Square

Square, Inc. provides payment and point-of-sale solutions in the United States and internationally. The company's commerce ecosystem includes point-of-sale software and hardware that enables sellers t ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Square.
During the given months of the year 2020, Square, Inc. (SQ) was successful in generating YTD returns of 247.89 percentage which helped it gain the number four 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 California, CA-based Square closed at a price of $62.56 per share, while it traded at a price of $217.64 per share as of Dec 31, 2020. The company's market cap changed from $26.88 billion to $98.14 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 Technology industry sector and further specialized as a Computer Software-Prepackaged Software sector business.

Twilio

Twilio Inc., incorporated on March 13, 2008, offers Cloud Communications Platform, which enables developers to build, scale and operate real-time communications within software applications. The Companys platform consists of Programmable ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Twilio.
Rank number five in the coveted list is held by Twilio Inc. (TWLO) for being among the top performing stocks of 2020. Headquartered in California, CA, the Technology sector company is categorized under the industrial sub-sector of Computer Software-Prepackaged Software. Since the start of the year 2020, stock of Twilio has so far gained 244.42 percentage, based on the previous year's closing price of $98.28 per share and year-to-date price of $338.5 per share. During the same period, the market capitalization of the company changed from $13.48 billion to $54.32 billion. The stock of Twilio 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.

Qumu

Qumu Corporation (Qumu), incorporated on February 10, 1987, is an enterprise video content management software company. The Company is engaged in providing tools businesses need to create, manage, secure, deliver ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Qumu.
At number six in the list of top stocks stands Qumu Corporation (QUMU), which saw a change in its stock price from the level of $2.61 apiece during previous year December end to the price of $7.99 per share as of Dec 31, 2020. It translates to a change of 206.13 percentage. The Minnesota, MN-headquartered Technology sector company also saw its market value change from $35.39 million to $109.57 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, and a handful of other multi-capitalization indexes.

Materialise NV

Materialise NV is a Belgium-based company engaged in the field of additive manufacturing, known as three dimensional (3D) printing. The Company specializes in 3D printing software and services for various ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Materialise NV.
Materialise NV (MTLS) has moved by 196.07 percentage over the given period of 2020-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 $18.31 apiece to the price of $54.21 per share between the end of December of the previous year and Dec 31, 2020. The smart run of the Belgium-based Computer Software-Prepackaged Software sector company lead to a handsome gain in its marketcap which changed from $968.43 million to $2.93 billion over the same duration.

Shopify

Shopify Inc. (Shopify) provides a cloud-based, multi-channel commerce platform designed for small and medium-sized businesses. The Company offers subscription solutions and merchant solutions. The Companys software is used by merchants ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Shopify.
The Canada-based Technology sector company Shopify Inc. (SHOP) 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 Shopify ended the previous year at a price of $397.58 per share while it reached the level of $1131.95 apiece as of Dec 31, 2020 translating to a percentage change in stock price of 184.71%. As of writing, the company's market-cap value stands at $137.18 billion.

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.
The number nine spot in the list of top performing stocks of the Software sector is taken by MicroStrategy Incorporated (MSTR). The company's stock price changed from $142.63 per share at the end of December of the previous year to the price of $388.55 per share as of writing. Overall, the stock managed to realized price change of 172.42 percent during the given time period. The corresponding change in the market capitalization value of the Virginia, VA-based Technology sector company was from $1.46 billion to $3.6 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.

BlackLine

BlackLine, Inc., incorporated on August 5, 2013, is a holding company. The Company provides cloud-based software platform that is designed to automate and streamline accounting and finance operations. The Companys ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of BlackLine.
BlackLine (BL) generated percentage returns of 158.69 percent during the 2020 year-to-date. Its returns are based on the share price which moved from $51.56 per share from the previous year-end to the price of $133.38 per share as of Dec 31, 2020. The company's value, as indicated by the market-cap figure, changed from $2.87 billion to $7.64 billion during the same period.
The company is categorized as a Technology speciality business with further classification in the Software sub-category. Based in California, CA, 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. The company is a part of Wilshire 5000 index, Russell 2000 index, and a few other wider multi-cap stock market indexes.
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