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Best Performing Water Stocks of 2020

Updated Sep 15, 2020
Water, the transparent, taste-less, odor-less, and almost color-less substance available in Earth's atmosphere and various river-streams, lakes, and oceans, and the fluids of most living organisms, is the most vital requirement for sustaining all forms of life. Companies which operate in the water-related businesses are involved in the activities of water-purification, water-processing, water-treatment and water-cleansing, or they design, manufacture or market equipment for water pumping, water flow, valves, plumbing, submersible water systems, ground water processing, and water quality, reuse & drainage products.
Though some opine that making a business out of basic necessities of life may raise ethical concerns, there are hundreds of companies across the globe which are involved in water-related activities.
Among the various water sector companies whose stocks are listed on stock excchanges, which ones generated the top returns this year? Which of those figured among the winners in the long list of Water stocks?
This article provides a list of Water 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 Water stocks between the end of the previous year and Sep 15, 2020, and the top 10 return generating Water stocks are listed below.
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Top Water Stocks With Highest Returns

The following list presents stocks of the companies which belong to the broader Water sector or the stock market index, their corresponding prices as of given date, and the percentage gains realized:
 1) Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc. (WMS) 2) IDEXX Laboratories (IDXX) 3) Forterra, Inc. (FRTA) 4) Danaher Corp. (DHR) 5) Primo Water Corporation (PRMW)
 6) Agilent Technologies Inc (A) 7) American Water Works Company Inc (AWK) 8) Newater Technology, Inc. (NEWA) 9) Roper Technologies (ROP) 10) Aqua America, Inc. (WTR)
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Here's a look at the basic details and how the above mentioned stocks fared during the period:

Advanced Drainage

Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc., incorporated on October 31, 1966, is engaged in designing, manufacturing and marketing of thermoplastic corrugated pipe and related water management products, primarily in North and South ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Advanced Drainage.
The Ohio, OH-headquartered company Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc. (WMS) is ranked number one among the best performing stocks of Water of 2020. The Capital Goods sector business falls under the Containers and Packaging industrial sub-sector. Since the start of the year 2020, the stock price of Advanced Drainage has changed by 51.52 percent, which is calculated based on the previous year's closing price of $38.84 per share and year-to-date closing price of $58.85 per share as of writing. The market value of the company as indicated by its market-cap changed from $2.65 billion to $4.09 billion during the same period. Along with Water, the company is also in the business of Capital Goods, Containers and Packaging, Consumer Cyclical, Rubber & Plastics, Consumer Discretionary, Wilshire 5000, Russell 2000, among other usual products and services. Advanced Drainage continues to be a leading constituent of many major stock market indexes like Wilshire 5000 index, Russell 2000 index, and a few other larger indexes which are part of the stock market.

IDEXX Laboratories

IDEXX Laboratories, Inc., incorporated on December 19, 1983, develops, manufactures and distributes products and provides services primarily for the companion animal veterinary, livestock and poultry, dairy and water testing markets. ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of IDEXX Laboratories.
The Westbrook, Maine-based Health Care sector company IDEXX Laboratories (IDXX) holds the number two spot among the best performing stocks of the Water sector. Classified as the Biotech In Vitro In Vivo Diagnostics business, the stock price of IDEXX Laboratories ended the previous year at a price of $261.13 per share while it reached the level of $369.24 apiece as of Sep 15, 2020 translating to a percentage change in stock price of 41.4%. As of writing, the company's market-cap value stands at $31.41 billion. Few leading stock market index includes IDEXX Laboratories in their constituent list. They include NASDAQ 100 index, Wilshire 5000 index, S&P 500 index, and a few other larger indexes which are part of the stock market.

Forterra

Forterra, Inc. is a manufacturer of pipe and precast products. The Company offers products for a range of water-related infrastructure applications, including water transmission, distribution and drainage.The Company operates approximately ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Forterra.
During the given months of the year 2020, Forterra, Inc. (FRTA) was successful in generating YTD returns of 35.99 percentage which helped it gain the number three 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 Texas, TX-based Forterra closed at a price of $11.56 per share, while it traded at a price of $15.72 per share as of Sep 15, 2020. The company's market cap changed from $748.22 million to $1.03 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 Capital Goods industry sector and further specialized as a Building Materials sector business.

Danaher

Danaher Corporation (Danaher), incorporated on October 3, 1986, designs, manufactures and markets professional, medical, industrial and commercial products and services. As of December 31, 2016, the Companys research and development, ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Danaher.
The Washington, D.C.-based Danaher Corp. (DHR) belongs to the Capital Goods sector and is categorized as a Industrial Machinery and Components company. The stock of Danaher ended the previous year at a price of $153.48 per share. As of Sep 15, 2020, the stock price has reached $208.69 apiece, which indicates a change of 35.97 percent making the company rank among the top performing stocks of the Water for the year 2020 till date. At the end of the last year, company's market capitalization stood at $106.72 billion. It has now changed to $148.05 billion as of writing. Danaher continues to be a leading constituent of many major stock market indexes like Wilshire 5000 index, S&P 500 index, and several other broader level multi-cap market indicators.

Primo Water

Primo Water Corporation (Primo), incorporated on October 20, 2004, is a provider of multi-gallon purified bottled water, self-service refill water and water dispensers. The Companys products are sold through various ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Primo Water.
Rank number five in the coveted list is held by Primo Water Corporation (PRMW) for being among the top performing stocks of 2020. Headquartered in North Carolina, NC, the Consumer Non-Durables sector company is categorized under the industrial sub-sector of Food Distributors. Since the start of the year 2020, stock of Primo Water has so far gained 29.12 percentage, based on the previous year's closing price of $11.23 per share and year-to-date price of $14.5 per share. During the same period, the market capitalization of the company changed from $440.42 million to $2.33 billion. The stock of Primo Water continues to be a major constituent of many leading stock indexes which include Wilshire 5000 index, Russell 2000 index, and several other broader level multi-cap market indicators.

Agilent

Agilent Technologies, Inc., incorporated on May 4, 1999, provides application focused solutions that include instruments, software, services and consumables for the entire laboratory workflow. The Company serves the life sciences, ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Agilent.
Based on the market-cap change from $26.46 billion to $30.95 billion during the given months of the year 2020 and the share price change from $85.31 per share to a price of $100.37 per share as of Sep 15, 2020, Agilent Technologies Inc (A) was successful in generating YTD returns of 17.65 percentage. Standing at the number six rank in the top performing list of Water stocks, the Santa Clara, California-based Agilent is categorized as the Biotech-Laboratory Analytical Instruments sub-sector business which falls under the larger Capital Goods 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, S&P 500 index, and a few more broader-level indexes that are actively tracked in the market.

American Water Works

American Water Works Company, Inc., incorporated on August 28, 1936, is a holding company for regulated and market-based subsidiaries throughout the United States and Ontario, Canada. The Companys Regulated Businesses ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of American Water Works.
At number seven in the list of top stocks stands American Water Works Company Inc (AWK), which saw a change in its stock price from the level of $122.85 apiece during previous year December end to the price of $143.59 per share as of Sep 15, 2020. It translates to a change of 16.88 percentage. The Voorhees, New Jersey-headquartered Public Utilities sector company also saw its market value change from $22.21 billion to $26.02 billion. The Water Supply 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, S&P 500 index, and a handful of other multi-capitalization indexes.

Newater Technology

Newater Technology, Inc. operates as a wastewater purification treatment company in the People's Republic of China. The company focuses on the development, manufacture, and sale of disk tube reverse osmosis and ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Newater Technology.
Newater Technology, Inc. (NEWA) has moved by 16.45 percentage over the given period of 2020-YTD, helping it gain a place at number eight among the top performing stocks. The Industrials sector company managed to achieve the feat as its stock price changed from $3.1 apiece to the price of $3.61 per share between the end of December of the previous year and Sep 15, 2020. The smart run of the Yantai, -based Industrials sector company lead to a handsome gain in its marketcap which changed from $33.51 million to $39.02 million over the same duration.

Roper

Roper Technologies, Inc., incorporated on December 17, 1981, is a technology company. The Company operates businesses that design and develop software and engineered products and solutions for various end markets, ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Roper.
Roper (ROP) generated percentage returns of 14.02 percent during the 2020 year-to-date. Its returns are based on the share price which moved from $354.23 per share from the previous year-end to the price of $403.89 per share as of Sep 15, 2020. The company's value, as indicated by the market-cap figure, changed from $36.86 billion to $42.29 billion during the same period.
The company is categorized as a Capital Goods speciality business with further classification in the Industrial Machinery and Components sub-category. Based in Sarasota, Florida, the YTD performance of the Water 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, S&P 500 index, and a few other wider multi-cap stock market indexes.

Aqua America

Aqua America, Inc. (Aqua America), incorporated on November 14, 1968, is a holding company. The Company, through its subsidiaries, is engaged in providing water or wastewater services concentrated in Pennsylvania, ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Aqua America.
The number ten spot in the list of top performing stocks of the Water sector is taken by Aqua America, Inc. (WTR). The company's stock price changed from $46.94 per share at the end of December of the previous year to the price of $51.94 per share as of writing. Overall, the stock managed to realized price change of 10.65 percent during the given time period. The corresponding change in the market capitalization value of the Pennsylvania, PA-based Public Utilities sector company was from $10.13 billion to $11.21 billion. Being ranked in the top 10 best performing stocks of the Water 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.
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