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Best Performing Water Stocks of 2020

Updated Dec 31, 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 Dec 31, 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) Badger Meter, Inc. (BMI) 5) Danaher Corp. (DHR)
 6) Olin Corporation (OLN) 7) Evoqua Water Technologies Corp. (AQUA) 8) Primo Water Corporation (PRMW) 9) Energy Recovery, Inc. (ERII) 10) Agilent Technologies Inc (A)
There's more... See price performance, YTD-gains, market-cap and other details of all the 42 Water stocks with sorting features in a tabular format. Alternatively, one can also explore the List of Top Water ETFs.

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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 115.19 percent, which is calculated based on the previous year's closing price of $38.84 per share and year-to-date closing price of $83.58 per share as of writing. The market value of the company as indicated by its market-cap changed from $2.65 billion to $5.89 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 $499.87 apiece as of Dec 31, 2020 translating to a percentage change in stock price of 91.43%. As of writing, the company's market-cap value stands at $42.64 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 48.7 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 $17.19 per share as of Dec 31, 2020. The company's market cap changed from $748.22 million to $1.13 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.

Badger Meter

Badger Meter, Inc., incorporated on March 9, 1905, is a manufacturer and marketer of products incorporating flow measurement, control and communication solutions, serving water utilities, municipalities, and commercial and industrial ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Badger Meter.
The Wisconsin, WI-based Badger Meter, Inc. (BMI) belongs to the Capital Goods sector and is categorized as a Industrial Machinery and Components company. The stock of Badger Meter ended the previous year at a price of $64.93 per share. As of Dec 31, 2020, the stock price has reached $94.06 apiece, which indicates a change of 44.86 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 $1.89 billion. It has now changed to $2.74 billion as of writing. Badger Meter continues to be a leading constituent of many major stock market indexes like Wilshire 5000 index, Russell 2000 index, and several other broader level multi-cap market indicators.

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.
Rank number five in the coveted list is held by Danaher Corp. (DHR) for being among the top performing stocks of 2020. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the Capital Goods sector company is categorized under the industrial sub-sector of Industrial Machinery and Components. Since the start of the year 2020, stock of Danaher has so far gained 44.74 percentage, based on the previous year's closing price of $153.48 per share and year-to-date price of $222.14 per share. During the same period, the market capitalization of the company changed from $106.72 billion to $157.8 billion. The stock of Danaher continues to be a major constituent of many leading stock indexes which include Wilshire 5000 index, S&P 500 index, and several other broader level multi-cap market indicators.

Olin

Olin Corporation, incorporated on August 13, 1892, is a manufacturer and distributor of chemical products, and ammunition. The Company operates through three segments: Chlor Alkali Products and Vinyls, Epoxy and ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Olin.
Based on the market-cap change from $2.75 billion to $3.88 billion during the given months of the year 2020 and the share price change from $17.25 per share to a price of $24.56 per share as of Dec 31, 2020, Olin Corporation (OLN) was successful in generating YTD returns of 42.38 percentage. Standing at the number six rank in the top performing list of Water stocks, the Connecticut, CT-based Olin is categorized as the Major Chemicals sub-sector business which falls under the larger Basic Industries 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.

Evoqua Water Technologies

Evoqua Water Technologies Corp. provides a range of water and wastewater treatment systems and technologies, and mobile and emergency water supply solutions and services. It operates in three segments: Industri ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Evoqua Water Technologies.
At number seven in the list of top stocks stands Evoqua Water Technologies Corp. (AQUA), which saw a change in its stock price from the level of $18.95 apiece during previous year December end to the price of $26.98 per share as of Dec 31, 2020. It translates to a change of 42.37 percentage. The Pittsburgh, PA-headquartered Industrials sector company also saw its market value change from $2.17 billion to $3.19 billion. The Industrials 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.

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.
Primo Water Corporation (PRMW) has moved by 39.63 percentage over the given period of 2020-YTD, helping it gain a place at number eight among the top performing stocks. The Consumer Non-Durables sector company managed to achieve the feat as its stock price changed from $11.23 apiece to the price of $15.68 per share between the end of December of the previous year and Dec 31, 2020. The smart run of the North Carolina, NC-based Food Distributors sector company lead to a handsome gain in its marketcap which changed from $440.42 million to $2.5 billion over the same duration. Primo Water is a key member of many popular stock market indexes. They include Wilshire 5000 index, Russell 2000 index, and several other broader level multi-cap market indicators.

Energy Recovery

Energy Recovery, Inc. provides energy solutions to industrial fluid flow markets under the ERI, PX, Pressure Exchanger, PX Pressure Exchanger, AT, AquaBold, VorTeq, MTeq, IsoBoost, and IsoGen names wo ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Energy Recovery.
Energy Recovery (ERII) generated percentage returns of 39.33 percent during the 2020 year-to-date. Its returns are based on the share price which moved from $9.79 per share from the previous year-end to the price of $13.64 per share as of Dec 31, 2020. The company's value, as indicated by the market-cap figure, changed from $539.58 million to $765.21 million during the same period.
The company is categorized as a Technology speciality business with further classification in the Pollution & Treatment Controls sub-category. Based in California, CA, 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, Russell 2000 index, and a few other wider multi-cap stock market indexes.

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.
The number ten spot in the list of top performing stocks of the Water sector is taken by Agilent Technologies Inc (A). The company's stock price changed from $85.31 per share at the end of December of the previous year to the price of $118.49 per share as of writing. Overall, the stock managed to realized price change of 38.89 percent during the given time period. The corresponding change in the market capitalization value of the Santa Clara, California-based Capital Goods sector company was from $26.46 billion to $36.36 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, S&P 500 index, and a handful of other multi-capitalization indexes.
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