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These are the best-performing S&P 500 and Nasdaq-100 stocks of 2021

9:21 am ET January 3, 2022 (MarketWatch)

By Philip van Doorn

Top performers included oil producers, Moderna, Ford and Nvidia

(Updated as of the market close on Dec. 31.)

The performance of the stock market in 2021 was nothing short of remarkable, surprising many investors after the dramatic crash-and-recovery cycle of 2020.

A continuing recovery for the world economy meant increased demand and shortages in various industries, including semiconductors and energy. Some of the best-performing stocks were oil and gas producers, as the price of West Texas Crude oil rose 55%.

The following are lists of the best-performing stocks among the benchmark S&P 500 index , the the S&P 400 Mid Cap Index (MID), the S&P Small Cap 600 Index and the Nasdaq-100 Index . Then there's a list showing how all 30 components of the Dow Jones Industrial Average have performed in 2021.

All performance figures in this article include reinvested dividends. For starters, here's a chart showing total returns for all the indexes in 2021:

The S&P 500 had the top spot with a 28.7% return for 2021, although it had pulled back from its high on Nov. 9, when it was up 32% for the year.

Best-performing S&P 500 stocks of 2021

The S&P 500 is weighted by market capitalization, which means the largest five companies -- Apple Inc. (AAPL), Microsoft Corp. (MSFT), Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN), Alphabet Inc (GOOGL)(GOOGL) and Tesla Inc. (TSLA) -- made up 23% of the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY) as of the close on Dec. 31.

The gains in 2021 were broad, with 88% of the S&P 500 showing positive returns. Here are its 20 best performers in 2021:

Company                          Ticker  Industry                       Total Return -- 2021 
Devon Energy Corp.                DVN    Oil & Gas Production                        196.1% 
Marathon Oil Corp.                MRO    Oil & Gas Production                        149.7% 
Moderna Inc.                      MRNA   Biotechnology                               143.1% 
Fortinet Inc.                     FTNT   Computer Communications                     142.0% 
Signature Bank                    SBNY   Regional Banks                              141.5% 
Ford Motor Co.                     F     Motor Vehicles                              137.5% 
Bath & Body Works Inc.            BBWI   Retail                                      133.7% 
Diamondback Energy Inc.           FANG   Oil & Gas Production                        127.4% 
Nvidia Corp.                      NVDA   Semiconductors                              125.5% 
Nucor Corp.                       NUE    Steel                                       118.4% 
Gartner Inc.                       IT    Internet Software, Services                 108.7% 
Extra Space Storage Inc.          EXR    Real Estate Investment Trusts               101.0% 
Arista Networks Inc.              ANET   Computer Communications                      97.9% 
Simon Property Group Inc.         SPG    Real Estate Investment Trusts                95.8% 
APA Corp.                         APA    Integrated Oil                               90.8% 
EOG Resources Inc.                EOG    Oil & Gas Production                         88.7% 
Iron Mountain Inc.                IRM    Real Estate Investment Trusts                87.8% 
Seagate Technology Holdings PLC   STX    Computer Peripherals                         87.6% 
CF Industries Holdings Inc.        CF    Chemicals                                    87.1% 
ConocoPhillips                    COP    Oil & Gas Production                         86.7% 
                                                                            Source: FactSet 

You can click the tickers for more about each company. Click here for Tomi Kilgore's detailed guide to the wealth of information for free on the MarketWatch quote page.

To make any of the lists, a stock had to be traded publicly for all of 2021.

Among the top 20 performers in the S&P 500, six were oil producers.

Ford Motor Co. (F) was up 137.5%, ranking sixth on the list, with a low valuation to expected earnings helping justify investors' approval of at the early stage of its switch to electric cars. Ford's rival General Motors Co. (GM) didn't make the list, as its stock was up "only" 40.8% in 2021 (ranking 160th among the S&P 500), while shares of Tesla were up 49.8% for 2021 following their 743% increase in 2020.

Read: Ford Is More Valuable Than GM for the First Time Since 2016

Best-performing midcap stocks

Remember the meme stocks? Of course you do. GameStop Corp (GME). led this craze, as traders banded together through the wallstreetbets Reddit channel in early 2021 to bid up the prices of heavily shorted stocks.

Through Jan. 27, shares of GameStop were up 1,744.5% for 2021. Some traders who got in late were burned, as the stock took a dive through Feb. 22. But through Dec. 31, it was up 687.6% for the year, leading this list of the top 20 performers in the S&P 400 Mid Cap Index:

Company                            Ticker  Industry                       Total Return -- 2021 
GameStop Corp. Class A              GME    Electronics, Appliance Stores               687.6% 
Avis Budget Group Inc.              CAR    Finance, Rental, Leasing                    456.0% 
Synaptics Inc.                      SYNA   Semiconductors                              200.3% 
SiTime Corp.                        SITM   Semiconductors                              161.4% 
Alcoa Corp.                          AA    Aluminum                                    159.0% 
Olin Corp.                          OLN    Industrial Specialties                      138.5% 
Macy's Inc.                          M     Department Stores                           135.7% 
Navient Corp.                       NAVI   Finance, Rental, Leasing                    124.0% 
Murphy Oil Corp.                    MUR    Oil & Gas Production                        121.3% 
Dick's Sporting Goods Inc.          DKS    Specialty Stores                            116.4% 
Louisiana-Pacific Corp.             LPX    Forest Products                             113.3% 
Builders FirstSource Inc.           BLDR   Building Products                           110.0% 
Crocs Inc.                          CROX   Apparel/Footwear                            104.6% 
Tenet Healthcare Corp.              THC    Hospital, Nursing Management                104.6% 
Targa Resources Corp.               TRGP   Oil Refining/ Marketing                     100.1% 
Life Storage Inc.                   LSI    Real Estate Investment Trusts                98.5% 
National Storage Affiliates Trust   NSA    Real Estate Investment Trusts                98.0% 
Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.           GT    Automotive Aftermarket                       95.4% 
American Financial Group Inc.       AFG    Property/ Casualty Insurance                 94.8% 
Teradata Corp.                      TDC    Software                                     89.0% 
                                                                              Source: FactSet 

Small-cap stocks

A broad small-cap index, such as the Russell 2000 , includes companies that haven't yet turned profits and even some "pre-revenue" companies counting positive outcomes for binary events, such as regulatory approval of medication.

This list of the year's 20 best-performing small-cap stocks instead relies on the S&P 600 Small Cap Index, which has a tougher selection criteria for initial inclusion. That includes positive earnings for the most recent quarter and for the sum of the most recent four quarters.

Company                             Ticker  Industry                         Total Return -- 2021 
Veritiv Corp.                        VRTV   Wholesale Distributors                          490% 
SM Energy Co.                         SM    Oil & Gas Production                            382% 
Apollo Medical Holdings Inc.         AMEH   Services to the Health Industry                 302% 
Customers Bancorp Inc.               CUBI   Regional Banks                                  260% 
Callon Petroleum Co.                 CPE    Oil & Gas Production                            259% 
TimkenSteel Corp.                    TMST   Steel                                           253% 
Chico's FAS Inc.                     CHS    Apparel, Footwear Retail                        238% 
Signet Jewelers Ltd.                 SIG    Specialty Stores                                221% 
Consol Energy Inc.                   CEIX   Coal                                            215% 
Cross Country Healthcare Inc.        CCRN   Personnel Services                              213% 
Matador Resources Co.                MTDR   Oil & Gas Production                            207% 
United Natural Foods Inc.            UNFI   Food Distributors                               207% 
Laredo Petroleum Inc.                LPI    Oil & Gas Production                            205% 
Thryv Holdings Inc.                  THRY   Advertising, Marketing Services                 205% 
Boot Barn Holdings Inc.              BOOT   Apparel, Footwear Retail                        184% 
ArcBest Corp.                        ARCB   Trucking                                        182% 
Donnelley Financial Solutions Inc.   DFIN   Software                                        178% 
Perficient Inc.                      PRFT   Personnel Services                              171% 
Range Resources Corp.                RRC    Oil & Gas Production                            166% 
Ranger Oil Corp. Class A             RRC    Oil & Gas Production                            165% 
                                                                                 Source: FactSet 

Turning more to tech: Nasdaq-100

The Nadaq-100 Index includes the largest 100 non-financial stocks by market cap in the full Nasdaq Composite Index . It includes Chinese companies that aren't included in the S&P 500.

2022-01-03 14:21:00 GMT MW These are the best-performing S&P 500 and -2-

Here are the top 20 performers among the Nasdaq-100 in 2021:

Company                      Ticker  Industry                         Total Return -- 2021 
Lucid Group Inc.              LCID   Motor Vehicles                                  280% 
Moderna Inc.                  MRNA   Biotechnology                                   143% 
Fortinet Inc.                 FTNT   Computer Communications                         142% 
Nvidia Corp.                  NVDA   Semiconductors                                  125% 
Marvell Technology Inc.       MRVL   Semiconductors                                   85% 
Applied Materials Inc.        AMAT   Industrial Machinery                             84% 
Datadog Inc Class A           DDOG   Software                                         81% 
Intuit Inc.                   INTU   Software                                         70% 
KLA Corp.                     KLAC   Semiconductors                                   68% 
Alphabet Inc. Class A        GOOGL   Internet Software, Services                      65% 
Atlassian Corp. PLC Class A   TEAM   Software                                         63% 
Zscaler Inc.                   ZS    Software                                         61% 
Advanced Micro Devices Inc.   AMD    Semiconductors                                   57% 
Palo Alto Networks Inc.       PANW   Computer Communications                          57% 
Broadcom Inc.                 AVGO   Semiconductors                                   56% 
O'Reilly Automotive Inc.      ORLY   Specialty Stores                                 56% 
Lam Research Corp.            LRCX   Electronic Production Equipment                  54% 
Microsoft Corp.               MSFT   Software                                         52% 
Costco Wholesale Corp.        COST   Department Stores                                52% 
Paychex Inc.                  PAYX   Data Processing Services                         50% 
                                                                          Source: FactSet 

The Dow 30

The Dow Jones Industrial Average brought up the rear in the chart at the top of this article. Home Depot Inc. (HD) took the top stop in the Dow, with a 59.5% return for 2021, while Walt Disney Co. (DIS) was the worst performer, with a 14.5% decline:

Company                                Ticker  Industry                              Total Return -- 2021 
Home Depot Inc.                          HD    Home Improvement Chains                             59.5% 
Microsoft Corp.                         MSFT   Software                                            52.5% 
Goldman Sachs Group Inc.                 GS    Investment Banks, Brokers                           47.6% 
Chevron Corp.                           CVX    Integrated Oil                                      46.3% 
Cisco Systems Inc.                      CSCO   Information Technology Services                     45.8% 
UnitedHealth Group Inc.                 UNH    Managed Health Care                                 45.2% 
American Express Co.                    AXP    Finance, Rental, Leasing                            36.9% 
Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc.           WBA    Drugstore Chains                                    35.8% 
Apple Inc.                              AAPL   Telecommunications Equipment                        34.6% 
McDonald's Corp.                        MCD    Restaurants                                         27.8% 
JPMorgan Chase & Co.                    JPM    Banks                                               27.7% 
Procter & Gamble Co.                     PG    Household, Personal Care                            20.5% 
Nike Inc. Class B                       NKE    Apparel, Footwear                                   18.7% 
International Business Machines Corp.   IBM    Information Technology Services                     16.8% 
Caterpillar Inc.                        CAT    Trucks, Construction, Farm Machinery                16.0% 
salesforce.com Inc.                     CRM    Software                                            14.2% 
Travelers Companies Inc.                TRV    Multi-Line Insurance                                14.0% 
Johnson & Johnson                       JNJ    Pharmaceuticals                                     11.4% 
Coca-Cola Co.                            KO    Beverages: Non-Alcoholic                            11.4% 
Dow Inc.                                DOW    Chemicals                                            6.9% 
Intel Corp.                             INTC   Semiconductors                                       6.0% 
3M Co.                                  MMM    Industrial Conglomerates                             4.9% 
Walmart Inc.                            WMT    Food Retail                                          2.0% 
Merck & Co. Inc.                        MRK    Pharmaceuticals                                      1.8% 
Amgen Inc.                              AMGN   Biotechnology                                        0.9% 
Honeywell International Inc.            HON    Industrial Conglomerates                            -0.3% 
Visa Inc. Class A                        V     Finance, Rental, Leasing                            -0.3% 
Boeing Co.                               BA    Aerospace & Defense                                 -6.0% 
Verizon Communications Inc.              VZ    Telecommunications                                  -7.5% 
Walt Disney Co.                         DIS    Cable, Satellite TV                                -14.5% 
                                                                                         Source: FactSet 

More year-end stock-market coverage:

-Philip van Doorn


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