10 Best Performing S&P 500 Stocks of 2021

By Benzinga
January 2, 2022 Updated: January 2, 2022

The S&P 500 delivered one of its best years in recent history in 2021, gaining more than 27 peercent. Most U.S. investors had a lot of winners in their portfolios this year, but some stocks certainly performed better than others.

Here’s a look at the 10 best-performing stocks in the entire S&P 500 in 2021.

1. Devon Energy

The energy sector came roaring back in 2021, and crude oil and natural gas prices both hit multi-year highs. There were plenty of big oil and gas winners in 2021, but Devon Energy was the best performer in the entire S&P 500, gaining 193.9 percent on the year.

2. Marathon Oil

Oil and gas is a recurring theme among the S&P 500 top performers of 2021, and Marathon Oil gained 145.1 percent on the year.

3. Fortinet

Outside of the energy sector, cybersecurity leader Fortinet was the best tech stock of 2021, gaining 142.2 percent on the year.

4. Moderna

After a huge year in 2020, COVID-19 vaccine maker Moderna had another big year of gains in 2021, finishing the year up 140.8 percent.

5. Ford 

EV startups got a lot of attention and made a lot of headlines in 2021, but legacy Detroit automaker Ford outperformed them all in 2021, gaining 132.8 percent on the year.

6. Bath & Body Works

After doubling in 2020, Bath & Body Works topped its 2020 performance with an incredible 131.9 percent gain in 2021 as investors bet on a big post-pandemic comeback from the retail sector.

7. Nvidia 

Semiconductor giant Nvidia has been easy money for investors for the past decade, and that trend did not change in 2021. The chipmaker finished the year up another 126.6 percent.

8. Diamondback Energy

Permian Basin exploration and production company Diamondback Energy rode the wave of high oil and gas prices to an impressive 121.7 percent 2021 gain.

9. Nucor

Rising steel prices, a robust housing market and a trillion-dollar U.S. infrastructure bill send shares of steelmaker Nucor surging 114 percent in 2021.

10. Gartner

The pandemic forced many companies to rethink their businesses, and technology market research and consulting company Gartner may be well-positioned to capitalize. Gartner rounds out the top 10 performers of 2021 with a 107.7 percent gain.

By Wayne Duggan 

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