Chart: The 20 Top Stocks of 2020, by Price Return and EPS
In the whirlwind of the pandemic, most businesses experienced chaos. From shuttered physical stores to the rapid rise of online activity, only a select few companies successfully weathered the storm.
We look at the 20 top stocks of 2020 by price return (% change), and earnings per share (EPS), which is an indicator of a company’s profitability.
EPS is calculated by dividing a company’s profit by its outstanding shares of common stock. The higher an EPS value, the more profitable a company is deemed.
A Closer Look at the Leaderboard
Tesla’s value surged in 2020, as it raked in 743.4% in returns—the highest of any stock. In fact, it’s the only automaker to enter this list.
|Rank||Company||Industry||% Change||EPS, Q3’2020|
|#1||Tesla Inc||Other (Auto Manufacturer)||743.4%||$0.27|
|#2||Fiverr International Ltd||Tech/Online (Retail)||730.2%||-$0.01|
|#3||Twist Bioscience Corp||Medical (Biotech)||572.8%||-$0.36|
|#4||Enphase Energy Inc||Other (Solar Energy||571.5%||$0.28|
|#5||Peloton Interactive Cl A||Tech/Online (Leisure)||434.2%||$0.20|
|#6||Moderna Inc||Medical (Biotech)||434.1%||-$0.59|
|#7||Curevac N V||Medical (Biotech)||406.7%||N/A|
|#8||Sunrun Inc||Other (Solar Energy)||402.4%||$0.28|
|#9||Zoom Video Comm Cl A||Tech/Online (Software)||395.8%||$0.66|
|#10||Sea Limited Ads Cl A||Tech/Online (Retail, Leisure)||394.9%||N/A|
|#11||Denali Therapeutics Inc||Medical (Biotech)||380.6%||-$0.54|
|#12||Beam Therapeutics Inc||Medical (Biotech)||380.2%||-$0.69|
|#13||Pinduoduo Inc Cl A Ads||Tech/Online (Retail)||369.8%||-$0.10|
|#14||Silvergate Cap Corp Cl A||Other (Finance/Banks)||367.1%||N/A|
|#15||Schrodinger Inc||Medical (Service)||365.8%||$0.05|
|#16||Fate Therapeutics Inc||Medical (Biotech)||364.6%||-$0.68|
|#17||Bilibili Inc Cl Z Ads||Tech/Online (Leisure)||360.4%||-$0.45|
|#18||Inari Medical Inc||Medical (Service)||359.4%||N/A|
|#19||Alx Oncology Holding Inc||Medical (Biotech)||353.7%||N/A|
|#20||Cloudflare Inc Cl A||Tech/Online (Software)||345.4%||-$0.09|
Zoom comes out on top with $0.66 in earnings per share. This is likely a result of society’s increased reliance on its videoconferencing capabilities, a trend that became clear quite early on last year.
Notable Stocks by Category
If we look at the overall categories, the medical industry pulled in nine of the top 20 stocks in 2020. As the world scrambled to develop an immunization against COVID-19, Moderna was one of the first companies to get there, announcing a vaccine with 94.1% efficacy. As a result, the company showed an impressive 434% in returns.
The Tech/Online category came in second, although slightly more diversification is found here, ranging from software to retail and leisure:
- In the growing global gig economy, Fiverr’s platform connects freelancers with those in need of their services.
- Peloton is tapping into the lucrative home fitness market, particularly with people now spending more time at home.
- Sea Ltd. is a Southeast Asian conglomerate with business verticals across ecommerce, online gaming, and digital payments.
One final interesting observation is that of the stocks in the Other category, two of them deal in the business of solar energy, exhibiting high returns and similar EPS values, likely from a global shift towards cleaner energy sources.
Visualizing Companies with the Most Patents Granted in 2021
Companies around the world invest billions in R&D to provide cutting-edge innovation to their products and services.
Visualizing Companies with the Most Patents Granted in 2021
Companies around the world invest billions in R&D to provide cutting-edge innovation to their products and services. In order to protect these investments, companies apply for patents. Therefore, the number of utility patents a company is granted can be considered a rough measure of its level of innovation.
Every year, the Patent 300 List identifies America’s most innovative companies within the intellectual property space by analyzing the patents granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
In 2021, the USPTO granted a total of 327,798 utility patents, down 7% from the previous year. Let’s take a look at which companies generated the most patents in 2021.
|1||🇺🇸 U.S.||International Business Machines Corporation||8,540||-9%|
|2||🇰🇷 South Korea||Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.||8,517||0%|
|3||🇰🇷 South Korea||Lg Corporation||4,388||-13%|
|4||🇯🇵 Japan||Canon K.K.||3,400||-8%|
|5||🇨🇳 China||Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.||2,955||-7%|
|6||🇺🇸 U.S.||Intel Corporation||2,835||-14%|
|7||🇹🇼 Taiwan||Taiwan Semiconductor Mfg. Co. Ltd.||2,807||-3%|
|8||🇯🇵 Japan||Toyota Jidosha K.K.||2,753||-2%|
|9||🇺🇸 U.S.||Raytheon Technologies Corporation||2,694||-16%|
|10||🇯🇵 Japan||Sony Corporation||2,624||-9%|
For 29 consecutive years, IBM has led U.S. companies in the number of patents received annually. In 2021, the company received 8,540 patents, a 9% decline from the previous year.
IBM’s innovations are focused on solving major global challenges, and cover areas such as sustainable growth, climate change, and preventing future pandemics, as well as initiatives enabling food and energy security. They aim to address these problems through a blend of high-performance computing, artificial intelligence (AI), and quantum computing.
One of IBM’s most noteworthy innovations in 2021 was their new quantum processor called Eagle, which broke the 100-qubit barrier to bring quantum computing into a new era. This processor has the ability to solve problems that classical computers can’t, giving it the potential to bring real-world benefits to different fields from renewable energy to finance and more.
Samsung: A Close Second Innovator
Samsung Electronics is one of the biggest innovators over the last decade. In 2021, the company got 8,517 patents granted by the USPTO, a close second to IBM.
The company’s patent-winning innovations take place in several areas, including virtual and augmented reality (VR/AR), artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI/ML), 5G technologies, and autonomous driving.
The Technology Sector Dominates Utility Patents
Unsurprisingly, out of the top 25 companies with the most patents granted in 2021, 16 of them belong to the technology sector.
However, utility patents are not only limited to tech companies.
In fact, companies from all sectors apply for patents every year. Patents are great assets for companies since they give them exclusive commercial rights for their inventions and protect them from competition. This is one of the main reasons we see companies getting thousands of new patents every year.
Russia Has Been Suspended From the UN Human Rights Council
Here’s how the global community voted on the resolution: In favor – 93 | Abstained – 58 | Against – 24
Russia Has Been Suspended From the UN Human Rights Council
On April 7, 2022, the United Nations suspended Russia from its seat on the Human Rights Council.
This suspension comes amid growing condemnation of Russia over alleged civilian murders committed by Russian troops in Ukraine. Widely distributed videos appear to show the bodies of civilians scattered along the streets in the Ukrainian town of Bucha.
To be approved, the resolution required a two-thirds majority of assembly members that vote “yes” or “no”. Here is a complete list of how countries voted:
|Country||Vote||NATO Member||Former Soviet Union|
|🇦🇩 Andorra||In favor|
|🇦🇬 Antigua and Barbuda||In favor|
|🇦🇱 Albania||In favor|
|🇦🇷 Argentina||In favor|
|🇦🇹 Austria||In favor|
|🇦🇺 Australia||In favor|
|🇧🇪 Belgium||In favor|
|🇧🇫 Burkina Faso||--|
|🇧🇬 Bulgaria||In favor|
|🇧🇳 Brunei Darussalam||Abstained|
|🇧🇸 Bahamas||In favor|
|🇨🇦 Canada||In favor|
|🇨🇩 Dem. Republic of the Congo||In favor|
|🇨🇫 Central African Republic||Against|
|🇨🇬 Republic of the Congo||Against|
|🇨🇭 Switzerland||In favor|
|🇨🇮 Côte d’Ivoire||In favor|
|🇨🇱 Chile||In favor|
|🇨🇴 Colombia||In favor|
|🇨🇷 Costa Rica||In favor|
|🇨🇻 Cabo Verde||Abstained|
|🇨🇾 Cyprus||In favor|
|🇨🇿 Czech Republic||In favor|
|🇩🇪 Germany||In favor|
|🇩🇰 Denmark||In favor|
|🇩🇲 Dominica||In favor|
|🇩🇴 Dominican Republic||In favor|
|🇪🇨 Ecuador||In favor|
|🇪🇪 Estonia||In favor|
|🇪🇸 Spain||In favor|
|🇫🇮 Finland||In favor|
|🇫🇯 Fiji||In favor|
|🇫🇲 Micronesia||In favor|
|🇫🇷 France||In favor|
|🇬🇩 Grenada||In favor|
|🇬🇪 Georgia||In favor|
|🇬🇶 Equatorial Guinea||--|
|🇬🇷 Greece||In favor|
|🇬🇹 Guatemala||In favor|
|🇭🇳 Honduras||In favor|
|🇭🇷 Croatia||In favor|
|🇭🇹 Haiti||In favor|
|🇭🇺 Hungary||In favor|
|🇮🇪 Ireland||In favor|
|🇮🇱 Israel||In favor|
|🇮🇸 Iceland||In favor|
|🇮🇹 Italy||In favor|
|🇯🇲 Jamaica||In favor|
|🇯🇵 Japan||In favor|
|🇰🇮 Kiribati||In favor|
|🇰🇲 Comoros||In favor|
|🇰🇳 Saint Kitts and Nevis||Abstained|
|🇰🇵 North Korea||Against|
|🇰🇷 South Korea||In favor|
|🇱🇨 Saint Lucia||In favor|
|🇱🇮 Liechtenstein||In favor|
|🇱🇰 Sri Lanka||Abstained|
|🇱🇷 Liberia||In favor|
|🇱🇹 Lithuania||In favor|
|🇱🇺 Luxembourg||In favor|
|🇱🇻 Latvia||In favor|
|🇱🇾 Libya||In favor|
|🇲🇨 Monaco||In favor|
|🇲🇩 Moldova||In favor|
|🇲🇪 Montenegro||In favor|
|🇲🇭 Marshall Islands||In favor|
|🇲🇰 North Macedonia||In favor|
|🇲🇲 Myanmar||In favor|
|🇲🇹 Malta||In favor|
|🇲🇺 Mauritius||In favor|
|🇲🇼 Malawi||In favor|
|🇳🇱 Netherlands||In favor|
|🇳🇴 Norway||In favor|
|🇳🇷 Nauru||In favor|
|🇳🇿 New Zealand||In favor|
|🇵🇦 Panama||In favor|
|🇵🇪 Peru||In favor|
|🇵🇬 Papua New Guinea||In favor|
|🇵🇭 Philippines||In favor|
|🇵🇱 Poland||In favor|
|🇵🇹 Portugal||In favor|
|🇵🇼 Palau||In favor|
|🇵🇾 Paraguay||In favor|
|🇷🇴 Romania||In favor|
|🇷🇸 Serbia||In favor|
|🇸🇦 Saudi Arabia||Abstained|
|🇸🇧 Solomon Islands||--|
|🇸🇨 Seychelles||In favor|
|🇸🇪 Sweden||In favor|
|🇸🇮 Slovenia||In favor|
|🇸🇰 Slovakia||In favor|
|🇸🇱 Sierra Leone||In favor|
|🇸🇲 San Marino||In favor|
|🇸🇸 South Sudan||Abstained|
|🇸🇹 Sao Tome and Principe||--|
|🇸🇻 El Salvador||Abstained|
|🇹🇩 Chad||In favor|
|🇹🇱 Timor Leste||In favor|
|🇹🇴 Tonga||In favor|
|🇹🇷 Turkey||In favor|
|🇹🇹 Trinidad and Tobago||Abstained|
|🇹🇻 Tuvalu||In favor|
|🇺🇦 Ukraine||In favor|
|🇦🇪 United Arab Emirates||Abstained|
|🇬🇧 United Kingdom||In favor|
|🇺🇸 United States||In favor|
|🇺🇾 Uruguay||In favor|
|🇻🇨 St Vincent and the Grenadines||Abstained|
|🇼🇸 Samoa||In favor|
|🇿🇦 South Africa||Abstained|
|🏴 Bosnia and Herzegovina||In favor|
Not surprisingly, all NATO countries voted in favor of suspending Russia from the Council. This includes Turkey, which has taken a more neutral stance than other allies since the invasion began. Altogether, 93 countries voted for the resolution.
On the other side, 24 countries voted against the resolution. China is perhaps the most significant “no” vote, citing a lack of openness and transparency in the process. Of course, Russia itself voted against the resolution.
A number of countries abstained from voting, most notably, India. Leading up to the vote, Moscow indicated that even an abstention would be viewed as an “unfriendly gesture” with consequences for bilateral ties.
This suspension adds to the list of actions taken against Russia—including heavy sanctions—as the country becomes more isolated from the international community—particularly Western nations.
What Does the UN Human Rights Council Do?
The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) is a UN body whose mission is to promote and protect human rights around the world.
The Council investigates breaches of human rights in UN member states and member countries address big picture human rights issues.
How Does the UN Human Rights Council Work?
The Council consists of 47 members, elected yearly by the General Assembly for staggered three-year terms.
Using the UN regional grouping system, members are selected to represent a diverse and fair mix of countries from around the world. Until its suspension, Russia was one of the two countries representing Eastern Europe, along with Ukraine.
Members are eligible for re-election for one additional term, after which they relinquish their seat.
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