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Stock markets are broadly higher this year, with the S&P 500 up more than 10% since the start of January. UK equities have also had a decent start through to the end of May and are up almost 9% this year. In Europe, the Stoxx 600 is 11% YTD. 

Here we look at some of the top performing stocks of 2021. 

UK: Restaurant Group (RTN) leads the way with the stock up more than 90% as the UK enjoys a positive reopening story. Share have risen as investors bet on the company, owner of Wagamama, enjoying strong demand as consumers return. The company has tapped investors for £175m and completed a £500m debt refinancing to cover it over through to the full reopening of the economy and support its delivery network expansion. It had swung to a £127 pre-tax loss last year. Shares are up about 140% from the depths of the pandemic. 

Top performing UK stocks: FTSE 350 

Name RIC 1d (%) 5d (%) MTD (%) 1 mth (%) 3 mth (%) 6 mth (%) YTD (%) 1Y (%) 
FTSE 350 Index .FTLC 0.95 0.93 0.50 2.14 6.06 11.27 8.77 19.11 
Restaurant Group PLC RTN.L 3.19 -1.13 2.50 2.16 28.23 94.04 93.74 191.16 
Ferrexpo PLC FXPO.L -1.65 -4.13 5.74 13.89 42.83 163.20 82.45 228.11 
Tullow Oil PLC TLW.L -2.15 -3.48 -5.58 10.25 49.79 101.34 72.68 101.50 
Future PLC FUTR.L 9.58 25.61 23.05 27.03 51.09 45.49 67.09 185.27 
Gamesys Group PLC GYS.L -0.16 -0.80 -3.62 -2.97 37.94 72.05 63.60 125.24 
Mitie Group PLC MTO.L 2.15 6.75 6.92 3.75 25.28 69.60 61.95 83.78 
Royal Mail PLC RMG.L 2.82 4.09 8.83 8.22 12.55 81.93 59.85 213.29 
Investec PLC INVP.L 3.83 4.79 0.48 18.49 45.72 52.87 56.38 81.81 
Virgin Money UK PLC VMUK.L 3.14 7.14 2.75 11.65 20.30 41.40 52.86 152.21 
Bytes Technology Group PLC BYIT.L 1.09 1.69 3.45 4.85 20.06 — 52.24 — 
Just Group PLC JUSTJ.L -0.47 -1.22 -3.48 1.84 23.96 75.50 50.64 105.66 
TUI AG TUIT.L -2.91 5.58 -0.77 13.67 19.79 55.94 48.45 131.46 
Hammerson PLC HMSO.L 1.10 5.48 -7.76 1.27 77.88 58.47 47.89 25.92 
Ashtead Group PLC AHT.L 1.52 3.53 9.14 10.88 27.06 59.57 47.64 115.91 
Morgan Sindall Group PLC MGNS.L 0.00 -2.20 -3.26 17.23 54.73 60.07 45.23 92.14 
Mitchells & Butlers PLC MAB.L 2.28 1.49 -0.57 7.69 7.63 59.47 44.56 125.17 
Greencore Group PLC GNC.L 0.18 2.70 5.48 7.58 22.19 47.75 43.69 20.95 
Redde Northgate PLC REDD.L 0.80 1.33 4.40 9.83 47.00 51.70 42.86 102.13 
EVRAZ plc EVRE.L 0.94 -0.89 3.99 9.87 20.01 76.77 41.65 153.41 
C&C Group PLC GCC.L 1.14 11.79 7.56 18.62 35.00 50.28 40.04 69.47 
IMI PLC IMI.L -0.06 -0.73 2.13 17.55 21.49 48.27 39.74 87.99 
Greggs PLC GRG.L 0.93 -0.72 5.81 10.54 19.47 44.67 39.50 44.42 
Indivior PLC INDV.L -0.13 1.82 -1.25 11.63 18.10 14.95 38.51 161.18 
Kingfisher PLC KGF.L -0.56 3.57 4.73 3.92 35.48 32.23 38.39 121.42 

 

Europe: Spain’s Banco Sabadell (SABE) is the top performer, with shares up 80% YTD and +140% in the last 12 months. The bank’s TSB unit swung to a profit in the first quarter as cost-cutting measures helped offset a 22% drop in earnings. Banco reported net profit of €73m, beating forecasts as like most banks it was able to book fewer bad loss provisions.  

 Stoxx 600 

 

 Percentage Change 
Name RIC 1d (%) 5d (%) MTD (%) 1 mth (%) 3 mth (%) 6 mth (%) YTD (%) 1Y (%) 
STOXX Europe 600 EUR Price Index .STOXX 1.27 1.05 1.03 1.87 6.51 13.42 10.74 28.90 
Banco de Sabadell SA SABE.MC 0.85 -4.55 20.82 39.43 63.18 54.66 80.00 140.18 
Evolution AB (publ) EVOG.ST 5.99 0.15 -14.04 3.03 33.32 117.76 72.16 172.61 
Kindred Group PLC KINDsdb.ST 3.91 -2.37 -5.73 -9.80 9.00 96.11 71.43 185.04 
Royal Mail PLC RMG.L 2.82 4.09 8.83 8.22 12.55 81.93 59.85 213.29 
Nordic Semiconductor ASA NOD.OL 9.80 10.42 3.88 20.84 26.25 76.57 55.07 229.23 
Bank of Ireland Group PLC BIRG.I -0.20 -2.05 3.81 19.50 50.21 91.53 53.58 210.54 
Societe Generale SA SOGN.PA 0.48 1.61 10.33 21.38 31.85 61.56 53.42 105.21 
Virgin Money UK PLC VMUK.L 3.14 7.14 2.75 11.65 20.30 41.40 52.86 152.21 
Porsche Automobil Holding SE PSHG_p.DE 1.68 1.27 -3.20 -8.35 30.55 50.37 50.32 83.75 
Getinge AB GETIb.ST 2.53 3.05 0.31 6.29 27.45 55.02 49.61 63.16 
Banco BPM SpA BAMI.MI -2.17 4.08 13.97 19.88 24.82 39.30 49.39 150.21 
Bank Polska Kasa Opieki SA PEO.WA 0.89 7.30 13.44 19.47 35.16 59.30 48.61 76.52 
TUI AG TUIT.L -2.91 5.58 -0.77 13.67 19.79 55.94 48.45 131.46 
Valmet Oyj VALMT.HE -0.06 1.79 -0.26 3.06 25.66 63.46 48.42 56.24 
Ashtead Group PLC AHT.L 1.52 3.53 9.14 10.88 27.06 59.57 47.64 115.91 
Bankinter SA BKT.MC 0.23 0.23 3.45 15.61 25.58 51.64 47.39 83.36 
Natixis SA CNAT.PA 0.02 -1.31 0.47 0.77 0.59 62.60 46.40 105.18 
Kuehne und Nagel International AG KNIN.S 2.09 5.97 7.33 3.53 39.46 49.11 45.92 106.70 
Compagnie de Saint Gobain SA SGOB.PA 1.81 -0.49 3.75 4.03 25.94 37.76 45.25 119.11 
Dialog Semiconductor PLC DLGS.DE 0.25 0.15 -0.37 1.09 -0.46 75.79 45.22 85.32 
ING Groep NV INGA.AS 0.70 2.98 2.75 7.67 22.03 41.64 42.94 104.72 
DSV Panalpina A/S DSV.CO 3.14 4.03 4.75 10.94 27.31 40.43 41.67 95.32 
EVRAZ plc EVRE.L 0.94 -0.89 3.99 9.87 20.01 76.77 41.65 153.41 
Tenaris SA TENR.MI -0.62 -2.96 4.62 6.23 29.52 49.95 41.49 60.15 

US: Nucor (NUE) is the YTD top performer for the S&P 500 as the steel maker is expected to benefit from a big increase in infrastructure spending in the US. The company reported record earnings in the first quarter and CEO Leon Topalian said he expects the whole of 2021 to be strong. The Charlotte, North Carolina company posted $7 billion in revenue, which was up 25% year-onyear and up 15% compared with the same quarter in 2019. 

S&P 500  

 Percentage Change 
Name RIC 1d (%) 5d (%) MTD (%) 1 mth (%) 3 mth (%) 6 mth (%) YTD (%) 1Y (%) 
S&P 500 Index .SPX 1.06 1.13 -0.53 0.58 6.46 16.91 10.73 39.96 
Nucor Corp NUE -0.39 0.33 22.94 28.84 74.24 92.45 90.13 148.60 
L Brands Inc LB -3.91 -1.63 -1.85 0.87 28.51 61.82 73.92 429.30 
Marathon Oil Corp MRO -0.69 4.16 2.40 14.05 22.01 105.89 72.86 93.78 
EOG Resources Inc EOG -0.02 1.18 9.34 17.43 28.81 77.40 61.46 52.93 
Gap Inc GPS -4.01 -2.75 -1.57 2.52 34.91 33.69 61.37 343.87 
Devon Energy Corp DVN -0.08 2.06 8.04 20.46 22.21 93.44 61.01 109.31 
Capital One Financial Corp COF 0.42 0.97 5.86 20.01 31.99 88.81 59.65 156.69 
Freeport-McMoRan Inc FCX 1.23 -1.79 9.31 14.88 9.95 93.98 58.42 351.97 
Diamondback Energy Inc FANG.O -1.78 0.43 -6.36 3.04 16.71 92.09 58.12 75.29 
Seagate Technology Holdings PLC STX.O -2.75 11.12 4.29 17.49 32.38 74.11 55.76 86.73 
Hess Corp HES -0.93 3.15 10.00 21.01 28.91 76.11 55.26 73.13 
Invesco Ltd IVZ -0.60 -1.81 -1.33 3.30 18.56 69.47 52.84 261.47 
Mosaic Co MOS -1.05 0.78 -0.65 8.51 20.19 78.23 51.89 198.21 
Wells Fargo & Co WFC -0.95 -1.44 1.51 7.50 20.88 79.47 51.52 86.50 
Applied Materials Inc AMAT.O 4.42 8.66 -1.81 1.34 9.08 69.84 51.00 129.10 
Fifth Third Bancorp FITB.O -0.38 -1.07 2.44 13.97 20.24 64.22 50.63 134.63 
News Corp NWSA.O 4.00 3.05 3.26 2.11 20.22 54.39 50.53 136.24 
Mohawk Industries Inc MHK 0.05 -5.03 1.20 6.07 20.98 63.55 47.54 150.46 
Iron Mountain Inc IRM 2.09 2.67 7.18 8.89 33.66 67.38 45.86 80.07 
Lumen Technologies Inc LUMN.K -1.53 0.28 10.68 11.99 18.93 41.43 45.64 43.43 
Schlumberger NV SLB -0.72 0.03 17.45 25.82 21.63 57.20 45.53 74.46 
People’s United Financial Inc PBCT.O -0.69 -1.16 3.75 8.35 19.96 47.76 45.48 65.00 
APA Corp (US) APA.O -0.91 1.13 3.15 21.35 14.48 80.33 45.38 72.64 
Snap-On Inc SNA -0.39 -1.91 4.44 5.79 27.28 43.50 44.99 85.57 

 

*Source: Refinitiv, prices correct as of May 21st. 

This page is updated from time to time to reflect changes in the market: last updated 24/05/21 

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