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IBD Reveals The 100 Best Companies Of 2021

Multiple sectors outperform as the COVID-19 pandemic wages on

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Investor’s Business Daily (IBD), a leading financial news and research organization, today announced its list of the 100 Best Companies of 2021. Companies were selected based on stock performance throughout the year as the economy recovered from COVID-19’s initial jolt. GameStop claimed the top spot on the 2021 list, up 687.63% over 2020. The listmakers came from diverse sectors: biotech, “meme” stocks and medical companies featured prominently on this year’s list, but so did financial, energy, retail, software and chip stocks.

“IBD’s Best Companies of 2021 reflect gains across multiple sectors after 2020’s massive COVID-19 disruption,” said IBD Managing Editor Susan Warfel. “What they have accomplished in uncertain times is impressive. Going forward, these companies will have their mettle tested again as they face new risks. Chief among them are inflation and potential flare ups from new strains of COVID.”

Interestingly, the year’s top company, GameStop, was not a leading stock in terms of fundamentals, but in terms of stock performance, a 99 Relative Strength Rating put it in the top 1% of all stocks. Other stocks, like Moderna among biotech companies and Callon Petroleum and Oasis among energy stocks, gained in part because of their fundamentals.

IBD meticulously tracks and analyzes market performance throughout the year using CAN SLIM, IBD’s time-tested, award-winning investing system that capitalizes on its proprietary metrics and database developed by founder William J. O’Neil. This investing method, which incorporates market timing, has a strong track record of helping investors stay in tune with the latest turns.

All 100 of the Best Companies of 2021 had an average daily trading volume of 100,000 shares or more and were priced at $12 or higher as the year began. Companies were ranked by their stock price gains in 2021. Closed-end funds were excluded.

By the Numbers: The Top 10

  • GameStop Corp. (GME)
  • Veritiv Corp. (VRTV)
  • Avis Budget Group Inc. (CAR)
  • Prothena Corp. PLC (PRTA)
  • Apollo Medical Holdings (AMEH)
  • ZIM Integrated Shipping Services (ZIM)
  • Dillards Inc. (DDS)
  • Upstart Holdings Inc. (UPST)
  • Customers Bancorp Inc. (CUBI)
  • Callon Petroleum Co. (CPE)

Additional details on the Best Companies can be found here. To view the complete list, please visit

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