With the ongoing focus on climate change, rising natural gas prices, and the ever increasing interest in renewable energy technologies, energy stocks have grabbed the attention of many investors. To find out which companies are leading the sector, we looked at the universe of energy companies in the US and abroad. We reviewed companies in the oil & gas industry as well utility companies, independent power producers, energy trading companies, and companies engaged in the renewable energy sector. After analyzing 700+ companies in this sphere, we identified which companies with a market cap greater than $5 billion are the top performing energy stocks (50% gain or more) so far in 2021. The resulting list contains 13 energy stocks with gains ranging from 50% to 195% and an average of 84%.
Best Energy Stocks Table Description: The following table includes and can be sorted on: company name, market cap, dividend yield, intraday stock price, and the intraday stock price percent change. This live table is updated throughout the trading day. To be alerted when our 2021 Best Energy Stocks table is updated, sign up for our free Dogs of the Dow Newsletter.
Best Energy Stocks FAQ
What are the best energy stocks?
The best energy stocks so far in 2021 are Antero, Cameco, Continental Resources, Devon, Diamondback, Energy Transfer, EQT, Marathon Oil, Occidental, Ovintiv, PetroChina, Targa Resources, and Texas Pacific Land.
Who is the largest top performing energy company in the US?
The midstream energy company Energy Transfer is the largest energy company in the US on our 2021 Best Energy Stocks List with a market cap above $25 billion.
Do energy stocks pay dividends?
Several energy companies stocks do pay dividends. In fact, 11 of our 2021 best energy stocks pay between 0.2% and 7.3% but as you can see the payout range is wide.
Is there an energy index?
Yes. The S&P 500 Energy Index tracks US energy companies that are classified in the GICS energy sector. This index tracks US companies engaged in all aspects of the oil & gas and coal & consumable fuel sectors. There is also the S&P 500 Utilities Sector Index which includes utilities as well as independent power producers and energy traders. On the clean energy side, the S&P Global Clean Energy Index tracks global clean energy-related businesses.
Is there an energy ETF?
There are several ETFs that track the energy sector. The largest energy ETF is the Energy Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLE) with over $20 billion in AUM (assets under management). In the renewable energy sector, the iShares Global Clean Energy ETF (ICLN) offers exposure to clean energy companies in the US and abroad.