Sunday 3 January 2021

30 Publicly Traded Materials Stocks - 2020 Performance and Outlook

The eventful year 2020 is over and it is time to look how 30 publicly listed material companies have performed.

The “Corona-Crash” hit bottom in March 2020 (around 16-18th) and with it the S&P 500 Index dropped around 34%. Central banks in the USA and EU reacted fast and flushed the markets with money to stabilize the situation – with success!

The S&P 500 Index recovered in a V-shape in a month and most stocks rose again. Travel, leisure and oil kept a much slower recovery, since those sectors are still heavily impacted by the Corona Pandemic.

Overall materials performance

The Vanguard Materials ETF, which tracks the performance of a benchmark index that measures the investment return of stocks in the materials sector, closes with a 20% return in 2020.

30 material stock companies in detail

18 out of the 30 stocks could make gains for their shareholders (date of estimation: 02.01.2021).

This year, we will see a growth in resin demand. However material companies still feel the recession in the US and European markets. The plastics industry played a key part in battling the Covid-19 crises by supplying resins for various healthcare applications. This calmed the rage against plastics.

In the long-term, the plastics industry counts with a yearly polyolefin market growth of 3 to 4% per year, since the world population is growing and access to clean water over the piping systems is in high demand, as well as medical care products and electronics.

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