Top Stocks of 2020: A Quick Review

Global Trends

Data regarding investing trends in 2020 have been coming to light and many of the stocks underlying Leverage Shares’ ETPs have generated interest from investors of all classes. As of January 29, 2021, 14 stocks underlying 34 of our S&L ETPs feature in the Top 50 List in terms of average 3-month volume traded across all US exchanges:

Company Average 3-Month Volume (Rank) 3x ETP 2x ETP -1x ETP
Apple 4
AMD 13
Tesla 14
Microsoft 17
Alibaba ADR 18
Uber 21
Facebook 23
JPMorgan 28
Salesforce.com 34
Visa 37
NVIDIA 40
Netflix 43
Amazon 45
Alphabet 47
In terms of best-performing stocks, 7 stocks underlying 19 of our ETPs feature in the Top 10 list of stocks at Nasdaq with the best year-to-date (YTD) returns:

Company Stock 3x ETP 2x ETP -1x ETP
Tesla 743% 2,240% -91%
NVIDIA 122% 133% 235% -40%
AMD 100% 157% -53%
Apple 80% 246% 158% -46%
Amazon 76% 85% 159% -32%
Microsoft 41% 48% 58% -23%
Facebook 33% 28% 35% -25%
Note: blue indicates that the product’s YTD returns were calculated from the date of launch (Tesla ETPs: in April 2020; others: in June 2020) till the end of the year.

By the YTD statistics, it is evident that it was not a great year for bearish products such as the inverse ETPs, while the leveraged products did very well (considering the bull market scenario from April 2020 until the final quarter of 2020). However, please refer to our article regarding market sentiments to see some examples of how our inverse products generated significant gains in short-term bearish scenarios.

Globally as well in Europe, the stocks underlying our ETPs continue to be exceptionally well-represented. eToro, a trading platform operating in 140 countries, showed 9 companies in its Top 20 Most Traded Stocks of 2020, which in turn underlie 27 of our ETPs:
Company 2020 Position
Tesla 2
Apple 3
Amazon 4
Microsoft 5
Facebook 7
Alphabet 8
Alibaba 9
NVIDIA 10
AMD 11
Netflix 14
European Focus

European investors in 2020 tended to invest in “hype” stocks and companies that gained prominence due to the pandemic. For example, Nio is a prime example of a “hype” stock which, following its public listing in Q4 2019, went on a fiery ride up the charts in 2020 following encouraging R&D results and ambitious plans that promised to put it at par with its rival Tesla (which also had a stellar year with nearly similar public interest).

Companies with products and services that catered to pandemic-related complications such as the work-from-home situation and vaccine development feature prominently in European investors’ favoured stock. As a result, Amazon, Shopify, PayPal, Square, Zoom, Netflix, Microsoft, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Pfizer were prized by European investors.

Most European brokers show a highly substantial overlap when it comes to US stocks – with a large number of the most-popular stocks underlying our ETPs. For instance, Trading 212’s ‘Hotlist’ – which ranks the Top 25 stocks based on the number of investors – features 10 stocks underlying 27 of our ETPs as of 26.01.2021:
Company Rank
Tesla 1
Apple 3
Amazon 4
Microsoft 8
Netflix 9
Alibaba 10
NVIDIA 11
AMD 12
Alphabet 14
Facebook 17
Similarly, Interactive Investors’ Top 50 List for FY 2020 features 10 stocks underlying 24 of our ETPs:

Company Rank
Tesla 2
Alibaba 3
Apple 4
Amazon 6
Microsoft 14
NVIDIA 16
AMD 23
Facebook 28
Salesforce.com 29

In Conclusion

Our mission at Leverage Shares is to create trading vehicles that make gaining exposure to investor favourites a hassle-free process. We are delighted to see that most of the stocks underlying our ETPs have been some of the most heavily-traded and top performing stocks of 2020.

With market volatility not expected to subside anytime soon, we will continue to listen to our investors and bring additional products to market based on the feedback we receive. In the meantime, our current range has a list of offerings that may be suitable for both bulls and bears to navigate the current economic environment. The full suite of our ETPs can be found here.

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