With just three trading days left in 2021, the results are in: Yahoo Finance users visited AMC Entertainment Holdings (AMC) ticker page 194,914,925 times this year — making it the site’s most trending ticker of 2021.
Here are the top 10 tickers that round out the list.
1. AMC Entertainment Holdings (AMC)
Passing Tesla with a staggering 30 million views, it’s fitting that AMC would land on top of the heap — and unsurprisingly — in a year when retailers rose to become an unprecedented driving force in the market. AMC monkeys maintain impressive gains of about 1250% this year, although the stock is down 60% from its all-time high of $72.62 in June.
Yahoo Finance Top 10 US Listed Trending Tickers of 2021
2. Tesla (TSLA)
After making a 740% gain last year, 2021 was a more rocky year for the legendary EV maker. To start the year, Tesla quickly rose 25% in January, but then fell 35%. Investors eventually took the stock to new all-time highs in October, peaking at $1,243.49 in November. The company also exceeded $1 trillion in market capitalization, passing Meta Platforms (FB) to become the fifth largest US-listed company.
3. Game stop (GME)
GameStop will likely hold a special place in merchants’ hearts, as the original retail bet that gathered Reddit crowds – turning WallStreetBets and Roaring Kitty into household names. Stimulus checks pouring into newly christened Robinhood accounts took Wall Street and its regulators by surprise. Melvin Capital Management crystallized the multi-billion dollar short squeeze with a spectacular bust and margin call, while the resulting congressional hearings became must-see TV (who can forget Roaring Kitty explaining, “I’m not a cat”). GameStop is up over 700% as 2021 draws to a close.
4. Apple (AAPL)
The iPhone maker is a fixture of Yahoo Finance’s trending ticker page – it stayed at the top for years before GameStop and dogecoin (DOGE-USD) exploded on the list this year. It’s been a volatile year for growth stocks at times, but the nearly $3 trillion company continues to forge record highs through the end of the year. As the company benefits from tailwinds from the iPhone 13 5G replacement cycle and the expanding ecosystem, Wall Street analysts are already looking to augmented reality and the much-discussed Apple Car (not its official name) as future growth engines. Apple is up 35% over the year.
Yahoo Finance top 10 trending tickers from May 2019 to May 2021.
5. Nio (NIO)
Investors had a torrid trading year, with the stock losing 38%. The company took a double whammy as many of the smaller EV companies peaked in the first quarter and then got hammered. Nio also joined a laundry list of Chinese companies whose share price came under pressure from Chinese and US authorities. While Nio has escaped many of the criticisms plaguing his Chinese counterparts such as Alibaba (BABA) and Tencent (TCEHY), investors are grappling with the possibility that more Chinese companies in the US will be delisted and return to their homeland.
6. Dow Jones Industrial Average (^DJI)
The Peoples’ Index rose nearly 5,700 points, or more than 18% this year, lagging the 27% gain forged by the S&P 500. The best-performing components are a unique mix of growth, value and defensive stocks. Microsoft (MSFT) and Home Depot (HD) are each at the top 50%, while Goldman Sachs (GS) is up nearly as much. Meanwhile, UnitedHealth (UNH), Cisco (CSCO) and Chevron (CVX) are each up more than 40%. Disney (DIS) is the biggest laggard, with a drop of 14%. Also in red are the likes of Verizon (VZ), Boeing (BA) and Honeywell (HON).
Dow Industrials — YTD Component Performance (as of December 28, 2021)
After rising nearly 300% in 2020, the largest crypto by market cap is entering a more subdued, but respectable 2021 – up 65%. But some of his colleagues knock it out of the park. Hex (HEX-USD) rose to prominence on the ethereum network, gaining more than 2,000%. But with continued high gas tariffs on the network, competitor Solana (SOL-USD) took the prize – up a staggering 9,800% this year. Even ogecoin is sitting at a 3,000% gain (although few investors bought before Musk brought the coin to the fore).
8. Nvidia Corp. (NVDA)
In a year dominated by headlines about chip shortages, Nvidia blew the competition away with a 130% performance that took it to a mega team cap. It now has a market cap of $750 billion, surpassing S&P 500 component peers UnitedHealth, JPMorgan (JPM), Visa (V) and Johnson & Johnson (JNJ).
9. Alibaba (BABA)
US-listed Chinese companies faced a variety of legal and regulatory issues this year that span the two countries. In December, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission finalized rules to scrap companies that fail to provide acceptable audit evidence — capping a multi-year process for issues raised during the Trump administration. In China, investors started the year nervous after authorities withdrew what would have been Ant Financial’s largest-ever IPO in 2020. The Chinese government raised the bar in 2021 when it criticized the Didi Global (DIDI) IPO just days after its listing, ultimately forcing the company on a path to delist in the US and likely go public. in Hong Kong. Alibaba shares are down 50% this year.
10. Amazon (AMZN)
Amazon stocks doubled in price early in the pandemic recovery from lows, but momentum peaked towards the end of Q2 2020. Since then, it has mostly traded sideways, although it has reached nominal new highs in 2021. The fourth largest US stocks by market capitalization continues to attract the attention of investors and regulators alike. Just last week, its cloud unit, Amazon Web Services (AWS), drew regulatory oversight from the Federal Trade Commission, adding to the litany of investigations and hearings on its business units.
Jared Blikre is an anchor and reporter focused on the markets on Yahoo Finance Live. follow him @SPYJared
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