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The year of Bitcoin, blockchain, rising energy prices and … er … used car dealers

A look at the best performing shares of 2021. In so far as there is a trend to discern from the list of winners it looks like the year of blockchain.

It’s the end of the year and as per usual I have been asked to write about the best performing shares of the year.

That is, the year just gone. It occurs to me that this article would be a lot more useful if I could tell you what the best performing shares of next year will be but if I could do that, I would not be sitting here writing this article.

So, let’s crack on.

In so far as there is a trend to discern from the list of winners it looks like the year of blockchain. GSTechnologies Ltd (LSE:GST), Quantum Blockchain PLC and Argo Blockchain PLC (LSE:ARB, OTCQX:ARBKF, NASDAQ:ARBK, ETR:0XP), all of which smashed it for six this year – six sixes in a row in the case of GSTechnologies and Quantum Blockchain.

As per usual, there is the usual smattering of resource stocks in the top 20, while unusually there are two car dealers in the top 30 (we only list the top 20 below but if we did do the top 30, Marshall Motor Holdings PLC (AIM:MMH), up 180%, would have been listed at number 26).

RankCompany%chg YTDOstensible reason for rise
1GSTechnologies Ltd (LSE:GST)1250Blockchain specialist Jack Bai took over the helm in October
2Quantum Blockchain Technologies PLC (AIM:QBT)1070Bitcoin, baby. Even more so than garlic bread, it’s the future …
3Zephyr Energy PLC723Rose Petroleum by another name but (with a nod to Shakespeare) smelling a lot sweeter in this guise
4AudioBoom Group PLC414Lockdown favourite saw off a bid approach from private equity
5Petroneft Resources PLC (AIM:PTR, OTC:PNFTF)408Rising energy prices.
6Plaza Centers NV400Major capital restructuring and strategic shift
7One Heritage Group PLC (LSE:OHG)317Speculative buying in January shortly after the IPO mystified the directors
8 ADVFN (AIM:AFN) PLC279Battle for control of the financial information provider
9AssetCo PLC (AIM:ASTO)277Change its business strategy to the development of an asset and wealth management business
10Vertu Capital Ltd271Cash shell finally found someone it wanted to buy
11CyanConnode Holdings PLC (AIM:CYAN)251The potentially immense market opportunity in India “is starting to translate into large orders, accelerating shipment volumes, exceptionally strong revenue growth and cash inflows”
12Premier African Minerals Ltd (AIM:PREM)241Progress at Zulu project
13Critical Metals PLC (LSE:CRTM)233Floated in September 2020, it is looking to complete its first investment in first quarter of 2022
14Lookers PLC (LSE:LOOK)212Chip shortage has hit production of new cars and put some zip into the used car market
15Argo Blockchain PLC (LSE:ARB, OTCQX:ARBKF, NASDAQ:ARBK, ETR:0XP)211Argo out-ranked Lloyds Banking and BP to take third-place in the ‘top five most actively traded stocks’ on Fidelity’s platform during the year
16 Aeorema Communications (AIM:AEO) PLC206Live events agency shifts focus to providing virtual online conferences
17Great Eastern Energy Corp PLC206Coal bed methane specialist has benefited from rising gas prices
18Golden Rock Global PLC (LSE:GCG)196SPAC-mania. Investment vehicle is lined up to acquire BOLT Global, a blockchain-based media and decentralised finance ecosystem
19Universe Group195Takeover by Inform Information Systems Limited
2088 Energy Ltd (AIM:88E, ASX:88E, OTC:EEENF)193Rising energy prices. Company is on-track to spud the Merlin-2 appraisal well in February 2022

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2021-12-29 03:00:00

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