Overall, the ASX will finish 2021 with a 12% gain, with the 100 best performers gaining 190% or more.

Of 2021’s best performers, 59 ASX stocks came from resources, 16 from energy, 5 from consumer stocks, 3 each for financials and industrials, 8 in health, 2 in tech and 4 in telcos.

Seven companies were +10-baggers — and all of them came from resources and energy.

Here are 2021’s 100 best performers on the ASX:

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2021’s top three best performers on the ASX

By far and away the best performer on the ASX is ViaGold Rare Earths Resources (ASX:VIA) which is sitting on a gain of 7043% in 12 months.

Backed with a major shareholding by China state-owned enterprise Guangdong Rare Earths Industry Group Co, ViaGold carries out rare earths processing in the China. It also has a car leasing business, for some reason.

While the company has had little news flow, it has rocketed from 2.8 cents to $2 this year. Unfortunately for shareholders, it has been suspended since mid-October with the ASX wanting to know more about a memorandum of understanding unveiled after the share price spiked.

The second best performer on the ASX with a 1694% gain, is Red Hill Iron (ASX:RHI). The catalyst for this company’s gain were the unveiling of plans sell its 40% interest in the 820 million tonne Red Hill Iron Ore Joint Venture (RHIOJV) to miner Mineral Resources (ASX:MIN) for $400 million.

Red Hill will also be paid a royalty of 0.75% on all iron ore revenue and keep the mineral rights for all other commodities.

There are several lithium stocks in this years top 100, with the standout being North America-focused project developer Sayona Mining (ASX:SYA), which is up 1,544%.

VIA, RHI and SYA share price charts:


Other winners

Another hot investment thematic in 2021 was green energy. Outside resources the best performer on the ASX was The Environmental Group (ASX:EGL) which is up 803%.

EGL is a profit generating small cap with five divisions. One is Total Air Pollution Control (TAPC), which has technology used to “scrub off” certain pollutants at industrial sites that aren’t allowed to be released. Another is water treatment company, EGL Water.

After being one of 2020’s best performing ASX IPOs, luxury ecommerce outlet Cettire (ASX:CTT) backed it up in 2021 after gaining another 640%.

It listed last year at a time when the ecommerce sector was running hot and while some companies such as Kogan (ASX:KGN) have plummeted as growth slowed or supply chain issues hit, Cettire has continued to perform.

In its most recent trading update, Cettire reported a 172% gain in revenue in the four months to October 31, from $21.3 million to $57.8 million. Its active customers and number of orders both more than tripled.

In biotechs, top performers on the ASX include Actinogen (ASX:ACW) and Neuren Pharmaceuticals (ASX:NEU), which both target neurological diseases.

Neuren gained from success in a Phase III trial of its own drug, while Actinogen’s key catalyst was the FDA’s first ever approval of an Alzheimer’s  drug earlier this year – a disease Actinogen is targeting.

It’s also been a solid year for virtual reality and defence stock xReality Group (ASX:XRG) which gained from hype about the so-called ‘metaverse’.The company also made some big moves this year, including opening more VR game facilities and acquiring VR game developer Red Cartel.

While 2021 hasn’t been the most exciting year for cannabis companies – especially those striving to produce CBD products for Australian pharmacies – it was a good year for Emyria (ASX:EMD).

This company welcomed Andrew Forrest as a substantial shareholder and, after initially working with Cann Group (ASX:CAN) to develop a CBD product, opted to split up in August to pursue registration independently.

In the oil and gas space Red Sky Energy (ASX:ROG) was one winner continuing to excite shareholders with its operations at the Killanoola oil project in South Australia.

Other winners share price charts: