It’s been an unforgettable year so far for equities investors and that’s triply true for shareholders in three emerging gold miners.

With the first three quarters of 2020 just about wrapped up, Pilbara-focused gold miner De Grey Mining (ASX:DEG); Canadian-based Auteco Minerals (ASX:AUT) and Pilbara and Nevada-focused lithium, nickel and gold explorer Caeneus Minerals (ASX:CAD) have been the top performers year-to-date. Their shares are up 25, 15 and 14-fold, respectively.

Code Name Price Return YTD Market cap (millions)
DEG De Grey Mining 1.275 24 1600
AUT Auteco Minerals 0.135 14 211
CAD Caeneus Minerals 0.014 13 54.9
MMM Marley Spoon 2.73 9.92 517
VUL Vulcan Energy 1.22 6.87 80
CHN Chalice Gold Mines 2.4 9.67 738
MHC Manhattan Corp 0.046 8.2 61
BRN Brainchip 0.415 7.83 653
3DP Pointerra 0.485 7.82 325
PDI Predictive Discovery 0.069 7.74 56.8
AUR Auris Minerals 0.115 7.21 47
SRN Surefire Resources 0.02 7 12.6
DW8 Digital Wine Ventures 0.056 7 81
KAI Kairos Minerals 0.066 6.86 98
VUL Vulcan Energy Resources 1.125 6.26 80
OAR Oakdale Resources 0.024 5.67 39
MCT Metalicity 0.023 5.63 35
ADV Ariden Limited 0.025 5.25 52
MGV Musgrave Minerals 0.54 5.07 256
RIM Rimfire Pacific Mining 0.12 5 19
VOL Victory Offices 0.265 -0.833 22
OOO BetaShares Crude Oil Index ETF 2.824 0.826 n/a
OVT Ovato 0.1 -0.8 7.3
MOZ Mosaic Brands 0.485 -0.785 47
URF US Masters Residential Property Fund 0.19 -0.782 73
URW Uniball-Rodamco-Westfield 2.57 -0.77 595
BLY Boart Longyear Limited 0.39 -0.76 34
EN1 engage:BDR Limited 0.006 -0.75 8.6
SXL Southern Cross Media Group 0.153 -0.746 396
M8S M8 Sustainable Limited 0.063 -0.726 11
OEL Otto Energy 0.009 -0.722 43
RDH Redhill Education 0.515 -0.721 26
DCG Decmil Group 0.056 -0.71 72
WBE Whitebank Energy 0.003 -0.7090000000000001 12
EXL Elixinol Global 0.145 -0.703 28
CFO CFOAM Limited 0.025 -0.7020000000000001 5
ONX Orminex 0.023 -0.6970000000000001 12
HCD Hydrocarbon Dymanics 0.026 -0.6940000000000001 9
ATS Australis Oil and Gas limited 0.025 -0.691 25
PO3 Purifloh 1.32 -0.6890000000000001 42
Code Name Price Return YTD Market cap (millions)

It’s also been a great year for Marley Spoon (ASX:MMM), which is up nearly tenfold since the start of the year as the coronavirus crisis boosted both e-commerce and homecooked meals.

Facebook stock-tipping favourites Brainchip Holdings (ASX:BRN), Pointerra (ASX:3DP), Digital Wine Ventures (ASX:DW8) and Oakdale Resources (ASX:OAR) are all up between eight and sixfold in 2020.

Not so victorious

On the flip side, furnished office and coworking space provider Victory Offices (ASX:VOL) has had a miserable 2020. Its shares were trading on Monday at 26c, about one-sixth of their value from the start of the year.

The company listed on the ASX in June 2019 after a $30 million float at $2 a share.

Victory chief financial officer Geoff Hollis told Stockhead that Covid-19 had had a significant impact on the company, but it had taken several measures to preserve cash and strengthen its balance sheet.

“As we move into Fy2021 the company is forecasting a gradual recovery in trading with a return to profitability in fy2022,” he wrote.

“We are of the view that flexible workspaces will become more strategically important to the way the world does business.”

Some others down 70, 80 per cent

Another company with a dismal 2020 is women’s fashion retailer Mosaic Brands (ASX:MOZ), which was struggling even before the pandemic. It has since closed hundreds of its stores, which include Autograph, Beme, Crossroads, Katies, Noni B and Rockmans.

Proving that large caps aren’t necessarily safer than small caps, ASX200 component Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield (ASX:URW) was the sixth-worst performer for the year of all ASX-listed companies when Stockhead compiled our list on Monday.

Its shares are down from $11.25 at the end of 2020 to $2.60. The $600m company owns shopping centres across Europe and the United States, mostly under the Westfield brand it shares with Scentre Group (ASX:SCG).

Shares in cannabis company Elixinol Global (ASX:EXL), recycling company M8 Sustainable (ASX:M8S) and embattled drill services company Boart Longyear (ASX:BLY) are all down between 70 and 80 per cent in 2020.

Best ASX shares picks for Q4

Bell Direct market analyst Jessica Amir expected October to be pretty volatile.

“I think it’s going to be bumpy with the election,” she said.

Election Day in America is November 3, but analysts are warning a final outcome between the contest between Donald Trump and Joe Biden might not be known for weeks.

With Brazilian iron ore giant Vale boosting product, “I think the miners will probably be facing some headwinds,” Amir said.

Amir said she saw stocks in the consumer staples, technology and health care doing well.

She named CSL (ASX:CSL), Nanosonics (ASX:NAN), and Pro Medicus (ASX:PME) as three healthcare shares that stand to do well.

In the consumer staples sector, Amir sees value in fruit grower Costa Group (ASX:CGC) and almond grower Select Harvest (ASX:SHV) with the country’s weather returning to normal and the drought easing.

And in the tech sector, Amir likes cloud companies Megaport (ASX:MP1) and Rhipe (ASX:RHP) and buy now, pay later operator Laybuy (ASX:LBY), a recent entrant to the ASX.