Bitcoin is all the rage, but there are also a handful of stocks that have equaled the digital currency’s gravity-defying surge this year. Lesser-known companies trading on stock exchanges in Japan, Hong Kong and India have seen their share prices soar at least 1,000 percent, matching the cryptocurrency’s ascent. A screening of global equities shows just four of these stocks after excluding those with insufficient trading volume, tiny capitalizations or from troubled Venezuela.
The first is Pepper Food Service Co., a restaurant chain in Japan known for its steaks and pork cutlets, that’s seen its market value swell to more than $1 billion from less than $100 million at the start of this year. Another is India’s HEG Ltd., which has ridden the boom in graphite electrodes, an essential component of electric arc furnaces that turn scrap into steel. Also in India, Indiabulls Ventures Ltd., a pioneer in online securities trading that’s building out its consumer lending business, is up 1,162 percent.
Last but not least is China Investment Fund, which trades in Hong Kong. That’s a turnaround story of an investment firm which holds stakes in a gold mine and an auto parts company in China. The stock, up the most among the four with a 1,230 percent climb, was added to the MSCI Global Small Cap Index this month.