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Charles & Colvard Ltd (CTHR) is Top Materials Small-Cap Star for August 13 Morning Session

Small-cap materials stocks offer a distinctive risk profile, one tied to some unpredictable market factors. That's why equities.com's Small-Cap Stars, our proprietary list of those small-cap materials companies offering a promising profile of fundamentals, gives you another method for finding those companies most likely to make the best of the market they're in.

Here's a look at the five top-performing basic materials Small-Cap Stars as of noon on the east coast:

Charles & Colvard Ltd (CTHR)

Charles & Colvard Ltd gained 4.1% to $2.03 in morning trading today. Volume reached 43,521 by noon. The stock's average daily volume is 41,506 shares. Charles & Colvard Ltd has a 52-week high of $8.34 and a 52-week low of $1.70, and its 50-day SMA and 200-day SMA are $2.12 and $3.51 respectively.

Charles & Colvard Ltd is engaged in manufacturing, marketing and distribution of moissanite jewels, finished jewelry and fashion finished jewelry for sale in the international jewelry market.

Green Plains Inc. (GPRE)

Green Plains Inc. gained 3.3% to $42.20 in morning trading today. Volume reached 730,937 by noon. The stock's average daily volume is 1,281,545 shares. Green Plains Inc. has a 52-week high of $42.50 and a 52-week low of $13.78, its P/E ratio is 15.4, and its 50-day SMA and 200-day SMA are $35.26 and $26.21 respectively.

Green Plains Inc is a producer, marketer and distributor of ethanol. The Company has four separate operating segments: Ethanol Production; Corn Oil Production; Agribusiness and Marketing and Distribution.

Miller Energy Resources (MILL)

Miller Energy Resources gained 2.47% to $4.97 in morning trading today. Volume reached 85,833 by noon. The stock's average daily volume is 433,253 shares. Miller Energy Resources has a 52-week high of $8.97 and a 52-week low of $4.40, and its 50-day SMA and 200-day SMA are $5.27 and $6.16 respectively.

Miller Energy Resources Inc operates as an exploration and production company that utilizes seismic data and other technologies for geophysical exploration and development of oil and gas wells.

Profire Energy Inc (PFIE)

Profire Energy Inc gained 1.97% to $3.62 in morning trading today. Volume reached 31,683 by noon. The stock's average daily volume is 341,575 shares. Profire Energy Inc has a 52-week high of $5.89 and a 52-week low of $1.40, its P/E ratio is 28.6, and its 50-day SMA and 200-day SMA are $4.29 and $3.89 respectively.

Profire Energy Inc is engaged in the business of developing combustion management technologies for the oil and gas industry. It manufactures, installs and services oilfield combustion management technologies and related products.

Senomyx Inc. (SNMX)

Senomyx Inc. gained 1.66% to $7.37 in morning trading today. Volume reached 51,904 by noon. The stock's average daily volume is 474,641 shares. Senomyx Inc. has a 52-week high of $12.74 and a 52-week low of $2.95, and its 50-day SMA and 200-day SMA are $7.95 and $7.29 respectively.

Senomyx Inc discovers, develops and commercializes flavor ingredients for the packaged food, beverage and ingredient supply industries by including savory and cooling flavors and flavor modulators, such as sweet and salt modifiers and bitter blockers.

Equities.com's Small-Cap Stars - What a Solid Portfolio is Made Of

Small-cap materials stocks can be a tricky game to play, one where macroeconomic trends and fickle commodities prices can play a big role. The best plan of attack is usually to identify a successful, repeatable system for identifying strong companies and then just sticking to it. That's what the Small-Cap Stars does. By using a complex statistical regression to compare previously successful small-cap materials companies, the system can create a profile of fundamental metrics that should be predictive of future success and then grade current companies on how closely they resemble that model.

Among the metrics we found to have the strongest indication of future growth were a low ratio of enterprise value to sales, a low effective tax rate, and a high ROE-cost of equity.

All data provided by QuoteMedia and was accurate as of 12:00 pm ET.

Source: Equities.com News (August 13, 2014 - 6:05 AM EDT)

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