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Isramco Inc. (ISRL) is Top Materials Small-Cap Star for July 24 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:

Isramco Inc. (ISRL)

Isramco Inc. gained 4.12% to $131.20 in morning trading today. Volume reached 57 by noon. The stock's average daily volume is 1,323 shares. Isramco Inc. has a 52-week high of $157.99 and a 52-week low of $104.06, and its 50-day SMA and 200-day SMA are $129.67 and $130.49 respectively.

Isramco Inc is an independent oil and natural gas company, engaged in the exploration, development and production of predominately oil and natural gas properties located onshore in the United States and off shore Israel.

Miller Energy Resources (MILL)

Miller Energy Resources gained 3.25% to $5.41 in morning trading today. Volume reached 314,880 by noon. The stock's average daily volume is 515,570 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 $5.31 and $6.37 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.

Rentech Nitrogen Partners (RNF)

Rentech Nitrogen Partners gained 3.03% to $17.00 in morning trading today. Volume reached 56,632 by noon. The stock's average daily volume is 85,297 shares. Rentech Nitrogen Partners has a 52-week high of $32.99 and a 52-week low of $15.29, and its 50-day SMA and 200-day SMA are $16.49 and $18.65 respectively.

Rentech Nitrogen Partners LP is a nitrogen fertilizer manufacturer. The Company produce primarily ammonia and urea ammonium nitrate solution, or UAN.

Profire Energy Inc (PFIE)

Profire Energy Inc gained 2.31% to $3.98 in morning trading today. Volume reached 24,669 by noon. The stock's average daily volume is 723,699 shares. Profire Energy Inc has a 52-week high of $5.89 and a 52-week low of $1.31, its P/E ratio is 32, and its 50-day SMA and 200-day SMA are $4.43 and $3.84 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.

Lapolla Industries Inc (LPAD)

Lapolla Industries Inc gained 1.98% to $0.52 in morning trading today. Volume reached 4,000 by noon. The stock's average daily volume is 9,271 shares. Lapolla Industries Inc has a 52-week high of $0.78 and a 52-week low of $0.22, and its 50-day SMA and 200-day SMA are $0.51 and $0.55 respectively.

LaPolla Industries Inc is a manufacturer and distributor of foam, coatings, and equipment, focused on developing and commercializing foam and coatings targeted at commercial and industrial and residential applications.

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 (July 24, 2014 - 6:05 AM EDT)

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