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Lapolla Industries Inc (LPAD) is Top Materials Small-Cap Star for April 20 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:

Lapolla Industries Inc ($LPAD)

Lapolla Industries Inc gained 13.51% to $0.42 in morning trading today. Volume reached 3,000 by noon. The stock's average daily volume is 10,209 shares. Lapolla Industries Inc has a 52-week high of $0.62 and a 52-week low of $0.28, and its 50-day SMA and 200-day SMA are $0.41 and $0.43 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.

Miller Energy Resources ($MILL)

Miller Energy Resources gained 5.39% to $1.08 in morning trading today. Volume reached 148,568 by noon. The stock's average daily volume is 805,181 shares. Miller Energy Resources has a 52-week high of $6.60 and a 52-week low of $0.62, and its 50-day SMA and 200-day SMA are $1.34 and $2.92 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.

Tesco Corp. ($TESO)

Tesco Corp. gained 4.38% to $12.86 in morning trading today. Volume reached 202,905 by noon. The stock's average daily volume is 499,555 shares. Tesco Corp. has a 52-week high of $22.50 and a 52-week low of $9.53, its P/E ratio is 23.2, and its 50-day SMA and 200-day SMA are $11.19 and $15.41 respectively.

Tesco Corp is engaged in designing, manufacturing and service delivery of technology based solutions for the upstream energy industry. Its products and service offerings consist of equipment sales and services to drilling contractors.

Gastar Exploration ($GST)

Gastar Exploration gained 4.06% to $3.33 in morning trading today. Volume reached 337,518 by noon. The stock's average daily volume is 732,472 shares. Gastar Exploration has a 52-week high of $9.10 and a 52-week low of $1.89, its P/E ratio is 5.8, and its 50-day SMA and 200-day SMA are $2.82 and $4.45 respectively.

Gastar Exploration Inc is an independent energy company. It is engaged in the exploration, development and production of oil, condensate, natural gas and NGLs in the US.

American Midstream Partners Lp ($AMID)

American Midstream Partners Lp gained 3.54% to $17.75 in morning trading today. Volume reached 52,036 by noon. The stock's average daily volume is 50,351 shares. American Midstream Partners Lp has a 52-week high of $32.01 and a 52-week low of $15.71, and its 50-day SMA and 200-day SMA are $17.75 and $22.90 respectively.

American Midstream Partners LP owns, operates, develops and acquires a portfolio of natural gas midstream energy assets The Company is engaged in the business of gathering, treating, processing, fractionating and transporting.

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 (April 20, 2015 - 9:20 AM EDT)

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