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Lapolla Industries Inc (LPAD) is Top Materials Small-Cap Star for February 19 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 8.29% to $0.44 in morning trading today. Volume reached 49,750 by noon. The stock's average daily volume is 26,465 shares. Lapolla Industries Inc has a 52-week high of $0.72 and a 52-week low of $0.28, and its 50-day SMA and 200-day SMA are $0.37 and $0.45 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.

Goodrich Petroleum Corp. (GDP)

Goodrich Petroleum Corp. gained 4.04% to $4.30 in morning trading today. Volume reached 2,263,150 by noon. The stock's average daily volume is 3,905,276 shares. Goodrich Petroleum Corp. has a 52-week high of $30.52 and a 52-week low of $2.35, and its 50-day SMA and 200-day SMA are $3.58 and $14.72 respectively.

Goodrich Petroleum Corp is an independent oil & natural gas company engaged in the exploration, development & production of oil & natural gas on properties in South Texas, Northwest Louisiana & East Texas & Southwest Mississippi & Southeast Louisiana.

Westmoreland Coal Company (WLB)

Westmoreland Coal Company gained 2.9% to $29.83 in morning trading today. Volume reached 19,391 by noon. The stock's average daily volume is 139,661 shares. Westmoreland Coal Company has a 52-week high of $45.19 and a 52-week low of $20.30, and its 50-day SMA and 200-day SMA are $30.91 and $35.39 respectively.

Westmoreland Coal Co is an energy company. The Company's main activities are the production and sale of coal from its mines in Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota and Texas; and the ownership of power plants in North Carolina.

Miller Energy Resources (MILL)

Miller Energy Resources gained 2.54% to $2.02 in morning trading today. Volume reached 537,124 by noon. The stock's average daily volume is 812,479 shares. Miller Energy Resources has a 52-week high of $7.43 and a 52-week low of $0.94, and its 50-day SMA and 200-day SMA are $1.32 and $3.73 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.

Senomyx Inc. (SNMX)

Senomyx Inc. gained 2.11% to $6.28 in morning trading today. Volume reached 37,224 by noon. The stock's average daily volume is 277,127 shares. Senomyx Inc. has a 52-week high of $12.74 and a 52-week low of $4.77, and its 50-day SMA and 200-day SMA are $5.62 and $7.03 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 (February 19, 2015 - 6:20 AM EST)

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