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Top Basic Materials Small-Cap Star for August 4 is Synergy Resources Corp (SYRG)

Investing in small-cap materials stocks can be tricky. The direction of the broader economy often plays a big role in their success, and notoriously unpredictable factors like mining output or commodity prices can often be key to maintaining margins. But equities.com's Small-Cap Stars, our proprietary list of those small-cap companies with metrics that are typically the most indicative of future success, gives investors a way to identify those companies that are best-positioned to ride out the tough times and make major gains in the good times.

Here's a look at the five top-performing basic materials Small-Cap Stars:

Synergy Resources Corp (SYRG)

Synergy Resources Corp gained 18.64% to $12.22. The gains came on a volume of 2,811,650 shares against an average daily volume of 1,322,700 shares. Synergy Resources Corp has had a trading range from $14.11 to $7.12 over the last year, its P/E ratio is 43.6, it has a 50-day SMA of $12.13, and a 200-day SMA of $10.53.

Synergy Resources Corp is an exploration stage company. It is engaged in oil and gas acquisitions, exploration, development and production activities.

Profire Energy Inc (PFIE)

Profire Energy Inc gained 10.22% to $3.56. The gains came on a volume of 274,718 shares against an average daily volume of 684,263 shares. Profire Energy Inc has had a trading range from $5.89 to $1.33 over the last year, its P/E ratio is 25.8, it has a 50-day SMA of $4.37, and a 200-day SMA of $3.88.

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.

Triangle Petroleum (TPLM)

Triangle Petroleum gained 8.41% to $11.08. The gains came on a volume of 2,425,320 shares against an average daily volume of 1,439,283 shares. Triangle Petroleum has had a trading range from $12.48 to $6.37 over the last year, its P/E ratio is 12.2, it has a 50-day SMA of $11.10, and a 200-day SMA of $9.61.

Triangle Petroleum Corp is an independent energy holding company. It has three main lines of business: oil and natural gas exploration, development and production; oilfield services; and midstream services.

Isramco Inc. (ISRL)

Isramco Inc. gained 6.3% to $117.06. The gains came on a volume of 993 shares against an average daily volume of 1,101 shares. Isramco Inc. has had a trading range from $157.99 to $104.10 over the last year, it has a 50-day SMA of $129.26, and a 200-day SMA of $130.43.

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 5.76% to $4.96. The gains came on a volume of 252,534 shares against an average daily volume of 554,801 shares. Miller Energy Resources has had a trading range from $8.97 to $4.40 over the last year, it has a 50-day SMA of $5.32, and a 200-day SMA of $6.27.

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.

Equities.com's Small-Cap Stars - Stocks Made From Sterner Stuff

Investing in small-cap materials stocks is a high-risk, high-reward proposition much of the time. Often, the best way to approach the sector is simply limiting the number of misses as much as possible. And that's what the equities.com Small-Cap Stars system does.

By looking at past success stories among basic materials small caps, the Small-Cap Stars system can identify what level several dozen metrics were at among those successful companies and determine which of those factors were the most predictive of future success. We then precisely construct a carefully balanced screen through advanced statistical regression that will identify those companies that currently have the most in common with those that succeeded in the past immediately before those stocks took off.

Among the traits our system found the most revealing of a strong materials company 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 4:30 pm ET.

Source: Equities.com News (August 4, 2014 - 10:36 AM EDT)

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