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Top Basic Materials Small-Cap Star for March 26 is Gevo Inc. (GEVO)

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:

Gevo Inc. (GEVO)

Gevo Inc. gained 8.03% to $0.27. The gains came on a volume of 3,467,090 shares against an average daily volume of 6,374,388 shares. Gevo Inc. has had a trading range from $1.34 to $0.12 over the last year, it has a 50-day SMA of $0.24, and a 200-day SMA of $0.43.

Gevo Inc is a renewable chemicals and advanced biofuels company focused on the development and commercialization of alternatives to petroleum-based products based on isobutanol produced from renewable feedstocks.

Willbros Group Inc. (WG)

Willbros Group Inc. gained 7.89% to $3.42. The gains came on a volume of 1,189,550 shares against an average daily volume of 1,050,399 shares. Willbros Group Inc. has had a trading range from $13.69 to $1.50 over the last year, it has a 50-day SMA of $5.65, and a 200-day SMA of $7.89.

Willbros Group Inc is a specialty energy infrastructure contractor serving the oil, gas, refinery, petrochemical and power industries. It operates through three business segments; Utility T&D, Oil & Gas, Canada and Professional Services.

Detrex Corp (DTRX)

Detrex Corp gained 7.82% to $28.25. The gains came on a volume of 1,023 shares against an average daily volume of 181 shares. Detrex Corp has had a trading range from $36.50 to $26.20 over the last year, it has a 50-day SMA of $30.50, and a 200-day SMA of $32.28.

Detrex Corp manufactures industrial and construction products which include automobiles, lubricants, farm implements, appliances and ordinance materials, computers, telecommunications, aerospace and optical products.

Triangle Petroleum (TPLM)

Triangle Petroleum gained 4.25% to $5.40. The gains came on a volume of 1,542,270 shares against an average daily volume of 1,363,803 shares. Triangle Petroleum has had a trading range from $12.48 to $3.10 over the last year, its P/E ratio is 7.6, it has a 50-day SMA of $5.18, and a 200-day SMA of $8.08.

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.

Miller Energy Resources (MILL)

Miller Energy Resources gained 4.06% to $0.80. The gains came on a volume of 1,057,150 shares against an average daily volume of 573,312 shares. Miller Energy Resources has had a trading range from $6.60 to $0.74 over the last year, it has a 50-day SMA of $1.40, and a 200-day SMA of $3.28.

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 (March 26, 2015 - 11:36 AM EDT)

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