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Gevo Inc. (GEVO) is Top Materials Small-Cap Star for February 12 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:

Gevo Inc. (GEVO)

Gevo Inc. gained 6.94% to $0.17 in morning trading today. Volume reached 10,141,200 by noon. The stock's average daily volume is 2,351,537 shares. Gevo Inc. has a 52-week high of $1.55 and a 52-week low of $0.12, and its 50-day SMA and 200-day SMA are $0.29 and $0.53 respectively.

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.

Triangle Petroleum (TPLM)

Triangle Petroleum gained 6.43% to $5.79 in morning trading today. Volume reached 1,082,020 by noon. The stock's average daily volume is 1,961,319 shares. Triangle Petroleum has a 52-week high of $12.48 and a 52-week low of $3.10, its P/E ratio is 7.6, and its 50-day SMA and 200-day SMA are $4.87 and $8.76 respectively.

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.

Profire Energy Inc (PFIE)

Profire Energy Inc gained 5.41% to $2.73 in morning trading today. Volume reached 66,647 by noon. The stock's average daily volume is 188,340 shares. Profire Energy Inc has a 52-week high of $5.89 and a 52-week low of $2.08, its P/E ratio is 23.3, and its 50-day SMA and 200-day SMA are $2.49 and $3.69 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.

Green Plains Inc. (GPRE)

Green Plains Inc. gained 4.96% to $26.39 in morning trading today. Volume reached 643,733 by noon. The stock's average daily volume is 1,363,689 shares. Green Plains Inc. has a 52-week high of $46.28 and a 52-week low of $20.31, its P/E ratio is 6.3, and its 50-day SMA and 200-day SMA are $24.03 and $32.08 respectively.

Green Plains Inc is a producer, marketer and distributor of ethanol. The Company has four separate operating segments: Ethanol Production; Corn Oil Production; Agribusiness and Marketing and Distribution.

Miller Energy Resources (MILL)

Miller Energy Resources gained 4.79% to $1.97 in morning trading today. Volume reached 243,752 by noon. The stock's average daily volume is 805,445 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 $1.29 and $3.78 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.

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 12, 2015 - 6:20 AM EST)

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