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Goodrich Petroleum Corp. (GDP) is Top Materials Small-Cap Star for April 9 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:

Goodrich Petroleum Corp. ($GDP)

Goodrich Petroleum Corp. gained 4.63% to $3.84 in morning trading today. Volume reached 674,985 by noon. The stock's average daily volume is 3,812,636 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 $3.42 and $10.80 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.

Harvest Natural Resources Inc. ($HNR)

Harvest Natural Resources Inc. gained 3.97% to $0.49 in morning trading today. Volume reached 27,929 by noon. The stock's average daily volume is 197,265 shares. Harvest Natural Resources Inc. has a 52-week high of $5.35 and a 52-week low of $0.37, and its 50-day SMA and 200-day SMA are $0.58 and $2.71 respectively.

Harvest Natural Resources Inc is an energy company engaged in the acquisition, exploration, development, production and disposition of oil and natural gas properties.

Miller Energy Resources ($MILL)

Miller Energy Resources gained 2.79% to $1.02 in morning trading today. Volume reached 327,637 by noon. The stock's average daily volume is 717,006 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 $1.37 and $3.09 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.

Gastar Exploration ($GST)

Gastar Exploration gained 2.05% to $2.99 in morning trading today. Volume reached 162,512 by noon. The stock's average daily volume is 751,851 shares. Gastar Exploration has a 52-week high of $9.10 and a 52-week low of $1.89, its P/E ratio is 5.3, and its 50-day SMA and 200-day SMA are $2.74 and $4.64 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.

Synergy Resources Corp ($SYRG)

Synergy Resources Corp gained 1.81% to $12.40 in morning trading today. Volume reached 864,398 by noon. The stock's average daily volume is 1,459,780 shares. Synergy Resources Corp has a 52-week high of $14.11 and a 52-week low of $8.05, its P/E ratio is 22.1, and its 50-day SMA and 200-day SMA are $11.72 and $11.94 respectively.

Synergy Resources Corp is an oil & natural gas company. It is engaged in the acquisition, development, exploitation, exploration and production of oil and natural gas properties located in the Denver-Julesburg Basin in northeast Colorado.

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 9, 2015 - 9:20 AM EDT)

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