Best Performing Basic Materials Stocks Year-to-Date

Wall St. Watchdog uncovered the best performing stocks for the year-to-date period, in the Basic Materials sector, as measured by the percentage price change over that period.

Criteria for the screen are:

  • The stock has had a positive year-to-date return
  • The exchange the stock trades on is not over the counter (also known as the pink sheets)
  • The exchange is an American exchange
  • The sector the company operates in is Basic Materials
  • The company’s market capitalization is greater than $100 million
Following is information on the 20 companies in this sector with the best year-to-date percentage price performance:
  • Midway Gold Corp. (AMEX:MDW): This company operates in the Basic Materials sector. The shares last traded at $2.75, which represents a gain for the year-to-date period of 226.31%. Its market capitalization is $307,544,984. About the company: Midway Gold Corp. explores and develops mineral resource properties. The Company is currently exploring for gold on its Midway Prospect property located in Nevada in the United States.
  • Valhi, Inc. (NYSE:VHI): This company operates in the Basic Materials sector. The shares last traded at $59.67, which represents a gain for the year-to-date period of 169.88%. Its market capitalization is $6,751,656,000. About the company:  Valhi, Inc. is involved in the titanium dioxide pigments, component products, titanium metals products, and waste management industries. The Company produces titanium dioxide pigments, titanium metals products, ergonomic computer support systems, and precision ball bearing slides. Valhi also owns and operates a facility for the processing, treatment, and disposal of hazardous wastes.
  • Coleman Cable, Inc. (NASDAQ:CCIX): This company operates in the Basic Materials sector. The shares last traded at $15.05, which represents a gain for the year-to-date period of 139.65%. Its market capitalization is $262,370,500. About the company:  Coleman Cable Inc. manufactures electrical and electronic wire and cable products. The Company’s products range from coaxial cables used to connect audio and video devices to automotive spark plug wires and battery cables.
  • Zagg Inc (NASDAQ:ZAGG): This company operates in the Basic Materials sector. The shares last traded at $15.76, which represents a gain for the year-to-date period of 106.82%. Its market capitalization is $385,760,900. About the company:  Zagg Incorporated designs, manufactures and distribute branded protective coverings, audio accessories and power solutions for consumer electronic and hand-held devices.
  • Graham Packaging Company Inc (NYSE:GRM): This company operates in the Basic Materials sector. The shares last traded at $25.26, which represents a gain for the year-to-date period of 93.71%. Its market capitalization is $1,711,487,000. About the company:  Graham Packaging Co Inc., designs, manufactures, and sells customized blow molded plastic containers. The Company serves the branded food and beverage, household and personal care, and automotive lubricants markets through plants located throughout North America.
  • LSB Industries, Inc. (NYSE:LXU): This company operates in the Basic Materials sector. The shares last traded at $43.58, which represents a gain for the year-to-date period of 79.64%. Its market capitalization is $964,240,700. About the company:  LSB Industries, Inc., through its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells chemical products for the mining, agricultural, and industrial markets. The Company also manufactures and sells commercial and residential climate control products, as well as provides specialized engineering services and other activities.
  • NL Industries, Inc. (NYSE:NL): This company operates in the Basic Materials sector. The shares last traded at $18.84, which represents a gain for the year-to-date period of 68.82%. Its market capitalization is $916,695,700. About the company:  LSB Industries, Inc., through its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells chemical products for the mining, agricultural, and industrial markets. The Company also manufactures and sells commercial and residential climate control products, as well as provides specialized engineering services and other activities.
  • Richmont Mines Inc. (AMEX:RIC): This company operates in the Basic Materials sector. The shares last traded at $8.58, which represents a gain for the year-to-date period of 67.51%. Its market capitalization is $270,035,203. About the company:  Richmont Mines, Inc. is a Canadian gold mining company. The Company owns and operates the Francoeur Mine, Beaufor Mine and Camflo Mill in Quebec, and the Island Gold Mine in Ontario. Richmont also maintains numerous exploration properties in Canada.
  • Polypore International, Inc. (NYSE:PPO): This company operates in the Basic Materials sector. The shares last traded at $67.26, which represents a gain for the year-to-date period of 65.14%. Its market capitalization is $3,092,397,000. About the company:  Polypore International, Inc. develops, manufactures, and markets specialized polymer-based membranes used in separation and filtration processes. The Company serves customers globally with manufacturing facilities in North America, Europe, and Asia.
  • Innospec Inc. (NASDAQ:IOSP): This company operates in the Basic Materials sector. The shares last traded at $32.91, which represents a gain for the year-to-date period of 61.32%. Its market capitalization is $780,116,900. About the company:  Innospec, Inc. manufactures fuel specialties, performance chemicals, and octane additives. The Company produces fuel specialties that improve efficiency, boost engine performance, and reduce emissions; chemicals used in personal care products, household detergents, and by the plastics, paper, metal plating and oil industries; and tetra ethyl lead octane additive.
  • AuRico Gold Inc (NYSE:AUQ): This company operates in the Basic Materials sector. The shares last traded at $13.12, which represents a gain for the year-to-date period of 60.20%. Its market capitalization is $2,278,570,000. About the company:  Fauquier Bankshares, Inc. is the holding company for The Fauquier Bank. The Bank offers traditional personal and commercial banking services, investments, and trust management. Fauquier operates principally in Fauquier County, and western Prince William County, Virginia.
  • UFP Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:UFPT): This company operates in the Basic Materials sector. The shares last traded at $18.99, which represents a gain for the year-to-date period of 55.78%. Its market capitalization is $122,769,400. About the company:  UFP Technologies, Inc. designs and manufactures a broad range of high-performance cushion packaging and specialty foam and plastic products for the industrial and consumer markets. The Company also custom designs and manufactures precision molded fiber packaging products made primarily from 100% recycled paper.
  • Allied Nevada Gold Corp. (AMEX:ANV): This company operates in the Basic Materials sector. The shares last traded at $40.28, which represents a gain for the year-to-date period of 53.10%. Its market capitalization is $3,582,530,000. About the company:  Allied Nevada Gold Corporation evaluates, acquires, explores, and advances gold exploration and potential development projects. The Company’s holdings include projects in Nevada, California, Idaho and Colorado in the United States, as well as Bolivia, Mexico, Indonesia and Australia.
  • Universal Stainless + Alloy Products (NASDAQ:USAP): This company operates in the Basic Materials sector. The shares last traded at $47.58, which represents a gain for the year-to-date period of 52.11%. Its market capitalization is $338,023,300. About the company:  Universal Stainless & Alloy Products, Inc. manufactures and markets semifinished and finished specialty steel products, including stainless steel, tool steel, and certain other alloyed steels. The Company’s products are sold to re-rollers, forgers, service centers, and original equipment manufacturers. Universal also provides conversion services on materials supplied by customers.
  • ADA-ES, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADES): This company operates in the Basic Materials sector. The shares last traded at $16.89, which represents a gain for the year-to-date period of 51.35%. Its market capitalization is $128,679,800. About the company:  ADA-ES, Inc. is an environmental technology/specialty company that supplies powdered activated carbon, injection systems, and related services. The Company helps electric utility companies meet environmental regulations. ADA-ES provides ash improvements, optimizes baghouse performance, provides flue gas conditioning additives, and provides other products and services.
  • American Vanguard Corp. (NYSE:AVD): This company operates in the Basic Materials sector. The shares last traded at $12.69, which represents a gain for the year-to-date period of 48.59%. Its market capitalization is $349,509,600. About the company:  American Vanguard Corporation develops and markets products for agricultural and commercial uses. The Company manufactures and formulates chemicals for crops, human, and animal health protection. Chemicals include insecticides, fungicides, molluscicides, growth regulators, and soil fumigants.
  • Endeavour Silver Corp. (NYSE:EXK): This company operates in the Basic Materials sector. The shares last traded at $10.83, which represents a gain for the year-to-date period of 47.55%. Its market capitalization is $913,674,400. About the company:  Endeavour Silver Corp. is a small-cap silver mining company focused on the growth of its silver production, reserves and resources in Mexico.
  • Haynes International, Inc. (NASDAQ:HAYN): This company operates in the Basic Materials sector. The shares last traded at $61.36, which represents a gain for the year-to-date period of 46.69%. Its market capitalization is $748,797,300. About the company:  Haynes International, Inc. develops, manufactures, and markets high performance alloys, primarily for use in the aerospace and chemical processing industries.
  • Harry Winston Diamond Corporation (NYSE:HWD): This company operates in the Basic Materials sector. The shares last traded at $17.13, which represents a gain for the year-to-date period of 46.41%. Its market capitalization is $1,457,289,000. About the company:  Harry Winston Diamond Corporation explores and develops diamond properties. The Company mines for diamonds in the Northwest Territories, Canada. Harry Winston also retails fine jewelry and watches.
  • Rockwood Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:ROC): This company operates in the Basic Materials sector. The shares last traded at $57.06, which represents a gain for the year-to-date period of 45.86%. Its market capitalization is $4,359,772,000. About the company:  Rockwood Holdings Inc. is an international developer, manufacturer and marketer of inorganic chemicals and solutions and engineered materials. The company’s products include, lithium compounds, fiber anatase titanium dioxide, color pigments and ceramic-on-ceramic components used in hip joint and prostheses systems.

(Note: Selected financial data are sourced from screener.co.  All data are assumed to be accurate.)

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