Big Basic Materials Stocks Seeing Their Stock Price Double in Last 52 Weeks

Wall St. Watchdog reveals the following companies in the Basic Materials sector that have seen their stocks double over the past 52-weeks.  All have a market capitalization greater than $1 billion.

  • Valhi, Inc. (NYSE:VHI): This company’s stock has increased by 256.84% over the past 52 weeks. The stock recently traded at $60.52 and its market capitalization is $6,847,834,000. 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.
  • LSB Industries, Inc. (NYSE:LXU): This company’s stock has increased by 213.08% over the past 52 weeks. The stock recently traded at $45.96 and its market capitalization is $1,016,900,000. 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.
  • Kronos Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:KRO): This company’s stock has increased by 188.61% over the past 52 weeks. The stock recently traded at $30.91 and its market capitalization is $3,582,317,000. About the company:  Kronos Worldwide, Inc. produces titanium dioxide pigments. The Company’s products are used to whiten, brighten, and add opacity to thousands of commonly used products, such as paints, plastics, inks, and cosmetics.
  • Polypore International, Inc. (NYSE:PPO): This company’s stock has increased by 171.71% over the past 52 weeks. The stock recently traded at $70.70 and its market capitalization is $3,250,557,000. 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.
  • Buckeye Technologies Inc. (NYSE:BKI): This company’s stock has increased by 148.07% over the past 52 weeks. The stock recently traded at $28.23 and its market capitalization is $1,126,139,000. About the company:  Buckeye Technologies Inc. manufactures and markets specialty cellulose and absorbent products. The Company offers cellulose-based specialty products made from both wood and cotton, and utilizes both wet-laid and air-laid technologies. Buckeye Technologies sells its products mainly to niche markets.
  • Allied Nevada Gold Corp. (AMEX:ANV): This company’s stock has increased by 139.96% over the past 52 weeks. The stock recently traded at $39.57 and its market capitalization is $3,519,382,000. 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.
  • AuRico Gold Inc (NYSE:AUQ): This company’s stock has increased by 128.04% over the past 52 weeks. The stock recently traded at $12.77 and its market capitalization is $2,196,982,000. About the company:  AuRico Gold Inc. engages in the exploration, development, and production of gold and silver mines and projects in Mexico.  The company was formerly known as Gammon Gold, Inc. and changed its name to AuRico Gold Inc. in June, 2011.
  • Rhodia (ADR) (OTC:RHAYY): This company’s stock has increased by 126.57% over the past 52 weeks. The stock recently traded at $44.83 and its market capitalization is $4,780,344,700. About the company:  Rhosia SA, together with its subsidiaries, develops, produces, and markets specialty chemicals in the Asia Pacific, Europe, Latin America and North America.
  • Graham Packaging Company Inc (NYSE:GRM): This company’s stock has increased by 122.21% over the past 52 weeks. The stock recently traded at $25.31 and its market capitalization is $1,714,875,000. 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.
  • Terra Nitrogen Company, L.P. (NYSE:TNH): This company’s stock has increased by 119.32% over the past 52 weeks. The stock recently traded at $160.04 and its market capitalization is $2,960,992,000. About the company:  Terra Nitrogen Company, L.P., through its subsidiaries, markets and produces nitrogen, fertilizer, crop protection products, and seed and services for agricultural, turf, ornamental, and other growers. The Company also produces nitrogen products and methanol for industrial customers.
  • New Gold Inc. (NYSE:USA) (AMEX:NGD): This company’s stock has increased by 119.28% over the past 52 weeks. The stock recently traded at $11.03 and its market capitalization is $4,957,915,000. About the company:  New Gold Inc. is a natural resource company. The Company acquires, explores, and develops gold properties.
  • Westlake Chemical Corporation (NYSE:WLK): This company’s stock has increased by 113.38% over the past 52 weeks. The stock recently traded at $52.30 and its market capitalization is $3,481,725,000. About the company:  Westlake Chemical Corporation manufactures and markets basic chemicals, vinyls, polymers, and fabricated products. The Company serves a range of consumer and industrial markets, including flexible and rigid packaging, automotive products, coatings, and residential and commercial construction.
  • Rockwood Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:ROC): This company’s stock has increased by 112.63% over the past 52 weeks. The stock recently traded at $59.11 and its market capitalization is $4,516,406,000. 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.
  • Silver Wheaton Corp. (NYSE:USA) (NYSE:SLW): This company’s stock has increased by 107.41% over the past 52 weeks. The stock recently traded at $38.93 and its market capitalization is $13,706,980,000. About the company:  Silver Wheaton Corporation purchases and sells by-product silver from operating mines. The Company has long term contracts to purchase all or a portion of the silver (NYSE:SLV) production from mines in Mexico, Sweden, Peru, Greece and the United States.
  • Celanese Corporation (NYSE:CE): This company’s stock has increased by 101.48% over the past 52 weeks. The stock recently traded at $57.16 and its market capitalization is $8,936,620,000. About the company:  Celanese Corporation is a global industrial chemicals company. Its business involves processing chemical raw materials, such as ethylene and propylene, and natural products, including natural gas and wood pulp, into chemicals and chemical-based products.
  • CF Industries Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:CF): This company’s stock has increased by 100.04% over the past 52 weeks. The stock recently traded at $160.29 and its market capitalization is $11,458,050,000. About the company:  CF Industries Holdings, Inc. manufactures and distributes nitrogen and phosphate fertilizer products in North America. The Company’s principal products in the nitrogen segment are ammonia, urea and urea ammonium nitrate solution and its principal products in the phosphate segment are diammonium phosphate, monoammonium phosphate, and granular muriate of potash.

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

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