NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Gulf Resources (Nasdaq: GFRE) is trading at unusually high volume Tuesday with two million shares changing hands. It is currently at 4.1 times its average daily volume and trading down 46 cents (-9%) at $4.66 as of four p.m. ET.

Gulf has a market cap of $196.6 million and is part of the basic materials sector and chemicals industry. Shares are down 52.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

Gulf Resources, Inc. and its subsidiaries manufacture and trade in bromine and crude salt, as well as manufacture chemical products for use in the oil industry and paper manufacturing industry in the People's Republic of China. The company has a P/E ratio of 3.8, equal to the average chemicals industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 16.6.

TheStreet Ratings rates Gulf as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the stock has had a generally disappointing performance in the past year. You can view the full Gulf Ratings Report.

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