Gulf Stock Soars (GFRE)

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Shares of Gulf Resources (Nasdaq: GFRE) have taken a tremendous swing upward. The stock is trading at $3.47 as of 3:51 p.m. ET, 20.1% above Monday's closing price of $2.89. Volume is at one million, 0.6 times the daily average of 1.7 million.

Gulf has a market cap of $93.8 million and is part of the basic materials sector and chemicals industry. Shares are down 73% 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 1.6, equal to the average chemicals industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

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 notable return on equity. 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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