TransMontaigne Partners L.P. (TLP): Today's Featured Basic Materials Winner

The basic materials sector closed the day down 4.3%. Altair Nanotechnologies Inc ( ALTI), China Green Agriculture Inc ( CGA), Synalloy Corporation ( SYNL), and China Natural Resources Inc ( CHNR) were all winners today within the basic materials sector with TransMontaigne Partners L.P ( TLP) being today's featured basic materials winner. TransMontaigne Partners L.P rose 72 cents (2.3%) to $32.03 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 75,497 shares of TransMontaigne Partners L.P exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 37,100 shares.

TransMontaigne Partners L.P. operates as a terminaling and transportation company. TransMontaigne Partners L.P has a market cap of $445.6 million and is part of the energy industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.9, equal to the average energy industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 14% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates TransMontaigne as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the negative front, Gushan Environmental Energy ( GU), Lake Shore Gold ( LSG), US Gold Corporation ( UXG), and Timberline Resources Corporation ( TLR) were all losers within the basic materials sector with Monsanto Company ( MON) being today's basic materials sector Loser Spotlight stock.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the basic materials sector could consider Materials Select Sector SPDR ( XLB) while those bearish on the basic materials sector could consider ProShares Short Basic Materials Fd ( SBM).

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