The following is a list of the most undervalued materials stocks, when comparing the current price against the average analyst target price (used as a proxy for fair value).

Yes, this is a crude way to find undervalued companies, but the goal here is to give you a starting point for your own analysis.

All data sourced from Finviz.

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** 1. Comstock Resources Inc. (NYSE:CRK):** Independent Oil & Gas Industry. Market cap of $1.04B. Price at time of writing $22.0 vs. target price of $31.13 (implies discount of 29.33%). Short float at 18.22%, which implies a short ratio of 9.28 days. The stock has lost -45.75% over the last year.

** 2. Helix Energy Solutions Group, Inc. (NYSE:HLX):** Oil & Gas Equipment & Services Industry. Market cap of $1.29B. Price at time of writing $12.27 vs. target price of $16.4 (implies discount of 25.18%). Short float at 8.49%, which implies a short ratio of 5.35 days. The stock has gained 5.41% over the last year.

** 3. Randgold Resources Ltd. (NASDAQ:GOLD):** Gold Industry. Market cap of $7.94B. Price at time of writing $87.25 vs. target price of $114.68 (implies discount of 23.92%). Short float at 1.03%, which implies a short ratio of 1.15 days. The stock has gained 12.44% over the last year.

** 4. Energy XXI (Bermuda) Limited (EXXI):** Oil & Gas Equipment & Services Industry. Market cap of $1.87B. Price at time of writing $27.08 vs. target price of $34.43 (implies discount of 21.35%). Short float at 6.69%, which implies a short ratio of 3.38 days. The stock has gained 185.05% over the last year.

** 5. Great Basin Gold Ltd. (NYSEMKT:GBG):** Gold Industry. Market cap of $1.2B. Price at time of writing $2.94 vs. target price of $3.71 (implies discount of 20.75%). Short float at 3.57%, which implies a short ratio of 5.11 days. The stock has gained 80.37% over the last year.

** 6. International Tower Hill Mines Ltd. (NYSEMKT:THM):** Industrial Metals & Minerals Industry. Market cap of $676.4M. Price at time of writing $10.0 vs. target price of $12.61 (implies discount of 20.7%). Short float at 0.82%, which implies a short ratio of 1.22 days. The stock has gained 42.05% over the last year.

** 7. Southwestern Energy Co. (NYSE:SWN):** Independent Oil & Gas Industry. Market cap of $12.4B. Price at time of writing $35.77 vs. target price of $44.84 (implies discount of 20.23%). Short float at 2.77%, which implies a short ratio of 1.98 days. The stock has lost -21.21% over the last year.

** 8. Kinross Gold Corporation (NYSE:KGC):** Gold Industry. Market cap of $21.31B. Price at time of writing $18.83 vs. target price of $23.04 (implies discount of 18.27%). Short float at 0.52%, which implies a short ratio of 0.84 days. The stock has lost -0.74% over the last year.

** 9. Gulfmark Offshore, Inc. (NYSE:GLF):** Oil & Gas Equipment & Services Industry. Market cap of $799.1M. Price at time of writing $30.50 vs. target price of $37.0 (implies discount of 17.57%). Short float at 4.08%, which implies a short ratio of 7.03 days. The stock has gained 9.87% over the last year.

** 10. Pioneer Drilling Co. (PDC):** Oil & Gas Drilling & Exploration Industry. Market cap of $416.57M. Price at time of writing $7.69 vs. target price of $9.29 (implies discount of 17.22%). Short float at 6.57%, which implies a short ratio of 5.32 days. The stock has gained 3.78% over the last year.

** 11. Cobalt International Energy, Inc. (NYSE:CIE):** Oil & Gas Drilling & Exploration Industry. Market cap of $4.14B. Price at time of writing $11.62 vs. target price of $13.94 (implies discount of 16.64%). Short float at 0.71%, which implies a short ratio of 4.78 days. The stock has lost -12.89% over the last year.

** 12. TETRA Technologies Inc. (NYSE:TTI):** Oil & Gas Equipment & Services Industry. Market cap of $889.02M. Price at time of writing $11.67 vs. target price of $13.94 (implies discount of 16.28%). Short float at 5.35%, which implies a short ratio of 4.46 days. The stock has gained 20.43% over the last year.

** 13. Penn Virginia Corp. (PVA):** Independent Oil & Gas Industry. Market cap of $762.34M. Price at time of writing $16.74 vs. target price of $19.91 (implies discount of 15.92%). Short float at 15.11%, which implies a short ratio of 11.08 days. The stock has lost -18.1% over the last year.

** 14. Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd. (NYSEMKT:NAK):** Gold Industry. Market cap of $1.26B. Price at time of writing $13.39 vs. target price of $15.83 (implies discount of 15.41%). Short float at 0.69%, which implies a short ratio of 1.08 days. The stock has gained 67.38% over the last year.

** 15. RTI International Metals, Inc. (NYSE:RTI):** Industrial Metals & Minerals Industry. Market cap of $832.82M. Price at time of writing $27.65 vs. target price of $32.67 (implies discount of 15.37%). Short float at 5.41%, which implies a short ratio of 3.9 days. The stock has gained 20.06% over the last year.

**Disclosure: **I have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours.