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While the market keeps on yo-yoing and has almost given every investor a queasy stomach at some point this week if not the last month not all stocks have felt the affect equally. In fact, a few companies have even managed to outpace the S&P 500 over the last month. While that might sound all but impossible its true.

Financial leverage can hurt a company just as much as it can help it. When economic times nobody really cares about the potential dangers of using financial leverage. Of course if things start to become less than optimal one the first things under review is leverage because it can exacerbate any bad situation and make it worse. Given the volatility not only seen in the markets but the global economy as well companies that have kept their use of leverage more restrained at face value have a better chance of not losing their lunch.

We ran a screen for companies that equaled if not exceed the performance of the S&P 500 (NYSEARCA:SPY) for the last month. From this pool we screened for companies that had a low-to-moderate level of leverage (X<2).

The list is ranked from lowest to highest relative to financial leverage.

1. Randgold Resources, Ltd. (NASDAQ:GOLD)

Sector

Basic Materials

Industry

Gold

Market Cap

$ 9,464M

Beta

0.52

Analyst Sentiment

6/8 – List Buy/ Outperform (Bullish)

The company explores for and mines gold. The firm’s performance over the last month is 24.03%. The company’s current financial leverage is 1.13

Short Interest Note:

N/A

2. Giant Interactive Group, Inc. (NYSE:GA)

Sector

Industrials

Industry

Business Services

Market Cap

$ 1,854M

Beta

0.54

Analyst Sentiment

8/11 – List Buy/ Outperform (Bullish)

The company develops online games for Chinese Internet space. The firm’s performance over the last month is 6.47%. The company’s current financial leverage is 1.14

Short Interest Note:

N/A

3. Eldorado Gold Corp (NYSE:EGO)

Sector

Basic Materials

Industry

Gold

Market Cap

$ 10,691M

Beta

0.46

Analyst Sentiment

13/19 – List Buy/ Outperform (Bullish)

The company operates gold mining facilities in Turkey and Brazil. The firm’s performance over the last month is 21.99%. The company’s current financial leverage is 1.23

Short Interest Note:

N/A

4. Buenaventura Mining Company Inc (NYSE:BVN)

Sector

Basic Materials

Industry

Gold

Market Cap

$ 10,295M

Beta

0.75

Analyst Sentiment

5/8 – List hold/ Neutral (Neutral)

The company mines and processes silver, gold, and some other metals to a smaller degree. The firm’s performance over the last month is 8.88%. The company’s current financial leverage is 1.24.

Short Interest Note:

0.75

5. AuRico Gold Inc (NYSE:AUQ)

Sector

Basic Materials

Industry

Gold

Market Cap

$ 2,209M

Beta

1.07

Analyst Sentiment

4/7 – List Buy/ Outperform (Bullish)

The company operates silver and gold mining facilities in Mexico. The firm’s performance over the last month is 10.94%. The company’s current financial leverage is 1.26.

Short Interest Note:

N/A

6. Harmony Gold Mining Co., Ltd. (NYSE:HMY)

Sector

Basic Materials

Industry

Gold

Market Cap

$ 6,215M

Beta

0.19

Analyst Sentiment

2/5 – List Buy/ Outperform (Bullish)

The company does surface and underground gold mining along with mining related activities. The firm’s performance over the last month is 9.21.The company’s current financial leverage is 1.28.

Short Interest Note:

N/A

7. Royal Gold, Inc. (NASDAQ:RGLD)

Sector

Basic Materials

Industry

Gold

Market Cap

$ 3,743M

Beta

0.38

Analyst Sentiment

4/7 – List Buy/ Outperform (Bullish)

The company acquires and manages precious metal royalties. The firm’s performance over the last month is 14.21%. The company’s current financial leverage is 1.33

Short Interest Note:

The short interest for the firm is 6.60% as of 07/15/2011.

8. Caribou Coffee Company, Inc. (NASDAQ:CBOU)

Sector

Basic Materials

Industry

Gold

Market Cap

$ 338M

Beta

1.49

Analyst Sentiment

5/6 – List Buy/ Outperform (Bullish)

The company is a gourmet coffeehouse chain in the US. The firm’s performance over the last month is 19.71%. The company’s current financial leverage is 1.39.

Short Interest Note:

The short interest for the firm is 8.50% as of 07/15/2011.

9. Yamana Gold, Inc. (NYSE:AUY)

Sector

Basic Materials

Industry

Gold

Market Cap

$ 11,087M

Beta

0.91

Analyst Sentiment

16/19 – List Buy/ Outperform (Bullish)

The company explores, develops, and operates multiple mineral mining facilities across South America. The firm’s performance over the last month is 19.92%. The company’s current financial leverage is 1.45.

Short Interest Note:

N/A

10. Gold Fields Ltd. (NYSE:GFI)

Sector

Basic Materials

Industry

Gold

Market Cap

$ 11,771M

Beta

0.64

Analyst Sentiment

4/6 – List Buy/ Outperform (Bullish)

The company does surface and underground mining in Australia, South America, &Africa. The firm’s performance over the last month is 11.62 %. The company’s current financial leverage is 1.52.

Short Interest Note:

N/A

We hope this helps investors as they do their own due diligence on companies that continue to buck the market trends and go higher.

Source: 10 Rallying, Low Leverage Stocks Beating Market Volatility