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Are you interested in industrial metals & minerals stocks? Are you even more interested when they are projected to have strong growth and expansion? Today we focused on stocks of this nature, and focused in on those that have analyst backing. We think you'll like the list we came up with.

EPS growth (earnings per share growth) illustrates the growth of earnings per share over time. The 1-Year Expected EPS Growth Rate is an annual growth estimate, where the growth projections are made by analysts, the company or other credible sources.

We first looked for small cap industrial metals & minerals stocks. We then looked for companies with projected high growth, measured by 1-year projected EPS growth above 25%. We next screened for businesses that analysts rate as "Buy" or "Strong Buy" (mean recommendation < 3).

Do you think these small-cap stocks hold value that has yet to be priced in? Use our list to help with your own analysis.

1) Taseko Mines Ltd. (TGB)

Sector:Basic Materials
Industry:Industrial Metals & Minerals
Market Cap:$541.75M
Beta:2.11

Taseko Mines Ltd. has a 1-Year Projected Earnings Per Share Growth Rate of 233.30%, and a Analysts' Rating of 2.30. The short interest was 0.87% as of 06/18/2012. Taseko Mines Limited, a mining company, engages in the acquisition, exploration, development, and operation of mineral properties in Canada. It holds a 75% interest in the Gibraltar copper-molybdenum mine covering approximately 113 square kilometers located in south-central British Columbia; and the New Prosperity project consisting of a mineral lease and 37 mineral claims covering the mineral rights for approximately 94.9 square kilometers southwest of the City of Williams Lake, British Columbia.

2) U.S. Silica Holdings, Inc. (SLCA)

Sector:Basic Materials
Industry:Industrial Metals & Minerals
Market Cap:$661.75M
Beta:-

U.S. Silica Holdings, Inc. has a 1-Year Projected Earnings Per Share Growth Rate of 47.14%, and a Analysts' Rating of 1.50. The short interest was 11.18% as of 06/18/2012. U.S. Silica Holdings, Inc. produces and sells various commercial silica and industrial mineral products. The company offers whole grain commercial silica products to be used as fracturing sand in connection with oil and natural gas recovery; the manufacturers of architectural and solar glass; and foundry and building products industry. It also provides ground commercial silica products for use in plastics, rubber, polishes, cleansers, paints, ceramic frits and glazes, textile fiberglass, and precision castings; and fine ground silica for use in premium paints, specialty coatings, sealants, silicone rubber, and epoxies.

3) Titanium Metals Corporation (TIE)

Sector:Basic Materials
Industry:Industrial Metals & Minerals
Market Cap:$1.94B
Beta:1.54

Titanium Metals Corporation has a 1-Year Projected Earnings Per Share Growth Rate of 40.00%, and a Analysts' Rating of 2.20. The short interest was 6.14% as of 06/18/2012. Titanium Metals Corporation produces and sells titanium melted and mill products. It provides titanium sponge, which is the basic form of titanium metal used in titanium products; melted products, such as ingots, electrodes, and slabs that are the result of melting titanium sponge and titanium scrap; mill products, which are forged and rolled from ingot or slab, including billets, bars, plates, sheets, strips, and pipes; and fabrications, such as spools, pipe fittings, manifolds, and vessels, as well as offers titanium scrap and titanium tetrachloride. The company serves commercial aerospace and military sectors; and desalination, chemical, oil and gas, consumer, sporting goods, healthcare, automotive, and power generation industries.

4) North American Palladium Ltd. (PAL)

Sector:Basic Materials
Industry:Industrial Metals & Minerals
Market Cap:$397.61M
Beta:2.08

North American Palladium Ltd. has a 1-Year Projected Earnings Per Share Growth Rate of 633.30%, and a Analysts' Rating of 2.50. The short interest was 4.93% as of 06/18/2012. North American Palladium Ltd. engages in the exploration, mining, and production of precious metal properties in Canada. The company explores for palladium, platinum, gold, nickel, copper, and other metals. Its principal property includes Lac des Iles palladium mine located northwest of Thunder Bay, Ontario.

5) Thompson Creek Metals Company Inc. (TC)

Sector:Basic Materials
Industry:Industrial Metals & Minerals
Market Cap:$552.85M
Beta:2.70

Thompson Creek Metals Company Inc. has a 1-Year Projected Earnings Per Share Growth Rate of 46.34%, and a Analysts' Rating of 2.30. The short interest was 12.59% as of 06/18/2012. Thompson Creek Metals Company Inc. engages in mining, milling, processing, and marketing of molybdenum products in the United States and Canada. Its principal properties include the Thompson Creek Mine, an open-pit molybdenum mine and concentrator located in Idaho; the Endako Mine, an open-pit molybdenum mine, concentrator, and roaster in British Columbia; and the Langeloth metallurgical facility in Pennsylvania. The company also holds interests in exploration properties comprising the Berg property, a copper, molybdenum, and silver exploration project located in British Columbia; the Davidson property, an underground molybdenum exploration project in British Columbia; the Howard's Pass property, a lead and zinc project situated in the Yukon territory-northwest territories border; and the Maze Lake property, a gold project located in the Kivalliq district of Nunavut.

6) Penn Virginia Resource Partners LP (PVR)

Sector:Basic Materials
Industry:Industrial Metals & Minerals
Market Cap:$1.87B
Beta:0.80

Penn Virginia Resource Partners LP has a 1-Year Projected Earnings Per Share Growth Rate of 98.95%, and a Analysts' Rating of 1.80. The short interest was 1.04% as of 06/18/2012. Penn Virginia Resource Partners, L.P. engages in the management of coal and natural resource properties; and gathering and processing of natural gas in the United States.

*Company profiles were sourced from Finviz. Financial data was sourced from Google Finance and Yahoo Finance.

Source: 6 Small Cap Industrial Metals & Minerals Stocks Set For Strong Growth