6 Large-Cap Basic Materials Stocks Set For Growth, With Buy Ratings From Analysts

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 |  Includes: CAM, ESV, ETE, GGB, MT, RIG
by: ZetaKap

At the large-cap level, it can be easy to assume that many companies have maxed out their growth potential. But some of the most successful companies of this size continue to be industry leaders by driving innovation and delving into new markets. To find large-cap stocks in the basic materials sector that are on the cutting edge, we ran a scan to find those that are poised for significant growth. All of the companies listed today have EPS growth projections of 25% or greater in the coming year. In addition, they have all received a recent 'Buy' rating from industry analysts. We think you will find our list worthy of further research.

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 large cap basic materials stocks. We next screened for businesses with estimated high-growth, with 1-year projected EPS growth above 25%. We next screened for businesses that analysts rate as "Buy" (2 < mean recommendation < 3).

Do you think these large-cap stocks will continue to see such strong profitability? Please use our list to assist with your own analysis.

1) Transocean Ltd. (NYSE:RIG)

Sector Basic Materials
Industry Oil & Gas Drilling & Exploration
Market Cap $17.77B
Beta 1.14
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RIG stock chart

Financials

1-Year Projected Earnings Per Share Growth Rate 61.90%
Analysts' Rating 2.20
Short Interest 1.14%
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Transocean Ltd. provides offshore contract drilling services for oil and gas wells worldwide. It offers deepwater and harsh environment drilling, oil and gas drilling management, and drilling engineering and drilling project management services. The company also offers well and logistics services.

2) Gerdau S.A. (NYSE:GGB)

Sector Basic Materials
Industry Steel & Iron
Market Cap $17.28B
Beta 2.00
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GGB stock chart

Financials

1-Year Projected Earnings Per Share Growth Rate 37.80%
Analysts' Rating 2.30
Short Interest 1.63%
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Gerdau S.A. engages in the production and sale of steel products in Brazil and internationally. The company offers crude steel products, which include billets that are used to manufacture wire rods, rebars, and merchant bars; blooms for use in the manufacture of springs, forged parts, heavy structural shapes, and seamless tubes; and slabs, which are used in the steel industry for the rolling of various flat rolled products, as well as to produce hot and cold rolled coils, heavy slabs, and profiles.

The company's long rolled products include rebars, merchant bars, and profiles, which are used in construction and manufacturing industries; and drawn products comprise barbed and barbless fence wire, galvanized wire, fences, concrete reinforcing wire mesh, nails, and clamps for manufacturing, construction, and agricultural sectors.

3) Ensco plc (NYSE:ESV)

Sector Basic Materials
Industry Oil & Gas Drilling & Exploration
Market Cap $13.43B
Beta 1.32
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ESV stock chart

Financials

1-Year Projected Earnings Per Share Growth Rate 30.47%
Analysts' Rating 1.90
Short Interest 1.48%
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Ensco plc provides offshore contract drilling services to the oil and gas industry worldwide. It owns and operates an offshore drilling rig fleet of approximately 77 rigs, including 7 drill ships, 13 dynamically positioned semisubmersible rigs, 7 moored semisubmersible rigs, 49 jack up rigs, and 1 barge rig used to drill and complete oil and natural gas wells. The company's drilling rigs are located in Brazil, Europe and Mediterranean region, the Middle East and Africa region, and the Asia Pacific rim region.

4) Cameron International Corporation (NYSE:CAM)

Sector Basic Materials
Industry Oil & Gas Equipment & Services
Market Cap $13.28B
Beta 1.55
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CAM stock chart

Financials

1-Year Projected Earnings Per Share Growth Rate 34.06%
Analysts' Rating 1.90
Short Interest 1.74%
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Cameron International Corporation provides flow equipment products, systems, and services worldwide. Its Drilling & Production Systems segment offers systems and equipment to control pressures and direct flows of oil and gas wells; and designs and manufactures structural components for land and offshore drilling rigs. This segment provides surface and subsea production systems, blowout preventers, drilling and production control systems, block and gate valves, actuators, chokes, wellheads, manifolds, drilling risers, top drives, mud pumps, elastomers, and other rig products.

5) Arcelor Mittal (NYSE:MT)

Sector Basic Materials
Industry Steel & Iron
Market Cap $24.91B
Beta 2.17
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MT stock chart

Financials

1-Year Projected Earnings Per Share Growth Rate 110.53%
Analysts' Rating 2.20
Short Interest 2.48%
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ArcelorMittal, together with its subsidiaries, operates as an integrated steel and mining company worldwide. Its steel products include flat products, such as slabs; finished flat products, which include plates, hot- and cold-rolled coils and sheets, hot-dipped and electro-galvanized coils and sheets, and tinplate and color coated coils and sheets; semi-finished long products comprising blooms and billets; finished long products, including bars, wire-rods, structural sections, rails, sheet piles, and wire-products; and seamless and welded pipes and tubes. The company offers its steel products for steel-consuming industries, such as automotive, distribution and processing, appliance, engineering, pipes and tubes, packaging, construction, energy, and machinery industries.

6) Energy Transfer Equity, L.P. (NYSE:ETE)

Sector Basic Materials
Industry Oil & Gas Pipelines
Market Cap $12.11B
Beta 0.78
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ETE stock chart

Financials

1-Year Projected Earnings Per Share Growth Rate 27.84%
Analysts' Rating 2.00
Short Interest 0.97%
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Energy Transfer Equity, L.P. owns and operates a diversified portfolio of energy assets in the natural gas, natural gas liquids (NGL), and propane sectors in the United States. The company sells natural gas to electric utilities, independent power plants, local distribution companies, industrial end-users, and other marketing companies. It owns and operates approximately 8,300 miles of natural gas transportation pipelines and 3 natural gas storage facilities located in the state of Texas; and approximately 2,880 miles of interstate natural gas pipeline.

*Company profiles were sourced from Google Finance and Yahoo Finance. Financial data was sourced from Finviz on 08/20/2012.

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