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Sector Top Performers: This Week's Best Basic Materials Stocks - (TAHO, AAV, MUX, EVEP, ALJ)

|Includes:AAV, ALJ, BAA, EVEP, FF, GSM, MUX, QEP, Tahoe Resources Inc. (TAHO), TGB, ZAZA

If you're looking for stocks that are outperforming their competitors, the following list might be a good starting point for your research.

Here is a list of the top performing Basic Materials stocks over the last week.

The stocks listed below have been ranked by stock performance relative to their industry competitors.

We've also included links to company websites and industry descriptions (all links open in new tabs).

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All data current as of 8/24/2012.

1. Tahoe Resources Inc. (NYSE:TAHO): Returned 12.8% over the last week vs. an industry average of 1.15%. (Industry: Industrial Metals & Minerals. Alpha vs. industry at 11.65%, based on average of 39 companies)

2. Advantage Oil & Gas Ltd. (NYSE:AAV): Returned 10.51% over the last week vs. an industry average of -0.74%. (Industry: Oil & Gas Drilling & Exploration. Alpha vs. industry at 11.25%, based on average of 52 companies)

Engages in the acquisition, exploration, development, and production of oil and gas in the provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan, Canada.

3. McEwen Mining Inc. (NYSE:MUX): Returned 12.11% over the last week vs. an industry average of 1.15%. (Industry: Industrial Metals & Minerals. Alpha vs. industry at 10.96%, based on average of 39 companies)

4. EV Energy Partners LP (NASDAQ:EVEP): Returned 8.4% over the last week vs. an industry average of -0.74%. (Industry: Oil & Gas Drilling & Exploration. Alpha vs. industry at 9.14%, based on average of 52 companies)

Engages in the acquisition, development, and production of oil and natural gas properties in the United States. (Link to EV Energy Partners LP website)

5. Alon USA Energy, Inc. (NYSE:ALJ): Returned 7.13% over the last week vs. an industry average of -0.73%. (Industry: Oil & Gas Refining & Marketing. Alpha vs. industry at 7.86%, based on average of 27 companies)

Operates as an independent refiner and marketer of petroleum products in south central, southwestern, and western regions of the United States. (Link to Alon USA Energy, Inc. website)

6. Banro Corporation (NYSEMKT:BAA): Returned 11.85% over the last week vs. an industry average of 4.58%. (Industry: Gold. Alpha vs. industry at 7.27%, based on average of 31 companies)

Engages in the acquisition, exploration, and development of gold properties in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (NYSE:DRC).

7. QEP Resources, Inc. (NYSE:QEP): Returned 6.31% over the last week vs. an industry average of -0.74%. (Industry: Oil & Gas Drilling & Exploration. Alpha vs. industry at 7.05%, based on average of 52 companies)

Operates as an independent natural gas and oil exploration and production company. (Link to QEP Resources, Inc. website)

8. Allied Nevada Gold Corp. (NYSEMKT:ANV): Returned 11.36% over the last week vs. an industry average of 4.58%. (Industry: Gold. Alpha vs. industry at 6.78%, based on average of 31 companies)

Engages in the evaluation, acquisition, exploration, and advancement of gold exploration and development projects in the state of Nevada. (Link to Allied Nevada Gold Corp. website)

9. Thompson Creek Metals Company Inc. (TC): Returned 7.72% over the last week vs. an industry average of 1.15%. (Industry: Industrial Metals & Minerals. Alpha vs. industry at 6.57%, based on average of 39 companies)

Engages in mining, milling, processing, and marketing molybdenum products in the United States and Canada. (Link to Thompson Creek Metals Company Inc. website)

10. Globe Specialty Metals, Inc. (NASDAQ:GSM): Returned 7.56% over the last week vs. an industry average of 1.15%. (Industry: Industrial Metals & Minerals. Alpha vs. industry at 6.41%, based on average of 39 companies)

Produces silicon metal and silicon-based alloys. (Link to Globe Specialty Metals, Inc. website)

11. FutureFuel Corp. (NYSE:FF): Returned 5.22% over the last week vs. an industry average of -1.14%. (Industry: Chemicals Industry. Alpha vs. industry at 6.36%, based on average of 13 companies)

Engages in the manufacture and sale of specialty chemicals and bio-based products primarily in the United States. (Link to FutureFuel Corp. website)

12. Taseko Mines Ltd. (NYSEMKT:TGB): Returned 7.49% over the last week vs. an industry average of 1.15%. (Industry: Industrial Metals & Minerals. Alpha vs. industry at 6.34%, based on average of 39 companies)

Engages in the exploration, development, and operation of mineral properties in British Columbia, Canada.

13. ZaZa Energy Corporation (NASDAQ:ZAZA): Returned 5.57% over the last week vs. an industry average of -0.74%. (Industry: Oil & Gas Drilling & Exploration. Alpha vs. industry at 6.31%, based on average of 52 companies)

14. Central Fund of Canada Limited (NYSEMKT:CEF): Returned 7.31% over the last week vs. an industry average of 1.15%. (Industry: Industrial Metals & Minerals. Alpha vs. industry at 6.16%, based on average of 39 companies)

Central Fund of Canada is an closed-ended commodity mutual fund launched and managed by Central Group Alberta, Ltd.

15. Midstates Petroleum Company, Inc. (NYSE:MPO): Returned 3.67% over the last week vs. an industry average of -2.49%. (Industry: Independent Oil & Gas. Alpha vs. industry at 6.16%, based on average of 74 companies)

16. Pacific Drilling S.A. (NYSE:PACD): Returned 5.33% over the last week vs. an industry average of -0.74%. (Industry: Oil & Gas Drilling & Exploration. Alpha vs. industry at 6.07%, based on average of 52 companies)

17. Devon Energy Corporation (NYSE:DVN): Returned 3.51% over the last week vs. an industry average of -2.49%. (Industry: Independent Oil & Gas. Alpha vs. industry at 6%, based on average of 74 companies)

Engages in the acquisition, exploration, development, and production of natural gas and oil in the United States and Canada. (Link to Devon Energy Corporation website)

18. Companhia Siderurgica Nacional (NYSE:SID): Returned 2.08% over the last week vs. an industry average of -3.79%. (Industry: Steel & Iron. Alpha vs. industry at 5.87%, based on average of 20 companies)

Operates as an integrated steel producer in Brazil and Latin America.

19. AK Steel Holding Corporation (NYSE:AKS): Returned 2% over the last week vs. an industry average of -3.79%. (Industry: Steel & Iron. Alpha vs. industry at 5.79%, based on average of 20 companies)

Produces flat-rolled carbon, stainless, and electrical steels, and tubular products primarily in the United States and internationally. (Link to AK Steel Holding Corporation website)

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

Stocks: TAHO, AAV, MUX, EVEP, ALJ, BAA, QEP, ANVPTF, GSM, FF, TGB, ZAZA