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So let's leverage that community brain to find the top 10 highest-rated stocks in the CAPS database from the basic materials sector. Basic materials, for the uninitiated, comprise the energy, metals, mining, and chemical industries:


Market Cap

Price / Earnings*


$2.6 billion


TGC Industries

$156 million


W&T Offshore (NYSE:WTI)

$2.3 billion


Superior Energy Services (NYSE:SPN)

$3 billion


Carpenter Technology

$3.1 billion


TransGlobe Energy

$229 million


Canadian Natural Resources (NYSE:CNQ)

$31.7 billion


Energy Metals (NYSE:EMU)

$1 billion


Talisman Energy (NYSE:TLM)

$20.3 billion


Magellan Midstream Partners (NYSE:MMP)

$3 billion



$2.8 billion


*Data based on trailing-12 month normalized earnings. Data provided by Capital IQ, a division of Standard & Poor's.

Given sustained high energy prices, it shouldn't surprise anyone to find energy companies dominating the list. Let's zoom in a bit on the top two in terms of market cap. Both, oddly enough, are Calgary-based oil and gas explorers: Canadian Natural Resources and Talisman Energy.

Dividend Yield

Return on Invested Capital

Enterprise Value / EBITDA

Canadian Natural Resources




Talisman Energy




Data provided by Capital IQ, a division of Standard & Poor's.

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Foolish editor Joe Magyer has an All-Star rating in Motley Fool CAPS -- and obsessively confirms this at least once an hour. His CAPS profile is available for your viewing pleasure. Joe does not own any of the stocks mentioned in this article. Unit is a Motley Fool Stock Advisor recommendation. The Fool has a far-from-basic disclosure policy.