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Albemarle Corp [[ALB]]- Albemarle Corporation develops, manufactures, and markets engineered specialty chemicals in the United States and internationally. Its Polymer Solutions segment offers brominated, mineral, and phosphorus flame retardants used in plastic enclosures for consumer electronics, printed circuit boards, wire and cable, electrical connectors, textiles, foam insulation, and foam seating in furniture and automobiles; and produces plastic and other additives, such as curatives, antioxidants, and stabilizers.

Avery Dennison Corp [[AVY]]-
Avery Dennison Corporation produces pressure-sensitive materials, office products, tickets, tags, labels, and other converted products. The company operates in three segments: Pressure-sensitive Materials, Retail Information Services, and Office and Consumer Products. The Pressure-sensitive Materials segment manufactures and sells papers, plastic films, metal foils, and fabrics to label printers and converters; and graphics and graphic films, which consist of films and other products to the architectural, commercial sign, digital printing, and other related markets.

Balchem Corp [[BCPC]]- Balchem Corporation provides specialty performance ingredients and products for the food, nutritional, feed, pharmaceutical, and medical sterilization industries in the United States and internationally.

Celanese Corp [[CE]]- Celanese Corporation engages in producing and selling industrial chemicals, acetyl products, and engineered polymers in North America, Europe, and Asia. The company involves in processing chemical raw materials, such as methanol, carbon monoxide, and ethylene, as well as natural products, including wood pulp into value-added chemicals, thermoplastic polymers, and other chemical-based products. It operates in four segments: Advanced Engineered Materials, Consumer Specialties, Industrial Specialties, and Acetyl Intermediates.

HB Fuller Co [[FUL]]-
H.B. Fuller Company formulates, manufactures, and markets adhesives, sealants, paints, and other specialty chemical products worldwide. Its adhesives include thermoplastic, thermoset, water-based, and solvent-based products.

Gold Fields Ltd. [[GFI]]-
Gold Fields Limited engages in the exploration, extraction, processing, and smelting of gold in South Africa, Ghana, Australia, and Peru. As of June 30, 2009, it had total attributable ore reserves of approximately 81 million ounces and mineral resources of approximately 271 million ounces.

Rock-Tenn Co [[RKT]]- Rock-Tenn Company manufactures and sells packaging products, recycled paperboard, containerboard, bleached paperboard, and merchandising displays worldwide.

Rayonier Inc [[RYN]]- Rayonier, Inc. engages in the sale and development of real estate and timberland management, as well as in the production and sale of cellulose fibers in the United States, New Zealand, and Australia.

AMCOL International Corp [[ACO]]-
Amcol International Corporation focuses on the development and application of minerals and technology products and services to various industrial and consumer markets worldwide.

Arch Chemicals Inc [[ARJ]]- Arch Chemicals, Inc., a biocides company, provides chemistry-based and related solutions to destroy and control the growth of harmful microbes in the United States and internationally.

Astec Industries Inc [[ASTE]]-
Astec Industries, Inc. engages in the design, engineering, manufacture, and marketing of equipment and components used in road building, utility, and related construction activities worldwide.

Circor International Inc [[CIR]]- CIRCOR International, Inc. engages in the design, manufacture, and marketing of valves and other engineered products and sub-systems. The company operates in three segments: Energy, Aerospace, and Flow Technologies.

E I du Pont de Nemours and Co [[DD]]-
E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company (DuPont) operates as a science and technology company worldwide. It operates in seven segments: Agriculture & Nutrition, Electronics & Communications, Performance Chemicals, Performance Coatings, Performance Materials, Safety & Protection, and Pharmaceuticals. The Agriculture & Nutrition segment offers benzene and carbamic acid related intermediates, copper, insect control products, natural gas, soybeans, soy flake, soy lecithin, sulfonamides, corn, and soybean seeds. The Electronic & Communication segment supplies enabling materials and systems for alternative energy, electronics, flat panel displays, and advanced printing.

Eldorado Gold Corp [[EGO]]-
Eldorado Gold Corporation engages in the exploration, development, mining, extraction, processing, reclamation, and production of primarily gold and iron properties.

Eagle Materials Inc [[EXP]]- Eagle Materials, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the manufacture, distribution, and sale of gypsum wallboard and cement primarily in the United States.

Gerdau SA [[GGB]]- 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.

Its 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. The company also offers specialty and stainless steel products used in tools and machinery, chains, fasteners, railroad spikes, and special coil steel, as well as special sections, such as grader blades, smelter bars, light rails, super light I-beams, and elevator guide rails. In addition, it provides flat products, such as hot and cold steel coils, heavy plates, and profiles; and resells flat steel products manufactured by other Brazilian steel producers. The company, through its interest in Dona Francisca Energetica S.A., operates hydroelectric power plant with a nominal capacity of 125 megawatts located in Agudo, Rio Grande do Sul state.

Kinross Gold Corp [[KGC]]- Kinross Gold Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the gold mining and related activities. The company also involves in the exploration and acquisition of gold-bearing properties, the extraction and processing of gold-containing ores, and reclamation of gold mining properties. Its gold production and exploration activities are carried out principally in the United States, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, and the Russian Federation. As of December 31, 2009, its proven and probable mineral reserves were 51.0 million ounces of gold, 102.9 million ounces of silver, and 2.9 billion pounds of copper.

Lubrizol Corp [[LZ]]- The Lubrizol Corporation, a specialty chemical company, produces and supplies technologies that improve the performance of its customer’s products in the transportation, industrial, and consumer markets worldwide.

Mueller Industries Inc [[MLI]]- Mueller Industries, Inc. manufactures copper, brass, plastic, and aluminum products. It operates in two segments, Plumbing and Refrigeration, and Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM).

Minerals Technologies Inc [[MTX]]- Minerals Technologies Inc., a resource and technology based company, develops, produces, and markets a range of specialty mineral, mineral-based, and synthetic mineral products, as well as supporting systems and services worldwide. The company operates in two segments, Specialty Minerals and Refractories. The Specialty Minerals segment produces and sells the synthetic mineral product, precipitated calcium carbonate and processed mineral product, quicklime; and mines, processes, and sells natural mineral products, including limestone and talc.

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