Basic Material Volatile Stocks: Valhi (NYSE:VHI), Synthesis Energy Systems (NASDAQ:SYMX), Endeavour International (NYSE:END), Rentech (NASDAQ:RTK), C&J Energy Services (NYSE:CJES)

Valhi, Inc (NYSE:VHI) Insider Harold Simmons Foundation Inc sold 1,124,529 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, June 25th. The stock was sold at an average price of $5.02, for a total value of $5,645,135.58. Valhi, Inc. (NYSE:VHI) stock performance was 3.44% in last session and finished the day at $6.01. Traded volume was 1.06million shares in the last session and the average volume of the stock remained 114.60K shares. The beta of the stock remained 1.48. Valhi, Inc. (NYSE:VHI) insider ownership is 0.70%.

Robert Rigdon, president and CEO of Houston-based Synthesis Energy Systems Inc. (NASDAQ:SYMX), has a plan for using cheap, low-quality coal in a much “cleaner” way to power China and much of the developing world. Synthesis uses a gasification process to turn coal into synthetic gas, or syngas, that can be further processed into making power, transportation fuels, methanol and other chemicals. Synthesis Energy Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:SYMX) rose 8.38 percent to $1.81 Thursday on volume of 2.18million shares. The intra-day range of the stock was $1.65 to $1.93. Synthesis Energy Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:SYMX) has a market capitalization of $131.79million.

On 10 June, Endeavour International Corporation (NYSE:END) announced that it has received numerous calls from analysts and investors making inquiries regarding recent market activity in the company’s stock. Management explained it was unaware of any reason why recent trading of the stock has resulted in a significant decrease in its price over the few days prior. Endeavour International Corporation (NYSE:END)’s stock on June 26, 2014 reported a increase of 5.76% to the closing price of $1.47. Its fifty two weeks range is $1.02 -$7.50. The total market capitalization recorded $76.38million. The overall volume in the last trading session was 2.30million shares. In its share capital, END has 51.97million outstanding shares.

Rentech, Inc. (NASDAQ:RTK) shareholder Dolphin Limited Partnership calls on RTK to spin off its wood fiber processing business and establish a strategic alternatives process to maximize value for RTK’s 59.8% interest in Rentech Nitrogen Partners (RNF +2.9%).Dolphin says a successful process that drives RNF to ~$30/unit would generate a near 50% increase in RTK’s current share price. On Thursday, shares of Rentech, Inc. (NASDAQ:RTK) advanced 3.29% to close the day at $2.51. Company return on investment (ROI) is 2.00% and its monthly performance is recorded as 6.36%.  Rentech, Inc. (NASDAQ:RTK) quarterly revenue growth is 38.67%.

Nabors Industries Ltd. (NYSE:NBR) jumped 6.2 percent to $29 after C&J Energy Services Inc. (NYSE:CJES) agreed to acquire the oil drilling company’s hydraulic fracturing business for $2.86 billion in cash and stock. C&J Energy Services Inc (NYSE:CJES) stock performance was 0.03% in last session and finished the day at $32.82. Traded volume was 2.13million shares in the last session and the average volume of the stock remained 648.35K shares. C&J Energy Services Inc (NYSE:CJES) insider ownership is 3.50%.