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All three major indices traded up today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading up 49 points (0.3%) at 16,867 as of Wednesday, June 25, 2014, 3:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,840 issues advancing vs. 1,188 declining with 141 unchanged.

The Basic Materials sector as a whole closed the day up 0.7% versus the S&P 500, which was up 0.5%. Top gainers within the Basic Materials sector included

Flexible Solutions International

(

FSI

), up 2.4%,

CKX Lands

(

CKX

), up 6.0%,

PrimeEnergy

(

PNRG

), up 5.8%,

PostRock Energy

(

PSTR

), up 3.3% and

United States Antimony

(

UAMY

), up 2.3%.

TheStreet Ratings Group would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the sector higher today:

United States Antimony

(

UAMY

) is one of the companies that pushed the Basic Materials sector higher today. United States Antimony was up $0.04 (2.3%) to $1.79 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,153 shares of United States Antimony exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 23,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.76-$1.79 after having opened the day at $1.78 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.75.

United States Antimony Corporation produces and sells antimony, silver, gold, and zeolite products in the United States. United States Antimony has a market cap of $96.9 million and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 11.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate United States Antimony a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates United States Antimony as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins and feeble growth in its earnings per share.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on UAMY go as follows:

  • Current return on equity is lower than its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a clear sign of weakness within the company. Compared to other companies in the Metals & Mining industry and the overall market, U S ANTIMONY CORP's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for U S ANTIMONY CORP is currently extremely low, coming in at 4.54%. Regardless of UAMY's low profit margin, it has managed to increase from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, UAMY's net profit margin of -12.12% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.
  • U S ANTIMONY CORP reported flat earnings per share in the most recent quarter. The company has reported a trend of declining earnings per share over the past two years. During the past fiscal year, U S ANTIMONY CORP reported poor results of -$0.03 versus -$0.01 in the prior year.
  • The company, on the basis of net income growth from the same quarter one year ago, has underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and greatly underperformed compared to the Metals & Mining industry average. The net income increased by 12.5% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from -$0.41 million to -$0.36 million.
  • UAMY, with its decline in revenue, slightly underperformed the industry average of 4.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 0.5%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to not be hurting the bottom line, shown by stable earnings per share.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

United States Antimony Ratings Report

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At the close,

PostRock Energy

(

PSTR

) was up $0.05 (3.3%) to $1.55 on average volume. Throughout the day, 19,741 shares of PostRock Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 22,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.50-$1.58 after having opened the day at $1.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.50.

PostRock Energy Corporation, an independent oil and gas company, is engaged in the acquisition, exploration, development, production, and gathering of crude oil and natural gas. PostRock Energy has a market cap of $46.9 million and is part of the energy industry. Shares are up 29.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate PostRock Energy a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates PostRock Energy as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally high debt management risk and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on PSTR go as follows:

  • Currently the debt-to-equity ratio of 1.69 is quite high overall and when compared to the industry average, suggesting that the current management of debt levels should be re-evaluated. Along with the unfavorable debt-to-equity ratio, PSTR maintains a poor quick ratio of 0.85, which illustrates the inability to avoid short-term cash problems.
  • In its most recent trading session, PSTR has closed at a price level that was not very different from its closing price of one year earlier. This is probably due to its weak earnings growth as well as other mixed factors. The fact that the stock is now selling for less than others in its industry in relation to its current earnings is not reason enough to justify a buy rating at this time.
  • The company's current return on equity greatly increased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of significant strength within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry and the overall market, POSTROCK ENERGY CORP's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for POSTROCK ENERGY CORP is rather high; currently it is at 52.89%. It has increased significantly from the same period last year. Regardless of the strong results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of -29.00% is in-line with the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 153.69% to $1.52 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, POSTROCK ENERGY CORP has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of 17.51%.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

PostRock Energy Ratings Report

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Flexible Solutions International

(

FSI

) was another company that pushed the Basic Materials sector higher today. Flexible Solutions International was up $0.02 (2.4%) to $0.85 on average volume. Throughout the day, 21,695 shares of Flexible Solutions International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 18,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.83-$0.90 after having opened the day at $0.87 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.83.

Flexible Solutions International, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, develops, manufactures, and markets specialty chemicals that slow the evaporation of water. Flexible Solutions International has a market cap of $10.7 million and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 13.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Flexible Solutions International a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Flexible Solutions International as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in stock price during the past year, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and reasonable valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, weak operating cash flow and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on FSI go as follows:

  • This stock has managed to rise its share value by 8.83% over the past twelve months. Despite the fact that it has already risen in the past year, there is currently no conclusive evidence that warrants the purchase or sale of this stock.
  • FSI's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.25 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. Along with the favorable debt-to-equity ratio, the company maintains an adequate quick ratio of 1.28, which illustrates the ability to avoid short-term cash problems.
  • 35.54% is the gross profit margin for FLEXIBLE SOLUTIONS INTL INC which we consider to be strong. Regardless of FSI's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, FSI's net profit margin of -4.09% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.
  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Chemicals industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 340.0% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $0.07 million to -$0.16 million.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$0.50 million or 972.34% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Flexible Solutions International Ratings Report

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