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All three major indices are trading down today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading down 127.73 points (-0.8%) at 16,384 as of Tuesday, May 20, 2014, 3:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 774 issues advancing vs. 2,216 declining with 147 unchanged.

The Basic Materials sector as a whole closed the day down 0.9% versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.5%. Top gainers within the Basic Materials sector included

Pacific Booker Minerals

(

PBM

), up 4.4%,

Minco Gold

(

MGH

), up 11.2%,

Entree Gold

TheStreet Recommends

(

EGI

), up 1.9%,

Quest Rare Minerals

(

QRM

), up 2.6% and

Solitario Exploration & Royalty

(

XPL

), up 2.6%.

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

Solitario Exploration & Royalty

(

XPL

) is one of the companies that pushed the Basic Materials sector higher today. Solitario Exploration & Royalty was up $0.03 (2.6%) to $1.16 on light volume. Throughout the day, 33,525 shares of Solitario Exploration & Royalty exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 84,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.13-$1.20 after having opened the day at $1.13 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.13.

Solitario Exploration & Royalty Corp., a development stage company, acquires and explores for precious and base metal properties in Peru, Brazil, and Mexico. It primarily explores for gold, silver, platinum, palladium, copper, lead, and zinc metals. Solitario Exploration & Royalty has a market cap of $43.1 million and is part of the energy industry. Shares are up 29.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Solitario Exploration & Royalty a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Solitario Exploration & Royalty as a

sell

. Among the areas we feel are negative, one of the most important has been a generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on XPL go as follows:

  • XPL has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 7.02% from its price level of one year ago. 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, on the basis of net income growth from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed compared to the Metals & Mining industry average, but is greater than that of the S&P 500. The net income increased by 52.3% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from -$0.88 million to -$0.42 million.
  • 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 Metals & Mining industry and the overall market, SOLITARIO EXPLORATION & RLTY's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Along with the stagnant revenue growth, the company underperformed against the industry average of 5.2%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues have remained constant. The stagnant revenue growth has not kept the company from increasing earnings per share.
  • Despite currently having a low debt-to-equity ratio of 0.49, it is higher than that of the industry average, inferring that management of debt levels may need to be evaluated further. Even though the debt-to-equity ratio shows mixed results, the company's quick ratio of 2.93 is very high and demonstrates very strong liquidity.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Solitario Exploration & Royalty Ratings Report

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At the close,

Quest Rare Minerals

(

QRM

) was up $0.01 (2.6%) to $0.40 on light volume. Throughout the day, 58,180 shares of Quest Rare Minerals exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 240,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.39-$0.41 after having opened the day at $0.39 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.39.

Quest Rare Minerals has a market cap of $27.0 million and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 14.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on QRM go as follows:

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Quest Rare Minerals Ratings Report

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Entree Gold

(

EGI

) was another company that pushed the Basic Materials sector higher today. Entree Gold was up $0.01 (1.9%) to $0.32 on light volume. Throughout the day, 27,610 shares of Entree Gold exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 140,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.31-$0.32 after having opened the day at $0.31 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.31.

Entree Gold has a market cap of $48.6 million and is part of the energy industry. Shares are up 18.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on EGI go as follows:

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Entree Gold Ratings Report

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Editor's Note: Any reference to TheStreet Ratings and its underlying recommendation does not reflect the opinion of TheStreet, Inc. or any of its contributors including Jim Cramer or Stephanie Link.