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All three major indices traded up today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading up 323 points (1.8%) at 17,908 as of Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015, 4:20 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,416 issues advancing vs. 715 declining with 85 unchanged.

The Basic Materials sector as a whole closed the day up 1.4% versus the S&P 500, which was up 1.8%. Top gainers within the Basic Materials sector included

Enerjex Resources

(

ENRJ

), up 7.8%,

Entree Gold

(

EGI

), up 3.1%,

Alderon Iron Ore

(

AXX

), up 5.6%,

Mines Management

(

MGN

), up 10.0% and

Barnwell Industries

(

BRN

), up 3.6%.

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

Alderon Iron Ore

(

AXX

) is one of the companies that pushed the Basic Materials sector higher today. Alderon Iron Ore was up $0.02 (5.6%) to $0.39 on light volume. Throughout the day, 12,900 shares of Alderon Iron Ore exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 52,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.37-$0.41 after having opened the day at $0.37 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.37.

Alderon Iron Ore has a market cap of $42.9 million and is part of the energy industry. Shares are up 9.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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At the close,

Entree Gold

(

EGI

) was up $0.01 (3.1%) to $0.18 on light volume. Throughout the day, 23,390 shares of Entree Gold exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 74,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.18-$0.19 after having opened the day at $0.19 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.18.

Entree Gold has a market cap of $29.2 million and is part of the energy industry. Shares are up 4.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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Enerjex Resources

(

ENRJ

) was another company that pushed the Basic Materials sector higher today. Enerjex Resources was up $0.11 (7.8%) to $1.52 on light volume. Throughout the day, 4,360 shares of Enerjex Resources exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.49-$1.59 after having opened the day at $1.49 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.41.

Enerjex Resources has a market cap of $12.5 million and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 29.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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.