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All three major indices are trading down today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading down 323.28 points (-1.8%) at 17,510 as of Monday, Jan. 5, 2015, 3:25 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 657 issues advancing vs. 2,433 declining with 104 unchanged.

The Metals & Mining industry as a whole closed the day down 0.6% versus the S&P 500, which was down 1.9%. Top gainers within the Metals & Mining industry included

Mines Management

(

MGN

), up 3.8%,

Timberline Resources

(

TLR

), up 13.1%,

United States Antimony

(

UAMY

), up 12.4%,

Silver Bull Resources

(

SVBL

), up 4.5% and

Tasman Metals

(

TAS

), up 3.5%.

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

United States Antimony

(

UAMY

) is one of the companies that pushed the Metals & Mining industry higher today. United States Antimony was up $0.09 (12.4%) to $0.85 on light volume. Throughout the day, 20,812 shares of United States Antimony exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 36,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.75-$0.91 after having opened the day at $0.75 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.76.

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 $46.2 million and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are unchanged year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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 deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow and feeble growth in its earnings per share.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on UAMY go as follows:

  • 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 Metals & Mining industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 252.2% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$0.16 million to -$0.56 million.
  • The company's current return on equity has slightly decreased from the same quarter one year prior. This implies a minor weakness in the organization. Compared to other companies in the Metals & Mining industry and the overall market on the basis of return on equity, U S ANTIMONY CORP underperformed against that of the industry average and is significantly less than that of the S&P 500.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$1.29 million or 1648.64% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • U S ANTIMONY CORP has shown no change in earnings for its most recently reported quarter when compared with the same quarter a year earlier. The company has suffered a declining pattern 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.
  • This stock's share value has moved by only 61.03% over the past year. Naturally, the overall market trend is bound to be a significant factor. However, in one sense, the stock's sharp decline last year is a positive for future investors, making it cheaper (in proportion to its earnings over the past year) than most other stocks in its industry. But due to other concerns, we feel the stock is still not a good buy right now.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

United States Antimony Ratings Report

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At the close,

Timberline Resources

(

TLR

) was up $0.08 (13.1%) to $0.69 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 51,193 shares of Timberline Resources exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 34,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.61-$0.72 after having opened the day at $0.61 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.61.

Timberline Resources has a market cap of $5.8 million and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are unchanged year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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Mines Management

(

MGN

) was another company that pushed the Metals & Mining industry higher today. Mines Management was up $0.02 (3.8%) to $0.49 on light volume. Throughout the day, 2,714 shares of Mines Management exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 42,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.47-$0.49 after having opened the day at $0.49 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.47.

Mines Management, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, acquires, explores, and develops various mineral properties in North and South America. The company explores for silver, and associated base and precious metals. Mines Management has a market cap of $14.0 million and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are unchanged year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Mines Management a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Mines Management as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on MGN go as follows:

  • Return on equity has greatly decreased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of major weakness within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Metals & Mining industry and the overall market, MINES MANAGEMENT INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Net operating cash flow has declined marginally to -$1.52 million or 3.12% when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite a decrease in cash flow MINES MANAGEMENT INC is still fairing well by exceeding its industry average cash flow growth rate of -31.21%.
  • MGN has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 10.53% 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 revenue fell significantly faster than the industry average of 3.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 44.4%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share.
  • MINES MANAGEMENT INC has improved earnings per share by 16.7% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past year. During the past fiscal year, MINES MANAGEMENT INC continued to lose money by earning -$0.25 versus -$0.28 in the prior year.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Mines Management Ratings Report

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