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All three major indices are trading down today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading down 109.85 points (-0.6%) at 16,827 as of Tuesday, June 24, 2014, 3:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,625 issues advancing vs. 1,391 declining with 163 unchanged.

The Metals & Mining industry as a whole closed the day down 1.6% versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.7%. Top gainers within the Metals & Mining industry included

Pacific Booker Minerals

(

PBM

), up 2.1%,

Minco Gold

(

MGH

), up 2.1%,

United States Antimony

(

UAMY

), up 7.4%,

Sinocoking Coal and Coke Chemicals

(

SCOK

), up 5.5% and

Quest Rare Minerals

(

QRM

), up 3.9%.

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

Quest Rare Minerals

(

QRM

) is one of the companies that pushed the Metals & Mining industry higher today. Quest Rare Minerals was up $0.01 (3.9%) to $0.32 on average volume. Throughout the day, 180,654 shares of Quest Rare Minerals exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 196,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.30-$0.33 after having opened the day at $0.33 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.30.

Quest Rare Minerals has a market cap of $21.5 million and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 35.5% 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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At the close,

Sinocoking Coal and Coke Chemicals

(

SCOK

) was up $0.06 (5.5%) to $1.25 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 70,795 shares of Sinocoking Coal and Coke Chemicals exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 46,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.17-$1.26 after having opened the day at $1.22 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.18.

SinoCoking Coal and Coke Chemical Industries, Inc. operates as a coal and coke producer in the People's Republic of China. Its products include raw coal, washed coal, medium or mid-coal, coal slurries, coke, coal tar, and crude benzol. It provides metallurgical coke for steel manufacturing. Sinocoking Coal and Coke Chemicals has a market cap of $26.4 million and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 2.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Sinocoking Coal and Coke Chemicals a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Sinocoking Coal and Coke Chemicals as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and growth in earnings per share. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on SCOK go as follows:

  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has exceeded that of the S&P 500 and greatly outperformed compared to the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry average. The net income increased by 46.8% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $0.50 million to $0.74 million.
  • The current debt-to-equity ratio, 0.38, is low and is below the industry average, implying that there has been successful management of debt levels. To add to this, SCOK has a quick ratio of 1.68, which demonstrates the ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • SCOK, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 3.2%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 20.9%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share.
  • 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 Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry and the overall market, SINOCOKING COAL & COKE CHEM's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • SCOK has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 16.78% from its price level of one year ago. Looking ahead, other than the push or pull of the broad market, we do not see anything in the company's numbers that may help reverse the decline experienced over the past 12 months. Despite the past decline, the stock is still selling for more than most others in its industry.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Sinocoking Coal and Coke Chemicals Ratings Report

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United States Antimony

(

UAMY

) was another company that pushed the Metals & Mining industry higher today. United States Antimony was up $0.12 (7.4%) to $1.74 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 57,187 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 $1.63-$1.74 after having opened the day at $1.63 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.62.

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 basic materials sector. Shares are down 17.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are no analysts who rate United States Antimony a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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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