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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading down 55.58 points (-0.3%) at 16,927 as of Tuesday, July 29, 2014, 3:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,583 issues advancing vs. 1,391 declining with 165 unchanged.

The Metals & Mining industry as a whole closed the day up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.3%. Top gainers within the Metals & Mining industry included

Alderon Iron Ore

(

AXX

), up 8.3%,

United States Antimony

(

UAMY

), up 2.3%,

Mountain Province Diamonds

(

MDM

), up 1.6%,

Quest Rare Minerals

(

QRM

), up 3.7% and

Sutor Technology Group

(

SUTR

), up 2.0%.

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

Mountain Province Diamonds

(

MDM

) is one of the companies that pushed the Metals & Mining industry higher today. Mountain Province Diamonds was up $0.08 (1.6%) to $5.21 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 15,742 shares of Mountain Province Diamonds exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $5.17-$5.26 after having opened the day at $5.23 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $5.13.

Mountain Province Diamonds has a market cap of $526.0 million and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 3.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on MDM go as follows:

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Mountain Province Diamonds Ratings Report

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At the close,

United States Antimony

(

UAMY

) was up $0.04 (2.3%) to $1.53 on average volume. Throughout the day, 36,029 shares of United States Antimony exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 25,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.50-$1.55 after having opened the day at $1.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.50.

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 $100.1 million and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 24.1% 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.

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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 significantly underperformed compared to the Metals & Mining industry average, but is greater than that of the S&P 500. 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 3.0%. 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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Alderon Iron Ore

(

AXX

) was another company that pushed the Metals & Mining industry higher today. Alderon Iron Ore was up $0.10 (8.3%) to $1.30 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 101,405 shares of Alderon Iron Ore exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 31,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.22-$1.30 after having opened the day at $1.22 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.20.

Alderon Iron Ore has a market cap of $154.9 million and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 23.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on AXX go as follows:

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Alderon Iron Ore Ratings Report

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