Two out of the three major indices traded up today One out of the three major indices traded up today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading down 0.33 points (0.0%) at 17,403 as of Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015, 4:20 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,537 issues advancing vs. 1,563 declining with 108 unchanged.

The Metals & Mining industry as a whole closed the day up 3.4% versus the S&P 500, which was up 0.1%. Top gainers within the Metals & Mining industry included

Timberline Resources

(

TLR

), up 7.1%,

India Globalization Capital

(

IGC

), up 19.1%,

Minco Gold

(

MGH

), up 5.5%,

Sutor Technology Group

(

TOR

), up 11.2% and

Entree Gold

(

EGI

), up 5.1%.

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

Entree Gold

(

EGI

) is one of the companies that pushed the Metals & Mining industry higher today. Entree Gold was up $0.02 (5.1%) to $0.31 on light volume. Throughout the day, 38,038 shares of Entree Gold exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 52,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.29-$0.32 after having opened the day at $0.29 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.30.

Entree Gold has a market cap of $42.5 million and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 72.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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At the close,

India Globalization Capital

(

IGC

) was up $0.04 (19.1%) to $0.25 on average volume. Throughout the day, 36,878 shares of India Globalization Capital exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 33,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.20-$0.25 after having opened the day at $0.20 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.21.

India Globalization Capital, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in trading electronics; and the rental of heavy equipment in Hong Kong and India. India Globalization Capital has a market cap of $3.8 million and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 68.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate India Globalization Capital a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates India Globalization Capital as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on IGC go as follows:

  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and greatly underperformed compared to the Electronic Equipment, Instruments & Components industry average. The net income has significantly decreased by 31.0% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$1.46 million to -$1.92 million.
  • 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 Electronic Equipment, Instruments & Components industry and the overall market, INDIA GLOBALIZATION CAPITAL's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for INDIA GLOBALIZATION CAPITAL is currently extremely low, coming in at 5.41%. It has decreased significantly from the same period last year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -85.01% is significantly below that of the industry average.
  • IGC's stock share price has done very poorly compared to where it was a year ago: Despite any rallies, the net result is that it is down by 70.74%, which is also worse that the performance of the S&P 500 Index. Investors have so far failed to pay much attention to the earnings improvements the company has managed to achieve over the last quarter. 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.
  • IGC's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.22 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. Although the company had a strong debt-to-equity ratio, its quick ratio of 0.74 is somewhat weak and could be cause for future problems.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

India Globalization Capital Ratings Report

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Timberline Resources

(

TLR

) was another company that pushed the Metals & Mining industry higher today. Timberline Resources was up $0.03 (7.1%) to $0.45 on light volume. Throughout the day, 8,038 shares of Timberline Resources exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 14,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.44-$0.45 after having opened the day at $0.44 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.42.

Timberline Resources has a market cap of $5.1 million and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 28.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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