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

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading up 5 points (0.0%) at 16,911 as of Thursday, June 19, 2014, 3:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,514 issues advancing vs. 1,469 declining with 176 unchanged.

The Basic Materials sector as a whole closed the day up 1.3% versus the S&P 500, which was up 0.1%. Top gainers within the Basic Materials sector included

Timberline Resources

(

TLR

), up 17.1%,

Sinocoking Coal and Coke Chemicals

(

SCOK

), up 26.0%,

Entree Gold

TheStreet Recommends

(

EGI

), up 10.9%,

Minco Gold

(

MGH

), up 14.1% and

PostRock Energy

(

PSTR

), up 4.1%.

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

Entree Gold

(

EGI

) is one of the companies that pushed the Basic Materials sector higher today. Entree Gold was up $0.04 (10.9%) to $0.36 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 613,396 shares of Entree Gold exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 59,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.32-$0.36 after having opened the day at $0.32 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.32.

Entree Gold has a market cap of $47.0 million and is part of the energy industry. Shares are up 14.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on EGI go as follows:

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Entree Gold Ratings Report

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At the close,

Sinocoking Coal and Coke Chemicals

(

SCOK

) was up $0.26 (26.0%) to $1.26 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 1,543,815 shares of Sinocoking Coal and Coke Chemicals exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 17,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.00-$1.50 after having opened the day at $1.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.00.

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 $20.1 million and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 13.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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 3.1%. 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'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 33.78%, 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. Despite the heavy decline in its share price, this stock is still more expensive (when compared to its current earnings) than most other companies in its industry.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Sinocoking Coal and Coke Chemicals Ratings Report

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Timberline Resources

(

TLR

) was another company that pushed the Basic Materials sector higher today. Timberline Resources was up $0.02 (17.1%) to $0.13 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 405,529 shares of Timberline Resources exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 145,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.11-$0.15 after having opened the day at $0.12 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.11.

Timberline Resources has a market cap of $8.8 million and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 36.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on TLR go as follows:

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Timberline Resources Ratings Report

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