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All three major indices are trading down today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading down 112.47 points (-0.7%) at 16,912 as of Tuesday, July 8, 2014, 3:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,204 issues advancing vs. 1,839 declining with 128 unchanged.

The Basic Materials sector as a whole closed the day down 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.7%. Top gainers within the Basic Materials sector included

Flexible Solutions International

(

FSI

), up 1.8%,

CKX Lands

(

CKX

), up 2.8%,

Minco Gold

TheStreet Recommends

(

MGH

), up 2.1%,

Quest Rare Minerals

(

QRM

), up 1.8% and

Sinocoking Coal and Coke Chemicals

(

SCOK

), up 3.1%.

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

Sinocoking Coal and Coke Chemicals

(

SCOK

) is one of the companies that pushed the Basic Materials sector higher today. Sinocoking Coal and Coke Chemicals was up $0.04 (3.1%) to $1.35 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 256,875 shares of Sinocoking Coal and Coke Chemicals exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 61,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.15-$1.49 after having opened the day at $1.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.31.

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 $28.1 million and is part of the energy industry. Shares are up 12.9% 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.
  • In its most recent trading session, SCOK has closed at a price level that was not very different from its closing price of one year earlier. This is probably due to its weak earnings growth as well as other mixed factors. 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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At the close,

Quest Rare Minerals

(

QRM

) was up $0.00 (1.8%) to $0.28 on light volume. Throughout the day, 112,350 shares of Quest Rare Minerals exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 213,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.28-$0.29 after having opened the day at $0.28 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.28.

Quest Rare Minerals has a market cap of $19.5 million and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 40.4% 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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Flexible Solutions International

(

FSI

) was another company that pushed the Basic Materials sector higher today. Flexible Solutions International was up $0.02 (1.8%) to $0.86 on light volume. Throughout the day, 2,700 shares of Flexible Solutions International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 18,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.81-$0.86 after having opened the day at $0.85 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.84.

Flexible Solutions International, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, develops, manufactures, and markets specialty chemicals that slow the evaporation of water. Flexible Solutions International has a market cap of $11.1 million and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 12.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Flexible Solutions International a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Flexible Solutions International as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, reasonable valuation levels and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, weak operating cash flow and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on FSI go as follows:

  • FSI's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.25 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. Along with the favorable debt-to-equity ratio, the company maintains an adequate quick ratio of 1.28, which illustrates the ability to avoid short-term cash problems.
  • 35.54% is the gross profit margin for FLEXIBLE SOLUTIONS INTL INC which we consider to be strong. Regardless of FSI's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, FSI's net profit margin of -4.09% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.
  • 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 Chemicals industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 340.0% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $0.07 million to -$0.16 million.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$0.50 million or 972.34% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Flexible Solutions International Ratings Report

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