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All three major indices are trading down today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading down 170.50 points (-1.0%) at 17,737 as of Friday, Jan. 9, 2015, 4:20 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,146 issues advancing vs. 1,926 declining with 129 unchanged.

The Metals & Mining industry as a whole closed the day up 0.8% versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.8%. Top gainers within the Metals & Mining industry included

Entree Gold

(

EGI

), up 2.6%,

Minco Gold

(

MGH

), up 1.6%,

Mines Management

(

MGN

), up 1.8%,

Timberline Resources

(

TLR

), up 6.1% and

Silver Bull Resources

(

SVBL

), up 7.8%.

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

Timberline Resources

(

TLR

) is one of the companies that pushed the Metals & Mining industry higher today. Timberline Resources was up $0.04 (6.1%) to $0.76 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 73,571 shares of Timberline Resources exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 35,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.73-$0.78 after having opened the day at $0.73 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.72.

Timberline Resources has a market cap of $7.1 million and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 22.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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At the close,

Mines Management

(

MGN

) was up $0.01 (1.8%) to $0.56 on average volume. Throughout the day, 32,557 shares of Mines Management exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 40,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.54-$0.56 after having opened the day at $0.54 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.55.

Mines Management, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, acquires, explores, and develops various mineral properties in North and South America. The company explores for silver, and associated base and precious metals. Mines Management has a market cap of $14.9 million and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 17.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Mines Management a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Mines Management as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on MGN go as follows:

  • 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 Metals & Mining industry and the overall market, MINES MANAGEMENT INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Net operating cash flow has declined marginally to -$1.52 million or 3.12% when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite a decrease in cash flow MINES MANAGEMENT INC is still fairing well by exceeding its industry average cash flow growth rate of -31.21%.
  • MGN has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 10.53% from its price level of one year ago. The fact that the stock is now selling for less than others in its industry in relation to its current earnings is not reason enough to justify a buy rating at this time.
  • The revenue fell significantly faster than the industry average of 3.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 44.4%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share.
  • MINES MANAGEMENT INC has improved earnings per share by 16.7% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past year. During the past fiscal year, MINES MANAGEMENT INC continued to lose money by earning -$0.25 versus -$0.28 in the prior year.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Mines Management Ratings Report

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Entree Gold

(

EGI

) was another company that pushed the Metals & Mining industry higher today. Entree Gold was up $0.00 (2.6%) to $0.19 on average volume. Throughout the day, 64,234 shares of Entree Gold exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 73,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.18-$0.19 after having opened the day at $0.19 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.18.

Entree Gold has a market cap of $26.4 million and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 7.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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