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All three major indices traded up today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading up 94 points (0.6%) at 16,903 as of Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 3:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,336 issues advancing vs. 1,652 declining with 168 unchanged.

The Basic Materials sector as a whole closed the day up 0.9% versus the S&P 500, which was up 0.7%. Top gainers within the Basic Materials sector included

Sinocoking Coal and Coke Chemicals

(

SCOK

), up 4.9%,

CKX Lands

(

CKX

), up 4.0%,

Silver Bull Resources

TheStreet Recommends

(

SVBL

), up 2.2%,

Quest Rare Minerals

(

QRM

), up 4.1% and

Pyramid Oil

(

PDO

), up 6.1%.

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

Quest Rare Minerals

(

QRM

) is one of the companies that pushed the Basic Materials sector higher today. Quest Rare Minerals was up $0.01 (4.1%) to $0.27 on average volume. Throughout the day, 188,157 shares of Quest Rare Minerals exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 154,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.25-$0.27 after having opened the day at $0.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.26.

Quest Rare Minerals has a market cap of $18.0 million and is part of the metals & mining industry. Shares are down 45.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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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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At the close,

Silver Bull Resources

(

SVBL

) was up $0.01 (2.2%) to $0.27 on light volume. Throughout the day, 26,771 shares of Silver Bull Resources exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 146,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.26-$0.27 after having opened the day at $0.27 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.26.

Silver Bull Resources has a market cap of $40.7 million and is part of the metals & mining industry. Shares are down 24.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on SVBL go as follows:

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Silver Bull Resources Ratings Report

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Sinocoking Coal and Coke Chemicals

(

SCOK

) was another company that pushed the Basic Materials sector higher today. Sinocoking Coal and Coke Chemicals was up $0.05 (4.9%) to $1.00 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 51,310 shares of Sinocoking Coal and Coke Chemicals exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 17,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.94-$1.00 after having opened the day at $0.94 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.95.

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 $21.1 million and is part of the metals & mining industry. Shares are down 17.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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.

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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