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All three major indices are trading down today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading down 100.89 points (-0.6%) at 16,615 as of Wednesday, May 14, 2014, 3:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,325 issues advancing vs. 1,626 declining with 178 unchanged.

The Basic Materials sector as a whole closed the day down 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.6%. Top gainers within the Basic Materials sector included

Barnwell Industries

(

BRN

), up 2.8%,

Alderon Iron Ore

(

AXX

), up 2.3%,

PostRock Energy

(

PSTR

), up 5.3%,

Eurasian Minerals

(

EMXX

), up 3.7% and

Gold Standard Ventures

(

GSV

), up 2.0%.

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

Gold Standard Ventures

(

GSV

) is one of the companies that pushed the Basic Materials sector higher today. Gold Standard Ventures was up $0.01 (2.0%) to $0.55 on light volume. Throughout the day, 42,590 shares of Gold Standard Ventures exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 102,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.53-$0.56 after having opened the day at $0.56 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.54.

Gold Standard Ventures has a market cap of $52.3 million and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 16.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on GSV go as follows:

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Gold Standard Ventures Ratings Report

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At the close,

PostRock Energy

(

PSTR

) was up $0.07 (5.3%) to $1.45 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 42,025 shares of PostRock Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 23,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.40-$1.52 after having opened the day at $1.40 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.38.

PostRock Energy Corporation, an independent oil and gas company, is engaged in the acquisition, exploration, development, production, and gathering of crude oil and natural gas. PostRock Energy has a market cap of $41.6 million and is part of the energy industry. Shares are up 19.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate PostRock Energy a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates PostRock Energy as a

sell

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

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on PSTR go as follows:

  • Currently the debt-to-equity ratio of 1.58 is quite high overall and when compared to the industry average, suggesting that the current management of debt levels should be re-evaluated. Along with this, the company manages to maintain a quick ratio of 0.45, which clearly demonstrates the inability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to $2.32 million or 94.14% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • PSTR has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 8.18% 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 company's current return on equity greatly increased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of significant strength within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry and the overall market, POSTROCK ENERGY CORP's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • 46.64% is the gross profit margin for POSTROCK ENERGY CORP which we consider to be strong. It has increased significantly from the same period last year. Regardless of the strong results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of -40.89% is in-line with the industry average.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

PostRock Energy Ratings Report

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Alderon Iron Ore

(

AXX

) was another company that pushed the Basic Materials sector higher today. Alderon Iron Ore was up $0.03 (2.3%) to $1.31 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 34,086 shares of Alderon Iron Ore exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 22,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.28-$1.33 after having opened the day at $1.31 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.28.

Alderon Iron Ore has a market cap of $186.1 million and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 8.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on AXX go as follows:

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Alderon Iron Ore Ratings Report

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