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The Basic Materials sector as a whole closed the day up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.8%. Laggards within the Basic Materials sector included

Quest Rare Minerals

(

QRM

), down 4.5%,

Enerjex Resources

(

ENRJ

), down 11.2%,

Alderon Iron Ore

(

AXX

), down 4.5%,

Tengasco

(

TGC

), down 10.7% and

Tasman Metals

(

TAS

), down 6.7%.

TheStreet Ratings Group would like to highlight 3 stocks that pushed the sector lower today:

Alderon Iron Ore

(

AXX

) is one of the companies that pushed the Basic Materials sector lower today. Alderon Iron Ore was down $0.02 (4.5%) to $0.37 on light volume. Throughout the day, 10,700 shares of Alderon Iron Ore exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 52,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $0.37-$0.40 after having opened the day at $0.40 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.39.

Alderon Iron Ore has a market cap of $48.2 million and is part of the energy industry. Shares are up 15.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Alderon Iron Ore a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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At the close,

Enerjex Resources

(

ENRJ

) was down $0.17 (11.2%) to $1.35 on average volume. Throughout the day, 7,457 shares of Enerjex Resources exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $1.33-$1.47 after having opened the day at $1.42 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.52.

Enerjex Resources has a market cap of $10.8 million and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 24.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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Quest Rare Minerals

(

QRM

) was another company that pushed the Basic Materials sector lower today. Quest Rare Minerals was down $0.00 (4.5%) to $0.10 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 191,747 shares of Quest Rare Minerals exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 106,700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $0.10-$0.11 after having opened the day at $0.11 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.10.

Quest Rare Minerals has a market cap of $8.6 million and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 4.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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