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The Basic Materials sector as a whole closed the day down 1.5% versus the S&P 500, which was up 1.1%. Laggards within the Basic Materials sector included

Minco Gold

(

MGH

), down 5.6%,

Quest Rare Minerals

(

QRM

), down 6.5%,

Entree Gold

(

EGI

), down 3.6%,

Tengasco

(

TGC

), down 3.6% and

United States Antimony

(

UAMY

), down 10.0%.

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

United States Antimony

(

UAMY

) is one of the companies that pushed the Basic Materials sector lower today. United States Antimony was down $0.07 (10.0%) to $0.63 on average volume. Throughout the day, 42,414 shares of United States Antimony exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 42,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $0.60-$0.68 after having opened the day at $0.68 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.70.

United States Antimony Corporation produces and sells antimony, silver, gold, and zeolite products in the United States. United States Antimony has a market cap of $39.0 million and is part of the energy industry. Shares are unchanged year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

United States Antimony

as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow and feeble growth in its earnings per share.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on UAMY go as follows:

  • 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 Metals & Mining industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 252.2% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$0.16 million to -$0.56 million.
  • 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 Metals & Mining industry and the overall market, U S ANTIMONY CORP's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$1.29 million or 1648.64% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • U S ANTIMONY CORP has shown no change in earnings for its most recently reported quarter when compared with the same quarter a year earlier. The company has suffered a declining pattern earnings per share over the past two years. During the past fiscal year, U S ANTIMONY CORP reported poor results of -$0.03 versus -$0.01 in the prior year.
  • This stock's share value has moved by only 66.51% over the past year. Naturally, the overall market trend is bound to be a significant factor. However, in one sense, the stock's sharp decline last year is a positive for future investors, making it cheaper (in proportion to its earnings over the past year) than most other stocks in its industry. But due to other concerns, we feel the stock is still not a good buy right now.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

United States Antimony Ratings Report

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At the close,

Entree Gold

(

EGI

) was down $0.01 (3.6%) to $0.16 on light volume. Throughout the day, 33,700 shares of Entree Gold exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 80,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $0.16-$0.17 after having opened the day at $0.17 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.17.

Entree Gold has a market cap of $25.7 million and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 1.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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Quest Rare Minerals

(

QRM

) was another company that pushed the Basic Materials sector lower today. Quest Rare Minerals was down $0.01 (6.5%) to $0.08 on average volume. Throughout the day, 155,218 shares of Quest Rare Minerals exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 143,800 shares. The stock ranged in price between $0.08-$0.09 after having opened the day at $0.09 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.09.

Quest Rare Minerals has a market cap of $6.8 million and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 18.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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