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The Metals & Mining industry as a whole closed the day down 0.9% versus the S&P 500, which was up 0.1%. Laggards within the Metals & Mining industry included

Minco Gold

(

MGH

), down 2.7%,

Revett Mining

(

RVM

), down 2.9%,

Silver Bull Resources

(

SVBL

), down 8.1%,

Richmont Mines

(

RIC

), down 4.9% and

NovaCopper

(

NCQ

), down 5.7%.

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

Richmont Mines

(

RIC

) is one of the companies that pushed the Metals & Mining industry lower today. Richmont Mines was down $0.06 (4.9%) to $1.17 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 164,408 shares of Richmont Mines exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 102,800 shares. The stock ranged in price between $1.13-$1.26 after having opened the day at $1.23 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.23.

Richmont Mines Inc. is engaged in the mining, exploration, and development of mining properties, primarily gold in Canada. It operates three gold mines, including the Beaufor/W Zone and the Monique mines in Quebec; and the Island Gold Mine in Ontario. Richmont Mines has a market cap of $50.7 million and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 28.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Richmont Mines

as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its feeble growth in its earnings per share, unimpressive growth in net income, disappointing return on equity and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on RIC go as follows:

  • RICHMONT MINES INC has experienced a steep decline in earnings per share in the most recent quarter in comparison to its performance from the same quarter a year ago. The company has reported a trend of declining earnings per share over the past two years. During the past fiscal year, RICHMONT MINES INC reported poor results of -$0.84 versus -$0.09 in the prior year.
  • 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 76.3% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$16.50 million to -$29.08 million.
  • 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, RICHMONT MINES INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 25.30%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 928.57% compared to the year-earlier quarter. 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.
  • RIC's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.07 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. Along with the favorable debt-to-equity ratio, the company maintains an adequate quick ratio of 1.21, which illustrates the ability to avoid short-term cash problems.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Richmont Mines Ratings Report

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At the close,

Silver Bull Resources

(

SVBL

) was down $0.02 (8.1%) to $0.28 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 1,167,709 shares of Silver Bull Resources exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 188,000 shares. The stock ranged in price between $0.22-$0.31 after having opened the day at $0.31 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.30.

Silver Bull Resources has a market cap of $49.5 million and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 10.8% 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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Revett Mining

(

RVM

) was another company that pushed the Metals & Mining industry lower today. Revett Mining was down $0.02 (2.9%) to $0.78 on light volume. Throughout the day, 22,036 shares of Revett Mining exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 58,600 shares. The stock ranged in price between $0.77-$0.80 after having opened the day at $0.78 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.80.

Revett Mining Company, Inc. explores for and develops mineral properties. The company explores for silver and copper ores. It principally holds interests in the Troy Mine located in Lincoln County, Montana; and the Rock Creek project located in Sanders County, Montana. Revett Mining has a market cap of $31.5 million and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 10.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Revett Mining

as a

sell

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

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Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on RVM go as follows:

  • REVETT MINING CO INC has experienced a steep decline in earnings per share in the most recent quarter in comparison to its performance from the same quarter a year ago. The company has reported a trend of declining earnings per share over the past two years. During the past fiscal year, REVETT MINING CO INC swung to a loss, reporting -$0.34 versus $0.10 in the prior year.
  • 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 56.7% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$1.79 million to -$2.80 million.
  • 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, REVETT MINING CO INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to -$3.04 million or 44.21% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing the cash generation rate to the industry average, the firm's growth is significantly lower.
  • Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 37.40%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 60.00% compared to the year-earlier quarter. Turning toward the future, the fact that the stock has come down in price over the past year should not necessarily be interpreted as a negative; it could be one of the factors that may help make the stock attractive down the road. Right now, however, we believe that it is too soon to buy.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Revett Mining Ratings Report

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