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The Metals & Mining industry as a whole closed the day down 2.1% versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.2%. Laggards within the Metals & Mining industry included

Mines Management

(

MGN

), down 2.6%,

Pacific Booker Minerals

(

PBM

), down 3.6%,

United States Antimony

(

UAMY

), down 11.1%,

Solitario Exploration & Royalty

(

XPL

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), down 1.9% and

General Steel Holdings

(

GSI

), down 2.4%.

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

Solitario Exploration & Royalty

(

XPL

) is one of the companies that pushed the Metals & Mining industry lower today. Solitario Exploration & Royalty was down $0.01 (1.9%) to $0.53 on light volume. Throughout the day, 11,878 shares of Solitario Exploration & Royalty exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 41,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $0.50-$0.56 after having opened the day at $0.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.54.

Solitario Exploration & Royalty has a market cap of $21.6 million and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 41.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate Solitario Exploration & Royalty a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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At the close,

United States Antimony

(

UAMY

) was down $0.06 (11.1%) to $0.48 on light volume. Throughout the day, 18,869 shares of United States Antimony exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 34,200 shares. The stock ranged in price between $0.48-$0.49 after having opened the day at $0.48 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.54.

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 $35.1 million and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 22.9% 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 weak operating cash flow and poor profit margins.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on UAMY go as follows:

  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$0.24 million or 707.69% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • The gross profit margin for U S ANTIMONY CORP is currently extremely low, coming in at 3.97%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Regardless of the weak results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 14.93% is above that of the industry average.
  • Current return on equity exceeded its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a clear sign of strength within the company. Compared to other companies in the Metals & Mining industry and the overall market on the basis of return on equity, U S ANTIMONY CORP underperformed against that of the industry average and is significantly less than that of the S&P 500.
  • Despite the weak revenue results, UAMY has outperformed against the industry average of 15.3%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 0.2%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share.
  • UAMY's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.08 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. Even though the company has a strong debt-to-equity ratio, the quick ratio of 0.33 is very weak and demonstrates a lack of ability to pay short-term obligations.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

United States Antimony Ratings Report

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Mines Management

(

MGN

) was another company that pushed the Metals & Mining industry lower today. Mines Management was down $0.01 (2.6%) to $0.37 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 65,596 shares of Mines Management exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 27,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $0.35-$0.39 after having opened the day at $0.39 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.38.

Mines Management has a market cap of $11.6 million and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 19.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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