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The Metals & Mining industry as a whole closed the day down 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which was unchanged. Laggards within the Metals & Mining industry included Pacific Booker Minerals ( PBM), down 3.3%, Ossen Innovation ( OSN), down 2.0%, Alderon Iron Ore ( AXX), down 10.5%, Timberline Resources ( TLR), down 2.3% and Entree Gold ( EGI), down 2.5%.

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

Timberline Resources ( TLR) is one of the companies that pushed the Metals & Mining industry lower today. Timberline Resources was down $0.00 (2.3%) to $0.13 on light volume. Throughout the day, 77,609 shares of Timberline Resources exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 310,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $0.13-$0.14 after having opened the day at $0.14 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.13.

Timberline Resources has a market cap of $10.5 million and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 24.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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At the close, Alderon Iron Ore ( AXX) was down $0.15 (10.5%) to $1.28 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 57,878 shares of Alderon Iron Ore exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 26,100 shares. The stock ranged in price between $1.19-$1.42 after having opened the day at $1.42 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.43.

Alderon Iron Ore has a market cap of $184.8 million and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 9.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate Alderon Iron Ore a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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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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Ossen Innovation ( OSN) was another company that pushed the Metals & Mining industry lower today. Ossen Innovation was down $0.02 (2.0%) to $0.98 on light volume. Throughout the day, 10,225 shares of Ossen Innovation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 27,400 shares. The stock ranged in price between $0.97-$0.98 after having opened the day at $0.97 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.00.

Ossen Innovation Co., Ltd. engages in the manufacture and sale of plain surface prestressed steel materials, and rare earth coated and zinc coated prestressed steel materials in the People's Republic of China. Ossen Innovation has a market cap of $19.9 million and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 16.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ossen Innovation as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, attractive valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's profit margins have been poor overall.

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Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on OSN go as follows:

  • Powered by its strong earnings growth of 100.00% and other important driving factors, this stock has surged by 27.16% over the past year, outperforming the rise in the S&P 500 Index during the same period. Regarding the stock's future course, our hold rating indicates that we do not recommend additional investment in this stock despite its gains in the past year.
  • The return on equity has improved slightly when compared to the same quarter one year prior. This can be construed as a modest strength in the organization. Compared to other companies in the Metals & Mining industry and the overall market on the basis of return on equity, OSSEN INNOVATION CO LTD -ADR has outperformed in comparison with the industry average, but has underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500.
  • The company, on the basis of net income growth from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed compared to the Metals & Mining industry average, but is greater than that of the S&P 500. The net income increased by 126.3% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $0.74 million to $1.68 million.
  • The gross profit margin for OSSEN INNOVATION CO LTD -ADR is currently extremely low, coming in at 12.87%. Regardless of OSN's low profit margin, it has managed to increase from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, OSN's net profit margin of 5.06% is significantly lower than the industry average.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Ossen Innovation Ratings Report

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