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The Basic Materials sector as a whole closed the day up 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.9%. Laggards within the Basic Materials sector included Timberline Resources ( TLR), down 5.1%, Ossen Innovation ( OSN), down 3.1%, United States Antimony ( UAMY), down 1.7%, Quest Rare Minerals ( QRM), down 7.0% and WSP Holdings ( WH), down 4.3%.

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 $0.03 (1.7%) to $1.77 on light volume. Throughout the day, 9,425 shares of United States Antimony exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 23,800 shares. The stock ranged in price between $1.69-$1.80 after having opened the day at $1.77 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.80.

United States Antimony Corporation engages in the production and sale of antimony, silver, gold, and zeolite products in the United States. The company operates through two divisions, Antimony and Zeolite. United States Antimony has a market cap of $110.9 million and is part of the metals & mining industry. Shares are down 8.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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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 disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins and feeble growth in its earnings per share.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on UAMY go as follows:

  • Current return on equity is lower than its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a clear sign of weakness within the company. 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.
  • The gross profit margin for U S ANTIMONY CORP is currently extremely low, coming in at 4.54%. Regardless of UAMY's low profit margin, it has managed to increase from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, UAMY's net profit margin of -12.12% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.
  • U S ANTIMONY CORP reported flat earnings per share in the most recent quarter. The company has reported a trend of declining 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.
  • The company, on the basis of net income growth from the same quarter one year ago, has underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and greatly underperformed compared to the Metals & Mining industry average. The net income increased by 12.5% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from -$0.41 million to -$0.36 million.
  • UAMY, with its decline in revenue, slightly underperformed the industry average of 4.1%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 0.5%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to not be hurting the bottom line, shown by stable earnings per share.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: United States Antimony Ratings Report

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At the close, Ossen Innovation ( OSN) was down $0.03 (3.1%) to $0.89 on average volume. Throughout the day, 17,625 shares of Ossen Innovation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 23,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $0.88-$0.90 after having opened the day at $0.88 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.92.

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 $17.6 million and is part of the metals & mining industry. Shares are down 22.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Ossen Innovation as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance and attractive valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on OSN go as follows:

  • OSN's very impressive revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 4.1%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues leaped by 53.0%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displayed by a decline in earnings per share.
  • Compared to its closing price of one year ago, OSN's share price has jumped by 29.83%, exceeding the performance of the broader market during that same time frame. 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 gross profit margin for OSSEN INNOVATION CO LTD -ADR is currently extremely low, coming in at 8.24%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 2.82% significantly trails the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$7.97 million or 288.74% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.

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

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Timberline Resources ( TLR) was another company that pushed the Basic Materials sector lower today. Timberline Resources was down $0.01 (5.1%) to $0.11 on light volume. Throughout the day, 51,552 shares of Timberline Resources exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 169,100 shares. The stock ranged in price between $0.11-$0.12 after having opened the day at $0.12 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.12.

Timberline Resources has a market cap of $8.3 million and is part of the metals & mining industry. Shares are down 37.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on TLR go as follows:

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Timberline Resources Ratings Report

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