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All three major indices traded up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 22 points (0.1%) at 16,756 as of Friday, June 13, 2014, 3:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,626 issues advancing vs. 1,329 declining with 172 unchanged.

The Basic Materials sector as a whole closed the day up 0.6% versus the S&P 500, which was up 0.2%. Top gainers within the Basic Materials sector included Sonde Resources ( SOQ), up 2.9%, Flexible Solutions International ( FSI), up 6.5%, Ossen Innovation ( OSN), up 3.5%, China Natural Resources ( CHNR), up 7.6% and WSP Holdings ( WH), up 3.2%.

TheStreet Ratings Group would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the sector higher today:

Ossen Innovation ( OSN) is one of the companies that pushed the Basic Materials sector higher today. Ossen Innovation was up $0.03 (3.5%) to $0.92 on light volume. Throughout the day, 2,651 shares of Ossen Innovation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 23,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.87-$0.94 after having opened the day at $0.94 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.89.

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 $18.3 million and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 25.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Ossen Innovation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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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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At the close, Flexible Solutions International ( FSI) was up $0.05 (6.5%) to $0.82 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 185,361 shares of Flexible Solutions International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 16,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.75-$0.84 after having opened the day at $0.75 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.77.

Flexible Solutions International, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, develops, manufactures, and markets specialty chemicals that slow the evaporation of water. Flexible Solutions International has a market cap of $10.1 million and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 19.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Flexible Solutions International a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Flexible Solutions International as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its unimpressive growth in net income and feeble growth in its earnings per share.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on FSI 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 Chemicals industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 340.0% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $0.07 million to -$0.16 million.
  • FLEXIBLE SOLUTIONS INTL INC's earnings have gone downhill when comparing its most recently reported quarter with the same quarter a year earlier. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. We feel it is likely to report a decline in earnings in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, FLEXIBLE SOLUTIONS INTL INC turned its bottom line around by earning $0.14 versus -$0.08 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 100.0% in earnings ($0.00 versus $0.14).
  • This stock's share value has moved by only 25.88% 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.
  • FSI, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 11.2%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 15.4%. The declining revenue appears to have seeped down to the company's bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Flexible Solutions International Ratings Report

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Sonde Resources ( SOQ) was another company that pushed the Basic Materials sector higher today. Sonde Resources was up $0.01 (2.9%) to $0.36 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 77,569 shares of Sonde Resources exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 28,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.34-$0.36 after having opened the day at $0.35 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.35.

Sonde Resources has a market cap of $18.5 million and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 49.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on SOQ go as follows:

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

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