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All three major indices traded up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 49 points (0.3%) at 16,867 as of Wednesday, June 25, 2014, 3:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,840 issues advancing vs. 1,188 declining with 141 unchanged.

The Metals & Mining industry as a whole closed the day up 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which was up 0.5%. Top gainers within the Metals & Mining industry included Silver Bull Resources ( SVBL), up 4.3%, General Steel Holdings ( GSI), up 5.6%, China Gerui Advanced Materials Group ( CHOP), up 2.5%, Avalon Rare Metals ( AVL), up 2.2% and Northern Dynasty Minerals ( NAK), up 3.7%.

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

China Gerui Advanced Materials Group ( CHOP) is one of the companies that pushed the Metals & Mining industry higher today. China Gerui Advanced Materials Group was up $0.02 (2.5%) to $0.77 on light volume. Throughout the day, 69,260 shares of China Gerui Advanced Materials Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 155,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.72-$0.77 after having opened the day at $0.75 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.75.

China Gerui Advanced Materials Group Limited operates as a contract manufacturer of cold-rolled narrow strip steel products in the People's Republic of China and internationally. The company converts steel manufactured by third parties into thin steel sheets and strips. China Gerui Advanced Materials Group has a market cap of $44.6 million and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 40.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate China Gerui Advanced Materials Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates China Gerui Advanced Materials Group 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, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on CHOP go as follows:

  • CHINA GERUI ADV MATERIALS GP's earnings have gone downhill when comparing its most recently reported quarter with the same quarter a year earlier. The company has reported a trend of declining earnings per share over the past two years. During the past fiscal year, CHINA GERUI ADV MATERIALS GP swung to a loss, reporting -$0.23 versus $0.45 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 4304.2% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$0.10 million to -$4.18 million.
  • 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 on the basis of return on equity, CHINA GERUI ADV MATERIALS GP underperformed against that of the industry average and is significantly less than that of the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for CHINA GERUI ADV MATERIALS GP is currently extremely low, coming in at 8.19%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -15.82% is significantly below that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to $2.22 million or 43.77% when compared to the same quarter last year. In conjunction, when comparing current results to the industry average, CHINA GERUI ADV MATERIALS GP has marginally lower results.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: China Gerui Advanced Materials Group Ratings Report

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At the close, General Steel Holdings ( GSI) was up $0.05 (5.6%) to $0.98 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 701,695 shares of General Steel Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 101,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.96-$1.14 after having opened the day at $0.99 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.93.

General Steel Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells steel products in the People's Republic of China. General Steel Holdings has a market cap of $53.1 million and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 0.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate General Steel Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates General Steel Holdings as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its unimpressive growth in net income, poor profit margins and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on GSI 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 Metals & Mining industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 1503.9% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $3.10 million to -$43.56 million.
  • The gross profit margin for GENERAL STEEL HOLDINGS INC is currently extremely low, coming in at 0.30%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -7.33% is significantly below that of the industry average.
  • The share price of GENERAL STEEL HOLDINGS INC has not done very well: it is down 7.07% and has underperformed the S&P 500, in part reflecting the company's sharply declining earnings per share when compared to the year-earlier quarter. The fact that the stock is now selling for less than others in its industry in relation to its current earnings is not reason enough to justify a buy rating at this time.
  • GENERAL STEEL HOLDINGS 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. This company has not demonstrated a clear trend in earnings over the past 2 years, making it difficult to accurately predict earnings for the coming year. During the past fiscal year, GENERAL STEEL HOLDINGS INC continued to lose money by earning -$0.59 versus -$2.78 in the prior year.
  • GSI, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 4.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 8.8%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: General Steel Holdings Ratings Report

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Silver Bull Resources ( SVBL) was another company that pushed the Metals & Mining industry higher today. Silver Bull Resources was up $0.01 (4.3%) to $0.29 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 2,484,819 shares of Silver Bull Resources exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 170,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.29-$0.30 after having opened the day at $0.30 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.28.

Silver Bull Resources has a market cap of $43.6 million and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 20.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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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