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All three major indices traded up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 68 points (0.4%) at 16,974 as of Wednesday, July 9, 2014, 3:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,593 issues advancing vs. 1,369 declining with 158 unchanged.

The Basic Materials sector as a whole closed the day up 0.7% versus the S&P 500, which was up 0.5%. Top gainers within the Basic Materials sector included Great Panther Silver ( GPL), up 6.2%, Augusta Resource ( AZC), up 2.9%, Timberline Resources ( TLR), up 4.0%, Entree Gold ( EGI), up 3.3% and Atlatsa Resources ( ATL), up 2.1%.

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

Timberline Resources ( TLR) is one of the companies that pushed the Basic Materials sector higher today. Timberline Resources was up $0.00 (4.0%) to $0.13 on light volume. Throughout the day, 75,889 shares of Timberline Resources exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 139,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.12-$0.13 after having opened the day at $0.13 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.12.

Timberline Resources has a market cap of $9.4 million and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 29.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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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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At the close, Augusta Resource ( AZC) was up $0.10 (2.9%) to $3.54 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 397,478 shares of Augusta Resource exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $3.41-$3.57 after having opened the day at $3.41 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $3.44.

Augusta Resource has a market cap of $493.1 million and is part of the energy industry. Shares are up 140.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on AZC go as follows:

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Augusta Resource Ratings Report

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Great Panther Silver ( GPL) was another company that pushed the Basic Materials sector higher today. Great Panther Silver was up $0.08 (6.2%) to $1.38 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 2,561,399 shares of Great Panther Silver exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.27-$1.41 after having opened the day at $1.32 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.30.

Great Panther Silver Limited, a silver mining and exploration company, is engaged in the mining of mineral properties in Mexico. The company explores for silver, gold, lead, and zinc. Great Panther Silver has a market cap of $168.1 million and is part of the energy industry. Shares are up 78.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Great Panther Silver a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Great Panther Silver 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, weak operating cash flow and poor profit margins.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on GPL go as follows:

  • GREAT PANTHER SILVER LTD 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. The company has reported a trend of declining earnings per share over the past two years. During the past fiscal year, GREAT PANTHER SILVER LTD swung to a loss, reporting -$0.09 versus $0.03 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 147.2% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $1.28 million to -$0.60 million.
  • Return on equity has greatly decreased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of major weakness within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Metals & Mining industry and the overall market, GREAT PANTHER SILVER LTD's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to $1.22 million or 64.46% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing the cash generation rate to the industry average, the firm's growth is significantly lower.
  • The gross profit margin for GREAT PANTHER SILVER LTD is rather low; currently it is at 24.97%. Regardless of GPL's low profit margin, it has managed to increase from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, GPL's net profit margin of -4.67% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Great Panther Silver Ratings Report

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