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All three major indices traded up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 115 points (0.7%) at 17,091 as of Friday, July 18, 2014, 3:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,387 issues advancing vs. 565 declining with 160 unchanged.

The Basic Materials sector as a whole closed the day up 0.7% versus the S&P 500, which was up 1.0%. Top gainers within the Basic Materials sector included Entree Gold ( EGI), up 2.4%, Alderon Iron Ore ( AXX), up 8.3%, Flexible Solutions International ( FSI), up 1.9%, Eurasian Minerals ( EMXX), up 2.8% and Tengasco ( TGC), up 4.4%.

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

Flexible Solutions International ( FSI) is one of the companies that pushed the Basic Materials sector higher today. Flexible Solutions International was up $0.02 (1.9%) to $0.82 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 172,654 shares of Flexible Solutions International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 32,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.72-$0.86 after having opened the day at $0.75 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.80.

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 $10.7 million and is part of the metals & mining industry. Shares are down 15.6% 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 hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, reasonable valuation levels and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, weak operating cash flow and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on FSI go as follows:

  • FSI's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.25 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. Along with the favorable debt-to-equity ratio, the company maintains an adequate quick ratio of 1.28, which illustrates the ability to avoid short-term cash problems.
  • The company's current return on equity greatly increased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of significant strength within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Chemicals industry and the overall market on the basis of return on equity, FLEXIBLE SOLUTIONS INTL INC has underperformed in comparison with the industry average, but has exceeded that of the S&P 500.
  • 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.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$0.50 million or 972.34% 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: Flexible Solutions International Ratings Report

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At the close, Alderon Iron Ore ( AXX) was up $0.09 (8.3%) to $1.17 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 52,338 shares of Alderon Iron Ore exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 23,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.10-$1.18 after having opened the day at $1.11 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.08.

Alderon Iron Ore has a market cap of $143.2 million and is part of the metals & mining industry. Shares are down 29.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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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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Entree Gold ( EGI) was another company that pushed the Basic Materials sector higher today. Entree Gold was up $0.01 (2.4%) to $0.30 on light volume. Throughout the day, 23,786 shares of Entree Gold exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 65,000 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 $0.29.

Entree Gold has a market cap of $44.5 million and is part of the metals & mining industry. Shares are up 8.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on EGI go as follows:

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Entree Gold Ratings Report

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