Editor's Note: Any reference to TheStreet Ratings and its underlying recommendation does not reflect the opinion of TheStreet, Inc. or any of its contributors including Jim Cramer or Stephanie Link.

The Basic Materials sector as a whole closed the day up 0.7% versus the S&P 500, which was up 1.0%. Laggards within the Basic Materials sector included Timberline Resources ( TLR), down 5.5%, Oxford Resource Partners ( OXF), down 2.6%, United States Antimony ( UAMY), down 2.4%, Metabolix ( MBLX), down 10.0% and Lucas Energy ( LEI), down 2.7%.

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 $0.04 (2.4%) to $1.60 on average volume. Throughout the day, 30,596 shares of United States Antimony exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 25,000 shares. The stock ranged in price between $1.54-$1.63 after having opened the day at $1.62 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.64.

United States Antimony Corporation produces and sells antimony, silver, gold, and zeolite products in the United States. United States Antimony has a market cap of $106.5 million and is part of the chemicals industry. Shares are down 14.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more.

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 significantly underperformed compared to the Metals & Mining industry average, but is greater than that of the S&P 500. 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 4.5%. 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

STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more.

At the close, Oxford Resource Partners ( OXF) was down $0.02 (2.6%) to $0.73 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 64,422 shares of Oxford Resource Partners exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 39,000 shares. The stock ranged in price between $0.72-$0.78 after having opened the day at $0.74 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.75.

Oxford Resource Partners has a market cap of $8.2 million and is part of the chemicals industry. Shares are down 39.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Oxford Resource Partners a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on OXF go as follows:

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

STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more.

Timberline Resources ( TLR) was another company that pushed the Basic Materials sector lower today. Timberline Resources was down $0.01 (5.5%) to $0.14 on light volume. Throughout the day, 38,827 shares of Timberline Resources exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 129,000 shares. The stock ranged in price between $0.13-$0.14 after having opened the day at $0.14 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.15.

Timberline Resources has a market cap of $9.7 million and is part of the chemicals industry. Shares are down 25.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on TLR go as follows:

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

STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more.