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The Metals & Mining industry as a whole closed the day down 1.0% versus the S&P 500, which was up 0.1%. Laggards within the Metals & Mining industry included Atlatsa Resources ( ATL), down 4.6%, Ossen Innovation ( OSN), down 4.1%, Entree Gold ( EGI), down 1.7%, Minco Gold ( MGH), down 3.7% and Quest Rare Minerals ( QRM), down 2.2%.

TheStreet Ratings Group would like to highlight 3 stocks that pushed the industry lower today:

Entree Gold ( EGI) is one of the companies that pushed the Metals & Mining industry lower today. Entree Gold was down $0.00 (1.7%) to $0.29 on light volume. Throughout the day, 36,956 shares of Entree Gold exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 65,000 shares. The stock ranged in price between $0.28-$0.29 after having opened the day at $0.29 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.30.

Entree Gold has a market cap of $44.5 million and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 5.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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At the close, Ossen Innovation ( OSN) was down $0.04 (4.1%) to $0.90 on light volume. Throughout the day, 5,015 shares of Ossen Innovation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 18,000 shares. The stock ranged in price between $0.87-$0.96 after having opened the day at $0.96 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.94.

Ossen Innovation Co., Ltd. manufactures and sells various 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 $17.3 million and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 21.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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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 compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including 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 4.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues leaped by 92.1%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • This stock has managed to rise its share value by 29.03% over the past twelve months. 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 10.81%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 1.71% significantly trails the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$1.13 million or 112.47% 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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Atlatsa Resources ( ATL) was another company that pushed the Metals & Mining industry lower today. Atlatsa Resources was down $0.02 (4.6%) to $0.34 on average volume. Throughout the day, 50,103 shares of Atlatsa Resources exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 39,400 shares. The stock ranged in price between $0.32-$0.36 after having opened the day at $0.36 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.35.

Atlatsa Resources Corporation mines, explores for, and develops platinum group metals properties in South Africa. The company primarily explores for platinum, palladium, rhodium, gold, copper, and nickel. Atlatsa Resources has a market cap of $224.5 million and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 39.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Atlatsa Resources a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Atlatsa Resources as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, robust revenue growth and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow.

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Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on ATL go as follows:

  • Compared to other companies in the Metals & Mining industry and the overall market, ATLATSA RESOURCES CORP's return on equity significantly exceeds that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 4.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 19.4%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displaying stagnant earnings per share.
  • ATLATSA RESOURCES CORP reported flat earnings per share in the most recent quarter. 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, ATLATSA RESOURCES CORP turned its bottom line around by earning $0.47 versus -$0.04 in the prior year.
  • Net operating cash flow has declined marginally to -$27.73 million or 1.47% when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite a decrease in cash flow ATLATSA RESOURCES CORP is still fairing well by exceeding its industry average cash flow growth rate of -33.64%.
  • The gross profit margin for ATLATSA RESOURCES CORP is currently extremely low, coming in at 5.52%. Regardless of ATL's low profit margin, it has managed to increase from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, ATL's net profit margin of -9.05% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.

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

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