3 Basic Materials Stocks Nudging The Sector Higher

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 3.18 points (0.0%) at 16,567 as of Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, 3:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,103 issues advancing vs. 1,863 declining with 180 unchanged.

The Basic Materials sector as a whole closed the day down 0.8% versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.2%. Top gainers within the Basic Materials sector included Barnwell Industries ( BRN), up 3.4%, Timberline Resources ( TLR), up 7.8%, Pacific Booker Minerals ( PBM), up 3.0%, United States Antimony ( UAMY), up 4.8% and Mountain Province Diamonds ( MDM), up 3.7%.

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

Mountain Province Diamonds ( MDM) is one of the companies that pushed the Basic Materials sector higher today. Mountain Province Diamonds was up $0.19 (3.7%) to $5.29 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 19,506 shares of Mountain Province Diamonds exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $5.14-$5.29 after having opened the day at $5.15 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $5.10.

Mountain Province Diamonds has a market cap of $546.1 million and is part of the energy industry. Shares are up 2.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on MDM go as follows:

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Mountain Province Diamonds Ratings Report

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At the close, United States Antimony ( UAMY) was up $0.07 (4.8%) to $1.53 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 52,767 shares of United States Antimony exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 27,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.42-$1.53 after having opened the day at $1.49 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.46.

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 $96.9 million and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 25.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are no analysts who rate United States Antimony a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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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.
  • Regardless of the drop in revenue, the company managed to outperform against the industry average of 1.1%. 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

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Timberline Resources ( TLR) was another company that pushed the Basic Materials sector higher today. Timberline Resources was up $0.01 (7.8%) to $0.13 on average volume. Throughout the day, 103,316 shares of Timberline Resources exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 119,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.12-$0.13 after having opened the day at $0.12 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.12.

Timberline Resources has a market cap of $8.8 million and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 31.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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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