3 Metals & Mining Stocks Pushing The Industry Higher

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 11 points (0.1%) at 17,078 as of Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014, 4:20 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,398 issues advancing vs. 1,669 declining with 141 unchanged.

The Metals & Mining industry as a whole closed the day down 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.1%. Top gainers within the Metals & Mining industry included Pacific Booker Minerals ( PBM), up 7.9%, Entree Gold ( EGI), up 3.1%, China Gerui Advanced Materials Group ( CHOP), up 1.7%, Solitario Exploration & Royalty ( XPL), up 2.1% and Mines Management ( MGN), up 2.6%.

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

Solitario Exploration & Royalty ( XPL) is one of the companies that pushed the Metals & Mining industry higher today. Solitario Exploration & Royalty was up $0.03 (2.1%) to $1.45 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 55,389 shares of Solitario Exploration & Royalty exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 29,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.40-$1.49 after having opened the day at $1.46 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.42.

Solitario Exploration & Royalty Corp., a development stage company, acquires and explores for precious and base metal properties in Peru, Brazil, and Mexico. It primarily explores for gold, silver, platinum, palladium, copper, lead, and zinc metals. Solitario Exploration & Royalty has a market cap of $58.9 million and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 67.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Solitario Exploration & Royalty a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Solitario Exploration & Royalty as a sell. Among the areas we feel are negative, one of the most important has been poor profit margins.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on XPL go as follows:

  • The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share.
  • 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 Metals & Mining industry and the overall market, SOLITARIO EXPLORATION & RLTY's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • 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 46.3% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from -$0.99 million to -$0.53 million.
  • SOLITARIO EXPLORATION & RLTY reported significant earnings per share improvement in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past two years. However, we anticipate underperformance relative to this pattern in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, SOLITARIO EXPLORATION & RLTY continued to lose money by earning -$0.06 versus -$0.10 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 33.3% in earnings (-$0.08 versus -$0.06).
  • This stock has increased by 57.29% over the past year, outperforming the rise in the S&P 500 Index during the same period. Regarding the future course of this stock, we feel that the risks involved in investing in XPL do not compensate for any future upside potential, despite the fact that it has seen nice gains over the past 12 months.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Solitario Exploration & Royalty Ratings Report

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