3 Basic Materials Stocks Nudging The Sector Higher

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All three major indices traded up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 101 points (0.6%) at 17,132 as of Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, 4:20 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,961 issues advancing vs. 1,099 declining with 138 unchanged.

The Basic Materials sector as a whole closed the day up 0.8% versus the S&P 500, which was up 0.7%. Top gainers within the Basic Materials sector included Timberline Resources ( TLR), up 5.2%, Ossen Innovation ( OSN), up 2.2%, Minco Gold ( MGH), up 2.6%, Eurasian Minerals ( EMXX), up 1.5% and Mines Management ( MGN), up 3.6%.

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

Mines Management ( MGN) is one of the companies that pushed the Basic Materials sector higher today. Mines Management was up $0.02 (3.6%) to $0.71 on light volume. Throughout the day, 39,384 shares of Mines Management exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 57,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.66-$0.71 after having opened the day at $0.66 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.68.

Mines Management, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, acquires, explores, and develops various mineral properties in North and South America. The company explores for silver, and associated base and precious metals. Mines Management has a market cap of $19.8 million and is part of the energy industry. Shares are up 11.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Mines Management a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Mines Management as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its disappointing return on equity and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on MGN go as follows:

  • Return on equity has greatly decreased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of major weakness within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Metals & Mining industry and the overall market, MINES MANAGEMENT INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • In its most recent trading session, MGN has closed at a price level that was not very different from its closing price of one year earlier. This is probably due to its weak earnings growth as well as other mixed factors. The fact that the stock is now selling for less than others in its industry in relation to its current earnings is not reason enough to justify a buy rating at this time.
  • 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 0.8% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from -$1.84 million to -$1.82 million.
  • MINES MANAGEMENT INC 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, MINES MANAGEMENT INC continued to lose money by earning -$0.25 versus -$0.28 in the prior year.
  • Net operating cash flow has increased to -$1.42 million or 17.52% when compared to the same quarter last year. The firm also exceeded the industry average cash flow growth rate of -10.41%.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Mines Management Ratings Report

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