3 Stocks Boosting The Basic Materials Sector Higher

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All three major indices traded up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 25 points (0.1%) at 17,157 as of Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, 4:20 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,585 issues advancing vs. 1,500 declining with 127 unchanged.

The Basic Materials sector as a whole closed the day down 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which was up 0.1%. Top gainers within the Basic Materials sector included Barnwell Industries ( BRN), up 2.4%, Atlatsa Resources ( ATL), up 3.2%, Minco Gold ( MGH), up 2.6%, China Gerui Advanced Materials Group ( CHOP), up 2.0% and Solitario Exploration & Royalty ( XPL), up 2.3%.

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

Solitario Exploration & Royalty ( XPL) is one of the companies that pushed the Basic Materials sector higher today. Solitario Exploration & Royalty was up $0.03 (2.3%) to $1.31 on average volume. Throughout the day, 28,057 shares of Solitario Exploration & Royalty exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 28,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.22-$1.35 after having opened the day at $1.22 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.28.

Solitario Exploration & Royalty has a market cap of $50.6 million and is part of the metals & mining industry. Shares are up 50.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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