3 Stocks Moving The Basic Materials Sector Upward

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All three major indices traded up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 154 points (0.9%) at 17,210 as of Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014, 4:20 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,794 issues advancing vs. 1,244 declining with 169 unchanged.

The Basic Materials sector as a whole was unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which was up 0.8%. Top gainers within the Basic Materials sector included Sonde Resources ( SOQ), up 7.1%, CKX Lands ( CKX), up 1.6%, Timberline Resources ( TLR), up 3.7%, Pacific Booker Minerals ( PBM), up 1.8% and PostRock Energy ( PSTR), up 1.8%.

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

PostRock Energy ( PSTR) is one of the companies that pushed the Basic Materials sector higher today. PostRock Energy was up $0.02 (1.8%) to $1.11 on light volume. Throughout the day, 8,054 shares of PostRock Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 28,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.10-$1.11 after having opened the day at $1.10 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.09.

PostRock Energy Corporation, an independent oil and gas company, is engaged in the acquisition, exploration, development, production, and gathering of crude oil and natural gas. PostRock Energy has a market cap of $33.9 million and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 6.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate PostRock Energy a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates PostRock Energy as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its unimpressive growth in net income, generally high debt management risk and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on PSTR go as follows:

  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 187.0% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $6.88 million to -$5.99 million.
  • Currently the debt-to-equity ratio of 1.62 is quite high overall and when compared to the industry average, suggesting that the current management of debt levels should be re-evaluated. Along with this, the company manages to maintain a quick ratio of 0.43, which clearly demonstrates the inability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • The share price of POSTROCK ENERGY CORP has not done very well: it is down 23.29% and has underperformed the S&P 500, in part reflecting the company's sharply declining earnings per share when compared to the year-earlier quarter. 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'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 Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry and the overall market, POSTROCK ENERGY CORP's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • POSTROCK ENERGY CORP has experienced a steep decline in earnings per share in the most recent quarter in comparison to its performance from the same quarter a year ago. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. But, we feel it is poised for EPS growth in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, POSTROCK ENERGY CORP continued to lose money by earning -$0.93 versus -$3.99 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings (-$0.73 versus -$0.93).

You can view the full analysis from the report here: PostRock Energy Ratings Report

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At the close, Timberline Resources ( TLR) was up $0.00 (3.7%) to $0.07 on light volume. Throughout the day, 56,108 shares of Timberline Resources exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 184,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.07-$0.07 after having opened the day at $0.07 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.07.

Timberline Resources has a market cap of $5.5 million and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 58.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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Sonde Resources ( SOQ) was another company that pushed the Basic Materials sector higher today. Sonde Resources was up $0.01 (7.1%) to $0.15 on light volume. Throughout the day, 542 shares of Sonde Resources exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 36,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.14-$0.15 after having opened the day at $0.15 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.14.

Sonde Resources has a market cap of $7.3 million and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 79.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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