Editor's Note: Any reference to TheStreet Ratings and its underlying recommendation does not reflect the opinion of TheStreet, Inc. or any of its contributors including Jim Cramer or Stephanie Link. The Basic Materials sector as a whole closed the day down 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.3%. Laggards within the Basic Materials sector included Entree Gold ( EGI), down 2.0%, Alderon Iron Ore ( AXX), down 9.5%, Tengasco ( TGC), down 2.1%, Avalon Rare Metals ( AVL), down 7.7% and Northern Dynasty Minerals ( NAK), down 8.5%. TheStreet Ratings Group would like to highlight 3 stocks that pushed the sector lower today: Avalon Rare Metals ( AVL) is one of the companies that pushed the Basic Materials sector lower today. Avalon Rare Metals was down $0.03 (7.7%) to $0.35 on average volume. Throughout the day, 229,984 shares of Avalon Rare Metals exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 173,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $0.34-$0.37 after having opened the day at $0.37 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.38. Avalon Rare Metals has a market cap of $47.4 million and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 31.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Avalon Rare Metals a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold. STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more.