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The Metals & Mining industry as a whole closed the day up 0.6% versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.8%. Laggards within the Metals & Mining industry included Atlatsa Resources ( ATL), down 3.9%, Entree Gold ( EGI), down 2.9%, Oxford Resource Partners ( OXF), down 6.9%, China Gerui Advanced Materials Group ( CHOP), down 1.8% and Alderon Iron Ore ( AXX), down 1.9%.

TheStreet Ratings Group would like to highlight 3 stocks that pushed the industry lower today:

Oxford Resource Partners ( OXF) is one of the companies that pushed the Metals & Mining industry lower today. Oxford Resource Partners was down $0.05 (6.9%) to $0.67 on average volume. Throughout the day, 27,558 shares of Oxford Resource Partners exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 34,800 shares. The stock ranged in price between $0.62-$0.72 after having opened the day at $0.68 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.72.

Oxford Resource Partners, LP produces and markets thermal coal in the United States. The company markets its thermal coal to utilities, industrial customers, municipalities, and other coal-related entities. Oxford Resource Partners has a market cap of $7.8 million and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 41.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Oxford Resource Partners a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Oxford Resource Partners as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its weak operating cash flow, poor profit margins and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on OXF go as follows:

  • Net operating cash flow has declined marginally to $4.78 million or 8.44% when compared to the same quarter last year. In conjunction, when comparing current results to the industry average, OXFORD RESOURCE PARTNERS LP has marginally lower results.
  • The gross profit margin for OXFORD RESOURCE PARTNERS LP is rather low; currently it is at 18.17%. Regardless of OXF's low profit margin, it has managed to increase from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, OXF's net profit margin of -3.53% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.
  • OXF's stock share price has done very poorly compared to where it was a year ago: Despite any rallies, the net result is that it is down by 60.87%, which is also worse that the performance of the S&P 500 Index. Investors have so far failed to pay much attention to the earnings improvements the company has managed to achieve over the last quarter. Naturally, the overall market trend is bound to be a significant factor. However, in one sense, the stock's sharp decline last year is a positive for future investors, making it cheaper (in proportion to its earnings over the past year) than most other stocks in its industry. But due to other concerns, we feel the stock is still not a good buy right now.
  • OXFORD RESOURCE PARTNERS LP has improved earnings per share by 47.6% 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 year. However, we anticipate underperformance relative to this pattern in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, OXFORD RESOURCE PARTNERS LP continued to lose money by earning -$1.07 versus -$1.27 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 7.0% in earnings (-$1.15 versus -$1.07).
  • OXF, with its decline in revenue, slightly underperformed the industry average of 2.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 5.8%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Oxford Resource Partners Ratings Report

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At the close, Entree Gold ( EGI) was down $0.01 (2.9%) to $0.23 on average volume. Throughout the day, 68,385 shares of Entree Gold exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 60,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $0.22-$0.24 after having opened the day at $0.24 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.24.

Entree Gold has a market cap of $36.0 million and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 12.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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Atlatsa Resources ( ATL) was another company that pushed the Metals & Mining industry lower today. Atlatsa Resources was down $0.01 (3.9%) to $0.25 on light volume. Throughout the day, 24,800 shares of Atlatsa Resources exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 39,700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $0.24-$0.29 after having opened the day at $0.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.26.

Atlatsa Resources Corporation mines, explores for, and develops platinum group metals properties in South Africa. The company primarily explores for platinum, palladium, rhodium, gold, copper, and nickel. Atlatsa Resources has a market cap of $144.7 million and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 54.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Atlatsa Resources a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Atlatsa Resources as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, robust revenue growth and impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including poor profit margins and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

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Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on ATL go as follows:

  • Compared to other companies in the Metals & Mining industry and the overall market, ATLATSA RESOURCES CORP's return on equity significantly exceeds that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 0.7%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 20.9%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • Despite currently having a low debt-to-equity ratio of 0.49, it is higher than that of the industry average, inferring that management of debt levels may need to be evaluated further. Regardless of the somewhat mixed results with the debt-to-equity ratio, the company's quick ratio of 0.83 is weak.
  • ATL's stock share price has done very poorly compared to where it was a year ago: Despite any rallies, the net result is that it is down by 34.15%, which is also worse that the performance of the S&P 500 Index. Investors have so far failed to pay much attention to the earnings improvements the company has managed to achieve over the last quarter. Naturally, the overall market trend is bound to be a significant factor. However, in one sense, the stock's sharp decline last year is a positive for future investors, making it cheaper (in proportion to its earnings over the past year) than most other stocks in its industry. But due to other concerns, we feel the stock is still not a good buy right now.
  • The gross profit margin for ATLATSA RESOURCES CORP is currently extremely low, coming in at 4.14%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -11.90% is significantly below that of the industry average.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Atlatsa Resources Ratings Report

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