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All three major indices traded up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 19 points (0.1%) at 16,400 as of Monday, Oct. 20, 2014, 4:20 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,294 issues advancing vs. 815 declining with 107 unchanged.

The Metals & Mining industry as a whole closed the day up 1.8% versus the S&P 500, which was up 0.9%. Top gainers within the Metals & Mining industry included Minco Gold ( MGH), up 9.5%, Quest Rare Minerals ( QRM), up 9.2%, China Gerui Advanced Materials Group ( CHOP), up 3.7%, Mines Management ( MGN), up 3.2% and Alderon Iron Ore ( AXX), up 11.3%.

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

Mines Management ( MGN) is one of the companies that pushed the Metals & Mining industry higher today. Mines Management was up $0.02 (3.2%) to $0.59 on average volume. Throughout the day, 37,636 shares of Mines Management exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 47,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.55-$0.59 after having opened the day at $0.57 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.57.

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 $17.6 million and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 5.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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. Among the areas we feel are negative, one of the most important has been an overall disappointing return on equity.

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.
  • The company, on the basis of net income growth from the same quarter one year ago, has underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Metals & Mining industry average. 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.
  • Compared to where it was a year ago, the stock is now trading at a higher level, and has traded in line with the S&P 500. Turning our attention to the future direction of the stock, we do not believe this stock offers ample reward opportunity to compensate for the risks, despite the fact that it rose over the past 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 -14.08%.

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

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At the close, China Gerui Advanced Materials Group ( CHOP) was up $0.01 (3.7%) to $0.26 on light volume. Throughout the day, 6,400 shares of China Gerui Advanced Materials Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 86,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.25-$0.28 after having opened the day at $0.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.25.

China Gerui Advanced Materials Group Limited operates as a contract manufacturer of cold-rolled narrow strip steel products in the People's Republic of China and internationally. The company converts steel manufactured by third parties into thin steel sheets and strips. China Gerui Advanced Materials Group has a market cap of $15.7 million and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 78.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are no analysts who rate China Gerui Advanced Materials Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates China Gerui Advanced Materials Group as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its feeble growth in its earnings per share, deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on CHOP go as follows:

  • CHINA GERUI ADV MATERIALS GP 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. The company has reported a trend of declining earnings per share over the past two years. During the past fiscal year, CHINA GERUI ADV MATERIALS GP swung to a loss, reporting -$0.23 versus $0.45 in the prior year.
  • 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 Metals & Mining industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 61.9% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$0.85 million to -$1.37 million.
  • Current return on equity is lower than its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a clear sign of weakness within the company. Compared to other companies in the Metals & Mining industry and the overall market on the basis of return on equity, CHINA GERUI ADV MATERIALS GP underperformed against that of the industry average and is significantly less than that of the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for CHINA GERUI ADV MATERIALS GP is currently extremely low, coming in at 14.97%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -4.18% is significantly below that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$228.80 million or 766.69% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: China Gerui Advanced Materials Group Ratings Report

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Quest Rare Minerals ( QRM) was another company that pushed the Metals & Mining industry higher today. Quest Rare Minerals was up $0.01 (9.2%) to $0.15 on light volume. Throughout the day, 31,368 shares of Quest Rare Minerals exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 124,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.15-$0.16 after having opened the day at $0.15 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.14.

Quest Rare Minerals has a market cap of $12.4 million and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 70.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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