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The Metals & Mining industry as a whole closed the day up 0.7% versus the S&P 500, which was up 2.0%. Laggards within the Metals & Mining industry included Mines Management ( MGN), down 1.5%, International Tower Hill Mines ( THM), down 5.7%, Tasman Metals ( TAS), down 1.5%, NovaCopper ( NCQ), down 2.7% and Golden Minerals ( AUMN), down 3.1%.

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

Tasman Metals ( TAS) is one of the companies that pushed the Metals & Mining industry lower today. Tasman Metals was down $0.01 (1.5%) to $0.65 on light volume. Throughout the day, 36,392 shares of Tasman Metals exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 90,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $0.64-$0.71 after having opened the day at $0.68 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.66.

Tasman Metals has a market cap of $43.0 million and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 34.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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At the close, International Tower Hill Mines ( THM) was down $0.03 (5.7%) to $0.47 on average volume. Throughout the day, 152,472 shares of International Tower Hill Mines exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 110,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $0.44-$0.50 after having opened the day at $0.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.50.

International Tower Hill Mines has a market cap of $48.1 million and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 21.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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Mines Management ( MGN) was another company that pushed the Metals & Mining industry lower today. Mines Management was down $0.01 (1.5%) to $0.58 on average volume. Throughout the day, 44,955 shares of Mines Management exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 47,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $0.57-$0.59 after having opened the day at $0.59 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.59.

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 $16.9 million and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 5.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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.

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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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