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All three major indices traded up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 128 points (0.8%) at 16,805 as of Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, 4:20 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,914 issues advancing vs. 1,162 declining with 133 unchanged.

The Basic Materials sector as a whole closed the day down 0.7% versus the S&P 500, which was up 0.7%. Top gainers within the Basic Materials sector included Entree Gold ( EGI), up 6.6%, PostRock Energy ( PSTR), up 5.9%, China Gerui Advanced Materials Group ( CHOP), up 3.5%, Mines Management ( MGN), up 1.9% and Exeter Resource ( XRA), up 2.6%.

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

China Gerui Advanced Materials Group ( CHOP) is one of the companies that pushed the Basic Materials sector higher today. China Gerui Advanced Materials Group was up $0.01 (3.5%) to $0.29 on average volume. Throughout the day, 118,347 shares of China Gerui Advanced Materials Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 79,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.25-$0.29 after having opened the day at $0.26 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.28.

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 $16.6 million and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 77.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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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At the close, PostRock Energy ( PSTR) was up $0.04 (5.9%) to $0.80 on average volume. Throughout the day, 31,260 shares of PostRock Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 28,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.77-$0.84 after having opened the day at $0.77 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.76.

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 $22.5 million and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 34.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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.
  • Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 36.37%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 276.92% compared to the year-earlier 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 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 (-$0.60 versus -$0.93).

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

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Entree Gold ( EGI) was another company that pushed the Basic Materials sector higher today. Entree Gold was up $0.02 (6.6%) to $0.25 on light volume. Throughout the day, 5,360 shares of Entree Gold exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 59,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.23-$0.25 after having opened the day at $0.24 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.23.

Entree Gold has a market cap of $36.0 million and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 16.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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