3 Metals & Mining Stocks Driving The Industry Higher

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One out of the three major indices traded up today The three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 15.81 points (-0.1%) at 17,598 as of Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014, 3:25 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,371 issues advancing vs. 1,634 declining with 179 unchanged.

The Metals & Mining industry as a whole closed the day up 2.0% versus the S&P 500, which was unchanged. Top gainers within the Metals & Mining industry included Mines Management ( MGN), up 6.5%, International Tower Hill Mines ( THM), up 10.8%, Sutor Technology Group ( SUTR), up 5.5%, Vista Gold ( VGZ), up 6.2% and United States Antimony ( UAMY), up 2.9%.

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

Sutor Technology Group ( SUTR) is one of the companies that pushed the Metals & Mining industry higher today. Sutor Technology Group was up $0.03 (5.5%) to $0.58 on light volume. Throughout the day, 19,300 shares of Sutor Technology Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 84,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.56-$0.60 after having opened the day at $0.60 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.55.

Sutor Technology Group Limited, through its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells finished steel products in the People's Republic of China. Sutor Technology Group has a market cap of $21.9 million and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 71.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Sutor Technology Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Sutor Technology Group as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, poor profit margins and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on SUTR go as follows:

  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 196.77% to $16.29 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, SUTOR TECHNOLOGY GROUP LTD has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of -41.93%.
  • The return on equity has improved slightly when compared to the same quarter one year prior. This can be construed as a modest strength in the organization. When compared to other companies in the Metals & Mining industry and the overall market, SUTOR TECHNOLOGY GROUP LTD's return on equity has significantly outperformed in comparison with the industry average, but has underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for SUTOR TECHNOLOGY GROUP LTD is currently extremely low, coming in at 9.97%. Regardless of SUTR's low profit margin, it has managed to increase from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, SUTR's net profit margin of 1.15% is significantly lower than the industry average.
  • 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 71.3% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $3.88 million to $1.11 million.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Sutor Technology Group Ratings Report

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At the close, International Tower Hill Mines ( THM) was up $0.04 (10.8%) to $0.40 on light volume. Throughout the day, 69,825 shares of International Tower Hill Mines exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 118,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.34-$0.41 after having opened the day at $0.34 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.36.

International Tower Hill Mines has a market cap of $37.3 million and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 7.3% 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 higher today. Mines Management was up $0.03 (6.5%) to $0.54 on average volume. Throughout the day, 62,233 shares of Mines Management exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 42,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.53-$0.55 after having opened the day at $0.54 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.51.

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 $15.9 million and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 10.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Mines Management a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Mines Management as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its disappointing return on equity and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

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.
  • MGN has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 8.93% from its price level of one year ago. The fact that the stock is now selling for less than others in its industry in relation to its current earnings is not reason enough to justify a buy rating at this time.
  • 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.
  • Net operating cash flow has increased to -$1.42 million or 17.52% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, MINES MANAGEMENT INC has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of -41.93%.

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

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