3 Stocks Pushing The Basic Materials Sector Higher

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Two 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 up 18 points (0.1%) at 17,652 as of Monday, Nov. 17, 2014, 3:25 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,424 issues advancing vs. 1,602 declining with 148 unchanged.

The Basic Materials sector as a whole closed the day down 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which was up 0.1%. Top gainers within the Basic Materials sector included Entree Gold ( EGI), up 3.4%, PostRock Energy ( PSTR), up 3.0%, China Gerui Advanced Materials Group ( CHOP), up 22.6%, Mines Management ( MGN), up 3.8% and Silver Bull Resources ( SVBL), up 4.7%.

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 $0.40 (22.6%) to $2.17 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 84,805 shares of China Gerui Advanced Materials Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 11,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.79-$2.69 after having opened the day at $1.79 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.77.

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 $10.2 million and is part of the metals & mining industry. Shares are down 86.2% 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, poor profit margins, weak operating cash flow and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

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 -$2.30 versus $4.50 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.
  • 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.
  • Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 87.17%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 100.00% compared to the year-earlier quarter. Turning toward the future, the fact that the stock has come down in price over the past year should not necessarily be interpreted as a negative; it could be one of the factors that may help make the stock attractive down the road. Right now, however, we believe that it is too soon to buy.

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 $0.02 (3.0%) to $0.74 on average volume. Throughout the day, 35,230 shares of PostRock Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 26,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.70-$0.76 after having opened the day at $0.70 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.72.

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 $44.2 million and is part of the metals & mining industry. Shares are down 39.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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 generally high debt management risk, weak operating cash flow and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on PSTR go as follows:

  • The debt-to-equity ratio of 1.27 is relatively high when compared with the industry average, suggesting a need for better debt level management. To add to this, PSTR has a quick ratio of 0.56, this demonstrates the lack of ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to $5.71 million or 25.62% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing the cash generation rate to the industry average, the firm's growth is significantly lower.
  • PSTR'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 54.25%, 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 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.
  • 49.25% is the gross profit margin for POSTROCK ENERGY CORP which we consider to be strong. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 28.15% significantly outperformed against the industry average.

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 $0.01 (3.4%) to $0.21 on light volume. Throughout the day, 10,745 shares of Entree Gold exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 56,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.20-$0.22 after having opened the day at $0.21 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.20.

Entree Gold has a market cap of $32.0 million and is part of the metals & mining industry. Shares are down 28.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

Editor's Note: Any reference to TheStreet Ratings and its underlying recommendation does not reflect the opinion of TheStreet, Inc. or any of its contributors including Jim Cramer or Stephanie Link.

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