3 Stocks Pushing The Basic Materials Sector Lower

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The Basic Materials sector as a whole closed the day up 1.1% versus the S&P 500, which was up 0.4%. Laggards within the Basic Materials sector included New Concept Energy ( GBR), down 4.7%, Enerjex Resources ( ENRJ), down 6.0%, China Gerui Advanced Materials Group ( CHOP), down 2.7%, Saratoga Resources ( SARA), down 5.9% and Lucas Energy ( LEI), down 5.3%.

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

Saratoga Resources ( SARA) is one of the companies that pushed the Basic Materials sector lower today. Saratoga Resources was down $0.02 (5.9%) to $0.40 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 221,243 shares of Saratoga Resources exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 84,200 shares. The stock ranged in price between $0.39-$0.46 after having opened the day at $0.42 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.42.

Saratoga Resources, Inc., an independent oil and natural gas company, acquires, exploits, produces, and develops crude oil and natural gas properties in the United States. Saratoga Resources has a market cap of $14.3 million and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 59.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Saratoga Resources 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, weak operating cash flow and generally high debt management risk.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on SARA go as follows:

  • SARATOGA RESOURCES INC 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, SARATOGA RESOURCES INC reported poor results of -$0.85 versus -$0.13 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 Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 187.5% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$2.31 million to -$6.65 million.
  • 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 Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry and the overall market, SARATOGA RESOURCES INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to $2.23 million or 79.54% 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 65.58%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 200.00% 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.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Saratoga Resources Ratings Report

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At the close, China Gerui Advanced Materials Group ( CHOP) was down $0.06 (2.7%) to $2.18 on light volume. Throughout the day, 9,996 shares of China Gerui Advanced Materials Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 14,800 shares. The stock ranged in price between $2.16-$2.35 after having opened the day at $2.35 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $2.24.

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 $12.5 million and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 83.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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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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Enerjex Resources ( ENRJ) was another company that pushed the Basic Materials sector lower today. Enerjex Resources was down $0.24 (6.0%) to $3.75 on light volume. Throughout the day, 500 shares of Enerjex Resources exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5,000 shares. The stock ranged in price between $3.75-$3.75 after having opened the day at $3.75 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $3.99.

Enerjex Resources has a market cap of $28.3 million and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 55.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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