3 Basic Materials Stocks Pushing The Sector Higher

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Two out of the three major indices traded up today 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 3.30 points (0.0%) at 17,812 as of Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014, 3:25 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,757 issues advancing vs. 1,268 declining with 146 unchanged.

The Basic Materials sector as a whole closed the day down 1.2% versus the S&P 500, which was up 0.1%. Top gainers within the Basic Materials sector included Minco Gold ( MGH), up 4.3%, Alderon Iron Ore ( AXX), up 2.0%, Timberline Resources ( TLR), up 2.8%, Lucas Energy ( LEI), up 3.9% and Silver Bull Resources ( SVBL), up 5.1%.

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

Lucas Energy ( LEI) is one of the companies that pushed the Basic Materials sector higher today. Lucas Energy was up $0.01 (3.9%) to $0.26 on light volume. Throughout the day, 23,147 shares of Lucas Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 137,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.24-$0.27 after having opened the day at $0.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.25.

Lucas Energy, Inc. operates as an independent oil and gas company in Texas. Lucas Energy has a market cap of $8.9 million and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 73.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Lucas Energy a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Lucas Energy as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its unimpressive growth in net income and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on LEI 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 32.7% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$0.95 million to -$1.25 million.
  • LEI'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 73.34%, which is also worse than the performance of the S&P 500 Index. 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 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. Compared to other companies in the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry and the overall market, LUCAS ENERGY INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • 44.06% is the gross profit margin for LUCAS ENERGY INC which we consider to be strong. Despite the high profit margin, it has decreased significantly from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, LEI's net profit margin of -133.12% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.
  • LEI, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 6.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 36.4%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to not be hurting the bottom line, shown by stable earnings per share.

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

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At the close, Timberline Resources ( TLR) was up $0.02 (2.8%) to $0.73 on average volume. Throughout the day, 20,881 shares of Timberline Resources exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 27,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.69-$0.77 after having opened the day at $0.73 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.71.

Timberline Resources has a market cap of $4.0 million and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 66.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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Alderon Iron Ore ( AXX) was another company that pushed the Basic Materials sector higher today. Alderon Iron Ore was up $0.01 (2.0%) to $0.34 on light volume. Throughout the day, 15,450 shares of Alderon Iron Ore exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 46,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.33-$0.35 after having opened the day at $0.34 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.33.

Alderon Iron Ore has a market cap of $45.8 million and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 79.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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