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The Basic Materials sector as a whole closed the day down 0.6% versus the S&P 500, which was up 0.2%. Laggards within the Basic Materials sector included Ossen Innovation ( OSN), down 4.5%, Tengasco ( TGC), down 6.8%, United States Antimony ( UAMY), down 13.1%, Barnwell Industries ( BRN), down 3.4% and Pacific Booker Minerals ( PBM), down 3.2%.

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

Crescent Point Energy ( CPG) is one of the companies that pushed the Basic Materials sector lower today. Crescent Point Energy was down $1.37 (5.5%) to $23.76 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 400,125 shares of Crescent Point Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 238,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $23.71-$24.90 after having opened the day at $24.71 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $25.13.

Crescent Point Energy Corp. is engaged in the acquisition, exploration, development, and production of oil and natural gas properties in Western Canada and the United States. Crescent Point Energy has a market cap of $11.2 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are up 8.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 5 analysts who rate Crescent Point Energy a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Crescent Point Energy as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, compelling growth in net income and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the stock has had a generally disappointing performance in the past year.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on CPG go as follows:

  • CPG's very impressive revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 6.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues leaped by 66.8%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • The gross profit margin for CRESCENT POINT ENERGY CORP is currently very high, coming in at 82.16%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 23.04% significantly outperformed against the industry average.
  • CPG's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.25 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. Even though the company has a strong debt-to-equity ratio, the quick ratio of 0.43 is very weak and demonstrates a lack of ability to pay short-term obligations.
  • 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, CRESCENT POINT ENERGY CORP's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • CPG'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 33.96%, 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. 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: Crescent Point Energy Ratings Report

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At the close, United States Antimony ( UAMY) was down $0.08 (13.1%) to $0.56 on average volume. Throughout the day, 37,724 shares of United States Antimony exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 33,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $0.55-$0.64 after having opened the day at $0.62 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.65.

United States Antimony Corporation produces and sells antimony, silver, gold, and zeolite products in the United States. United States Antimony has a market cap of $42.9 million and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 7.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates United States Antimony as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow and feeble growth in its earnings per share.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on UAMY 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 Metals & Mining industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 252.2% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$0.16 million to -$0.56 million.
  • The company's current return on equity has slightly decreased from the same quarter one year prior. This implies a minor weakness in the organization. Compared to other companies in the Metals & Mining industry and the overall market on the basis of return on equity, U S ANTIMONY CORP underperformed against that of the industry average and is significantly less than that of the S&P 500.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$1.29 million or 1648.64% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • U S ANTIMONY CORP has shown no change in earnings for its most recently reported quarter when compared with the same quarter a year earlier. The company has suffered a declining pattern earnings per share over the past two years. During the past fiscal year, U S ANTIMONY CORP reported poor results of -$0.03 versus -$0.01 in the prior year.
  • This stock's share value has moved by only 67.99% over the past year. 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: United States Antimony Ratings Report

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Ossen Innovation ( OSN) was another company that pushed the Basic Materials sector lower today. Ossen Innovation was down $0.03 (4.5%) to $0.63 on light volume. Throughout the day, 4,627 shares of Ossen Innovation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 27,600 shares. The stock ranged in price between $0.62-$0.66 after having opened the day at $0.66 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.66.

Ossen Innovation Co., Ltd. manufactures and sells various plain surface prestressed steel materials, and rare earth coated and zinc coated prestressed steel materials in the People's Republic of China. Ossen Innovation has a market cap of $13.1 million and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 19.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ossen Innovation as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow.

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Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on OSN go as follows:

  • OSN's debt-to-equity ratio of 0.75 is somewhat low overall, but it is high when compared to the industry average, implying that the management of the debt levels should be evaluated further. Despite the fact that OSN's debt-to-equity ratio is mixed in its results, the company's quick ratio of 1.53 is high and demonstrates strong liquidity.
  • OSSEN INNOVATION CO LTD -ADR 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 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, OSSEN INNOVATION CO LTD -ADR increased its bottom line by earning $0.18 versus $0.12 in the prior year.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$2.31 million or 141.05% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • 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 72.1% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $1.68 million to $0.47 million.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Ossen Innovation Ratings Report

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