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The Metals & Mining industry as a whole closed the day up 1.4% versus the S&P 500, which was up 0.2%. Laggards within the Metals & Mining industry included Ossen Innovation ( OSN), down 4.5%, United States Antimony ( UAMY), down 13.1%, Pacific Booker Minerals ( PBM), down 3.2%, China Gerui Advanced Materials Group ( CHOP), down 3.9% and Timberline Resources ( TLR), down 1.6%.

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

China Gerui Advanced Materials Group ( CHOP) is one of the companies that pushed the Metals & Mining industry lower today. China Gerui Advanced Materials Group was down $0.04 (3.9%) to $0.99 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 47,699 shares of China Gerui Advanced Materials Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 24,100 shares. The stock ranged in price between $0.95-$1.02 after having opened the day at $1.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.03.

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 $6.1 million and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 45.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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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, disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow and generally high debt management risk.

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 655.5% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$4.37 million to -$33.04 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 Metals & Mining industry and the overall market on the basis of return on equity, CHINA GERUI ADV MATERIALS GP 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 -$9.97 million or 228.03% 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 90.71%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 700.00% 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: China Gerui Advanced Materials Group 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 basic materials sector. 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 Metals & Mining industry 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 basic materials sector. 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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