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The Basic Materials sector as a whole closed the day down 1.2% versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.5%. Laggards within the Basic Materials sector included Quest Rare Minerals ( QRM), down 12.5%, Minco Gold ( MGH), down 3.2%, Enerjex Resources ( ENRJ), down 8.6%, Alderon Iron Ore ( AXX), down 2.0% and CKX Lands ( CKX), down 2.2%.

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

Alderon Iron Ore ( AXX) is one of the companies that pushed the Basic Materials sector lower today. Alderon Iron Ore was down $0.01 (2.0%) to $0.29 on light volume. Throughout the day, 270 shares of Alderon Iron Ore exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 49,000 shares. The stock ranged in price between $0.29-$0.29 after having opened the day at $0.29 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.30.

Alderon Iron Ore has a market cap of $39.1 million and is part of the metals & mining industry. Shares are down 11.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Alderon Iron Ore a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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At the close, Enerjex Resources ( ENRJ) was down $0.13 (8.6%) to $1.39 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 58,185 shares of Enerjex Resources exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9,100 shares. The stock ranged in price between $1.36-$1.81 after having opened the day at $1.60 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.52.

Enerjex Resources has a market cap of $9.5 million and is part of the metals & mining industry. Shares are down 24.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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Quest Rare Minerals ( QRM) was another company that pushed the Basic Materials sector lower today. Quest Rare Minerals was down $0.01 (12.5%) to $0.08 on average volume. Throughout the day, 131,731 shares of Quest Rare Minerals exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 108,100 shares. The stock ranged in price between $0.08-$0.09 after having opened the day at $0.08 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.09.

Quest Rare Minerals has a market cap of $7.1 million and is part of the metals & mining industry. Shares are down 18.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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