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The Basic Materials sector as a whole closed the day down 3.4% versus the S&P 500, which was down 1.3%. Laggards within the Basic Materials sector included Quest Rare Minerals ( QRM), down 5.1%, Entree Gold ( EGI), down 1.7%, Ikonics ( IKNX), down 6.7%, Enerjex Resources ( ENRJ), down 2.9% and Mines Management ( MGN), down 1.9%.

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

Enerjex Resources ( ENRJ) is one of the companies that pushed the Basic Materials sector lower today. Enerjex Resources was down $0.04 (2.9%) to $1.36 on light volume. Throughout the day, 5,490 shares of Enerjex Resources exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 12,800 shares. The stock ranged in price between $1.30-$1.40 after having opened the day at $1.33 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.40.

Enerjex Resources has a market cap of $10.6 million and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 30.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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At the close, Entree Gold ( EGI) was down $0.00 (1.7%) to $0.19 on light volume. Throughout the day, 28,700 shares of Entree Gold exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 85,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $0.18-$0.19 after having opened the day at $0.19 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.19.

Entree Gold has a market cap of $27.5 million and is part of the energy industry. Shares are up 9.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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Quest Rare Minerals ( QRM) was another company that pushed the Basic Materials sector lower today. Quest Rare Minerals was down $0.00 (5.1%) to $0.08 on light volume. Throughout the day, 43,130 shares of Quest Rare Minerals exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 110,100 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 $6.5 million and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 21.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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