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The Basic Materials sector as a whole closed the day up 1.2% versus the S&P 500, which was down 1.3%. Laggards within the Basic Materials sector included Quest Rare Minerals ( QRM), down 11.5%, Tengasco ( TGC), down 3.7%, United States Antimony ( UAMY), down 2.0%, Saratoga Resources ( SARA), down 5.2% and Timberline Resources ( TLR), down 4.3%.

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

Saratoga Resources ( SARA) is one of the companies that pushed the Basic Materials sector lower today. Saratoga Resources was down $0.01 (5.2%) to $0.15 on light volume. Throughout the day, 72,621 shares of Saratoga Resources exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 148,400 shares. The stock ranged in price between $0.14-$0.17 after having opened the day at $0.14 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.16.

Saratoga Resources, Inc., an independent oil and natural gas company, acquires, exploits, produces, and develops crude oil and natural gas properties in the United States. Saratoga Resources has a market cap of $4.7 million and is part of the metals & mining industry. Shares are down 26.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Saratoga Resources a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Saratoga Resources 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, generally high debt management risk, disappointing return on equity and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on SARA go as follows:

  • The debt-to-equity ratio is very high at 14.32 and currently higher than the industry average, implying increased risk associated with the management of debt levels within the company. Along with the unfavorable debt-to-equity ratio, SARA maintains a poor quick ratio of 0.78, which illustrates the inability to avoid short-term cash problems.
  • 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 Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry and the overall market, SARATOGA RESOURCES INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • SARATOGA RESOURCES INC 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, SARATOGA RESOURCES INC reported poor results of -$0.85 versus -$0.13 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 Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 79.4% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$5.73 million to -$10.27 million.
  • Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 81.49%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 73.68% 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: Saratoga Resources Ratings Report

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At the close, United States Antimony ( UAMY) was down $0.01 (2.0%) to $0.50 on light volume. Throughout the day, 16,200 shares of United States Antimony exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 39,200 shares. The stock ranged in price between $0.48-$0.52 after having opened the day at $0.49 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.51.

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 $37.6 million and is part of the metals & mining industry. Shares are down 27.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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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 75.39% 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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Quest Rare Minerals ( QRM) was another company that pushed the Basic Materials sector lower today. Quest Rare Minerals was down $0.01 (11.5%) to $0.08 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 1,213,703 shares of Quest Rare Minerals exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 108,600 shares. The stock ranged in price between $0.07-$0.09 after having opened the day at $0.09 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.09.

Quest Rare Minerals has a market cap of $6.4 million and is part of the metals & mining industry. Shares are down 25.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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