3 Stocks Improving Performance Of The Basic Materials Sector

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All three major indices traded up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 196 points (1.1%) at 17,361 as of Monday, Feb. 2, 2015, 4:20 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,282 issues advancing vs. 826 declining with 107 unchanged.

The Basic Materials sector as a whole closed the day up 2.7% versus the S&P 500, which was up 1.3%. Top gainers within the Basic Materials sector included Enerjex Resources ( ENRJ), up 20.3%, China Gerui Advanced Materials Group ( CHOP), up 2.0%, Saratoga Resources ( SARA), up 15.1%, Timberline Resources ( TLR), up 3.1% and India Globalization Capital ( IGC), up 6.8%.

TheStreet Ratings Group would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the sector higher today:

Saratoga Resources ( SARA) is one of the companies that pushed the Basic Materials sector higher today. Saratoga Resources was up $0.02 (15.1%) to $0.17 on average volume. Throughout the day, 139,962 shares of Saratoga Resources exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 146,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.15-$0.19 after having opened the day at $0.19 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.15.

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 $5.0 million and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 26.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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 84.77%, 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, China Gerui Advanced Materials Group ( CHOP) was up $0.02 (2.0%) to $0.80 on light volume. Throughout the day, 210 shares of China Gerui Advanced Materials Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 26,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.80-$0.80 after having opened the day at $0.80 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.78.

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 $4.7 million and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 58.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are no analysts who rate China Gerui Advanced Materials Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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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 92.95%, 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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Enerjex Resources ( ENRJ) was another company that pushed the Basic Materials sector higher today. Enerjex Resources was up $0.27 (20.3%) to $1.60 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 44,450 shares of Enerjex Resources exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 12,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.35-$1.65 after having opened the day at $1.38 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.33.

Enerjex Resources has a market cap of $9.2 million and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 33.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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