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The Basic Materials sector as a whole closed the day down 2.0% versus the S&P 500, which was down 1.3%. Laggards within the Basic Materials sector included Ossen Innovation ( OSN), down 3.7%, Entree Gold ( EGI), down 5.7%, Timberline Resources ( TLR), down 1.9%, Silver Bull Resources ( SVBL), down 5.4% and FieldPoint Petroleum ( FPP), down 2.4%.

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

Timberline Resources ( TLR) is one of the companies that pushed the Basic Materials sector lower today. Timberline Resources was down $0.01 (1.9%) to $0.59 on light volume. Throughout the day, 12,835 shares of Timberline Resources exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 26,400 shares. The stock ranged in price between $0.58-$0.61 after having opened the day at $0.59 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.60.

Timberline Resources has a market cap of $6.8 million and is part of the energy industry. Shares are up 2.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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At the close, Entree Gold ( EGI) was down $0.01 (5.7%) to $0.16 on average volume. Throughout the day, 75,102 shares of Entree Gold exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 79,800 shares. The stock ranged in price between $0.15-$0.17 after having opened the day at $0.16 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.17.

Entree Gold has a market cap of $22.9 million and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 1.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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Ossen Innovation ( OSN) was another company that pushed the Basic Materials sector lower today. Ossen Innovation was down $0.03 (3.7%) to $0.68 on light volume. Throughout the day, 8,065 shares of Ossen Innovation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 15,600 shares. The stock ranged in price between $0.67-$0.70 after having opened the day at $0.70 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.70.

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 $14.0 million and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 14.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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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