All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 46.37 points (-0.3%) at 17,373 as of Friday, Aug. 7, 2015, 4:20 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,266 issues advancing vs. 1,814 declining with 130 unchanged.

The Metals & Mining industry as a whole closed the day down 1.7% versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.3%. Top gainers within the Metals & Mining industry included Minco Gold ( MGH), up 2.7%, Entree Gold ( EGI), up 4.0%, Mines Management ( MGN), up 9.3%, Golden Minerals ( AUMN), up 1.8% and Avalon Rare Metals ( AVL), up 2.1%.

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

Golden Minerals ( AUMN) is one of the companies that pushed the Metals & Mining industry higher today. Golden Minerals was up $0.00 (1.8%) to $0.28 on light volume. Throughout the day, 35,544 shares of Golden Minerals exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 95,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.27-$0.29 after having opened the day at $0.29 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.28.

Golden Minerals Company engages in mining, construction, and exploration of mineral properties. It explores for gold, silver, zinc, lead, and other minerals. Golden Minerals has a market cap of $14.6 million and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 48.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Golden Minerals a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Golden Minerals as a sell. Among the areas we feel are negative, one of the most important has been a generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on AUMN go as follows:

  • AUMN's stock share price has done very poorly compared to where it was a year ago: Despite any rallies, the net result is that it is down by 76.99%, which is also worse that the performance of the S&P 500 Index. Investors have so far failed to pay much attention to the earnings improvements the company has managed to achieve over the last 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.
  • The company's current return on equity greatly increased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of significant strength within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Metals & Mining industry and the overall market, GOLDEN MINERALS CO's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Net operating cash flow has increased to -$2.64 million or 35.82% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, GOLDEN MINERALS CO has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of -51.78%.
  • GOLDEN MINERALS CO has improved earnings per share by 46.1% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past two years. We feel that this trend should continue. This trend suggests that the performance of the business is improving. During the past fiscal year, GOLDEN MINERALS CO continued to lose money by earning -$0.41 versus -$5.61 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings (-$0.31 versus -$0.41).
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Metals & Mining industry. The net income increased by 39.4% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from -$5.66 million to -$3.43 million.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Golden Minerals Ratings Report

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At the close, Mines Management ( MGN) was up $0.04 (9.3%) to $0.47 on light volume. Throughout the day, 2,547 shares of Mines Management exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 33,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.46-$0.48 after having opened the day at $0.46 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.43.

Mines Management has a market cap of $13.4 million and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 8.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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Entree Gold ( EGI) was another company that pushed the Metals & Mining industry higher today. Entree Gold was up $0.01 (4.0%) to $0.26 on light volume. Throughout the day, 21,571 shares of Entree Gold exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 57,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.25-$0.30 after having opened the day at $0.27 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.25.

Entree Gold has a market cap of $39.7 million and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 45.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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