All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 212.33 points (-1.2%) at 17,403 as of Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015, 4:20 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,158 issues advancing vs. 1,944 declining with 104 unchanged.

The Metals & Mining industry as a whole closed the day down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which was down 1.0%. Top gainers within the Metals & Mining industry included Alderon Iron Ore ( AXX), up 3.3%, Minco Gold ( MGH), up 6.4%, Entree Gold ( EGI), up 2.0%, General Steel Holdings ( GSI), up 12.7% and Avalon Rare Metals ( AVL), up 4.4%.

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

General Steel Holdings ( GSI) is one of the companies that pushed the Metals & Mining industry higher today. General Steel Holdings was up $0.09 (12.7%) to $0.80 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 87,975 shares of General Steel Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 27,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.73-$0.80 after having opened the day at $0.73 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.71.

General Steel Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells steel products in the People's Republic of China. General Steel Holdings has a market cap of $38.1 million and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 7.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are no analysts who rate General Steel Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates General Steel Holdings as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its weak operating cash flow and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on GSI go as follows:

  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$40.95 million or 162.49% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • GSI'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 38.84%, 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 change in net income from the same quarter one year ago has exceeded that of the S&P 500 and greatly outperformed compared to the Metals & Mining industry average. The net income has decreased by 3.6% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, dropping from -$43.56 million to -$45.15 million.
  • GSI, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 16.2%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 44.8%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share.
  • GENERAL STEEL HOLDINGS INC has improved earnings per share by 6.4% in the most recent quarter compared to 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, GENERAL STEEL HOLDINGS INC reported poor results of -$0.88 versus -$0.59 in the prior year.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: General Steel Holdings Ratings Report

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At the close, Entree Gold ( EGI) was up $0.01 (2.0%) to $0.30 on light volume. Throughout the day, 25,254 shares of Entree Gold exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 55,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.28-$0.30 after having opened the day at $0.28 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.29.

Entree Gold has a market cap of $38.2 million and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 68.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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Alderon Iron Ore ( AXX) was another company that pushed the Metals & Mining industry higher today. Alderon Iron Ore was up $0.01 (3.3%) to $0.16 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 20,016 shares of Alderon Iron Ore exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.16-$0.16 after having opened the day at $0.16 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.15.

Alderon Iron Ore has a market cap of $22.9 million and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 54.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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