All three major indices traded up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 56 points (0.3%) at 17,533 as of Monday, Aug. 17, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,658 issues advancing vs. 1,301 declining with 196 unchanged.

The Metals & Mining industry as a whole closed the day up 1.2% versus the S&P 500, which was up 0.3%. Top gainers within the Metals & Mining industry included Sutor Technology Group ( TOR), up 3.2%, Tasman Metals ( TAS), up 1.7%, United States Antimony ( UAMY), up 1.9%, Eurasian Minerals ( EMXX), up 4.5% and General Steel Holdings ( GSI), up 10.4%.

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 $0.08 (10.4%) to $0.83 on average volume. Throughout the day, 36,489 shares of General Steel Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 30,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.75-$0.83 after having opened the day at $0.75 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.75.

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 $50.0 million and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 13.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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 has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 24.53% from its price level of one year ago. The fact that the stock is now selling for less than others in its industry in relation to its current earnings is not reason enough to justify a buy rating at this time.
  • 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 15.3%. 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, United States Antimony ( UAMY) was up $0.01 (1.9%) to $0.54 on average volume. Throughout the day, 30,841 shares of United States Antimony exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 34,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.48-$0.56 after having opened the day at $0.56 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.53.

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 $37.1 million and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 24.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are no analysts who rate United States Antimony a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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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 weak operating cash flow and poor profit margins.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on UAMY go as follows:

  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$0.24 million or 707.69% 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 gross profit margin for U S ANTIMONY CORP is currently extremely low, coming in at 3.97%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Regardless of the weak results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 14.93% is above that of the industry average.
  • Current return on equity exceeded its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a clear sign of strength within the company. 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.
  • Despite the weak revenue results, UAMY has outperformed against the industry average of 15.3%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 0.2%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share.
  • UAMY's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.08 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. Even though the company has a strong debt-to-equity ratio, the quick ratio of 0.33 is very weak and demonstrates a lack of ability to pay short-term obligations.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: United States Antimony Ratings Report

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Tasman Metals ( TAS) was another company that pushed the Metals & Mining industry higher today. Tasman Metals was up $0.00 (1.7%) to $0.30 on light volume. Throughout the day, 19,811 shares of Tasman Metals exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 54,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.29-$0.30 after having opened the day at $0.29 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.29.

Tasman Metals has a market cap of $20.2 million and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 30.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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