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Gerdau SA (GGB): Today's Featured Metals & Mining Winner

Gerdau (GGB) pushed the Metals & Mining industry higher today making it today's featured metals & mining winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 3.7%. By the end of trading, Gerdau rose 47 cents (6.1%) to $8.13 on average volume. Throughout the day, 8.4 million shares of Gerdau exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.8 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $7.71-$8.20 after having opened the day at $7.71 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $7.66. Other companies within the Metals & Mining industry that increased today were: General Steel Holdings (GSI), up 15.1%, Ur-Energy (URG), up 12.8%, Entree Gold (EGI), up 10.8%, and Ivanhoe Mines (IVN), up 10.8%.

Gerdau S.A. engages in the production and sale of steel products in Brazil and internationally. Gerdau has a market cap of $13.28 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 6.4, below the average metals & mining industry P/E ratio of 14.4 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 1.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there is one analyst that rates Gerdau a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and three rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Gerdau as a hold. Among the primary strengths of the company is its solid financial position based on a variety of debt and liquidity measures that we have evaluated. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the metals & mining industry could consider SPDR S&P Metals & Mining ETF (XME) while those bearish on the metals & mining industry could consider PowerShares DB Base Metals Sht ETN (BOS).

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