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Consol Energy Inc (CNX): Today's Featured Metals & Mining Winner

Editor's Note: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model.

Consol Energy ( CNX) pushed the Metals & Mining industry higher today making it today's featured metals & mining winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.1%. By the end of trading, Consol Energy rose 90 cents (2.9%) to $31.73 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2.3 million shares of Consol Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.6 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $30.83-$31.89 after having opened the day at $30.92 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $30.83. Other companies within the Metals & Mining industry that increased today were: Entree Gold ( EGI), up 18%, Atlatsa Resources ( ATL), up 10.8%, China Natural Resources ( CHNR), up 10%, and Uranium Energy Corporation ( UEC), up 8.3%.

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CONSOL Energy Inc. produces coal and natural gas for energy and raw material markets. The company is involved in the mining, preparation, and marketing steam coal primarily to electric power generation industry; and metallurgical coal to steel and coke producers. Consol Energy has a market cap of $7.13 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 2.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 15 analysts that rate Consol Energy a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and four rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Consol Energy 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 deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

On the negative front, Sutor Technology Group ( SUTR), down 8.5%, Prospect Global Resources ( PGRX), down 7%, Avino Silver & Gold Mines ( ASM), down 6.2%, and Alderon Iron Ore ( AXX), down 5.2%, were all laggards within the metals & mining industry with Alpha Natural Resources ( ANR) being today's metals & mining industry laggard.

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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