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Buenaventura Mining Company Inc. (BVN): Today's Featured Metals & Mining Laggard

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.

Buenaventura Mining Company ( BVN) pushed the Metals & Mining industry lower today making it today's featured Metals & Mining laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1%. By the end of trading, Buenaventura Mining Company fell 38 cents (-1.5%) to $24.85 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1.6 million shares of Buenaventura Mining Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.3 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $24.50-$25.56 after having opened the day at $24.70 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $25.23. Other companies within the Metals & Mining industry that declined today were: Prospect Global Resources ( PGRX), down 21.5%, Sutor Technology Group ( SUTR), down 19.3%, Kimber Resources ( KBX), down 7.1%, and Quest Rare Minerals ( QRM), down 7%.

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Compa ia de Minas Buenaventura S.A.A., a precious metals company, engages in the exploration, mining, and processing of gold and silver in Peru. It also explores for other metals, including zinc, lead, and copper. Buenaventura Mining Company has a market cap of $6.47 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 8.3, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 29.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are no analysts that rate Buenaventura Mining Company a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and three rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Buenaventura Mining Company as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including weak operating cash flow, a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share.

On the positive front, Midway Gold ( MDW), up 18.5%, James River Coal Company ( JRCC), up 17.2%, Banro Corporation ( BAA), up 11.2%, and Ur-Energy ( URG), up 8.9%, were all gainers within the metals & mining industry with Nucor ( NUE) being today's featured metals & mining industry leader.

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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