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. Cliffs Natural Resources (CLF) pushed the Basic Materials sector lower today making it today's featured Basic Materials laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.4%. By the end of trading, Cliffs Natural Resources fell 23 cents (-1.1%) to $21.43 on average volume. Throughout the day, 11.2 million shares of Cliffs Natural Resources exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.9 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $21.07-$22.12 after having opened the day at $21.91 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $21.66. Other companies within the Basic Materials sector that declined today were: GMX Resources (GMXR), down 11.9%, Gasco Energy (GSX), down 9.5%, Syntroleum Corporation (SYNM), down 8.8%, and Prospect Global Resources (PGRX), down 8.7%.
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