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United States Steel Corporation (X): Today's Featured Metals & Mining Winner

United States Steel Corporation ( X) pushed the Metals & Mining industry higher today making it today's featured metals & mining winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 2.8%. By the end of trading, United States Steel Corporation rose $0.41 (2.4%) to $17.46 on average volume. Throughout the day, 7,472,621 shares of United States Steel Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8,527,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $17.02-$17.65 after having opened the day at $17.20 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $17.05. Other companies within the Metals & Mining industry that increased today were: Great Basin Gold ( GBG), up 15.6%, Prospect Global Resources ( PGRX), up 15.0%, Cardero Resources Corporation ( CDY), up 14.5% and Synalloy Corporation ( SYNL), up 7.8%.

United States Steel Corporation produces and sells steel mill products in North America and Europe. The company operates in three segments: Flat-Rolled Products (Flat-Rolled), U. S. Steel Europe (USSE), and Tubular Products (Tubular). United States Steel Corporation has a market cap of $2.4 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 109.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 28.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate United States Steel Corporation a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates United States Steel Corporation as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself, generally high debt management risk, poor profit margins, weak operating cash flow and feeble growth in its earnings per share.

On the negative front, Pacific Booker Minerals ( PBM), down 14.1%, Minco Gold Corporation ( MGH), down 14.0%, China Gengsheng Minerals ( CHGS), down 12.6% and SilverCrest Mines ( SVLC), down 11.6% , were all laggards within the metals & mining industry with Newmont Mining Corporation ( NEM) 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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