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Walter Energy Inc (WLT): Today's Featured Metals & Mining Winner

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Walter Energy ( WLT) pushed the Metals & Mining industry higher today making it today's featured metals & mining winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.5%. By the end of trading, Walter Energy rose $0.11 (1.1%) to $10.34 on light volume. Throughout the day, 4,667,756 shares of Walter Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9,386,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $10.12-$10.57 after having opened the day at $10.21 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $10.23. Other companies within the Metals & Mining industry that increased today were: Avalon Rare Metals ( AVL), up 13.3%, Cardero Resources Corporation ( CDY), up 9.4%, USEC ( USU), up 5.2% and Northern Dynasty Minerals ( NAK), up 5.1%.

Walter Energy, Inc. produces and exports metallurgical coal for the steel industry. It also produces thermal and industrial coal, anthracite, metallurgical coke, coal bed methane gas, and other related products. Walter Energy has a market cap of $675.1 million and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 71.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Walter Energy a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Walter Energy as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, generally high debt management risk, disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, Sibanye Gold Ltd ADR ( SBGL), down 44.6%, Dominion Diamond ( DDC), down 18.5%, Ossen Innovation ( OSN), down 16.6% and Atlatsa Resources ( ATL), down 12.3% , were all laggards within the metals & mining industry with Nucor ( NUE) 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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