2013 hasn't exactly been a banner year for shares of Vale ( VALE) either. Since the calendar flipped to January, the Brazilian mining firm has shed more than a quarter of its market cap, a downtrend that only got broken late this summer thanks in large part to strong second-quarter numbers released last week. Vale is the largest iron ore miner in the world, with more than 300 million metric tons of the metal coming from its mines annually. Vale also produces coal and metals such as nickel and copper.
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