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Nucor Corp. (NUE): Today's Featured Metals & Mining Laggard

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Nucor ( NUE) pushed the Metals & Mining industry lower today making it today's featured Metals & Mining laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.5%. By the end of trading, Nucor fell $0.54 (-1.0%) to $51.51 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,898,768 shares of Nucor exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,768,200 shares. The stock ranged in price between $50.94-$52.05 after having opened the day at $51.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $52.05. Other companies within the Metals & Mining industry that declined today were: Thompson Creek Metals Company ( TC), down 9.8%, DRDGold ( DRD), down 9.7%, Alderon Iron Ore ( AXX), down 7.8% and North American Palladium ( PAL), down 7.3%.

Nucor Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the manufacture and sale of steel and steel products in North America and internationally. It operates through three segments: Steel Mills, Steel Products, and Raw Materials. Nucor has a market cap of $16.4 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 36.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 19.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Nucor a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Nucor as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front, Avalon Rare Metals ( AVL), up 10.0%, Lake Shore Gold ( LSG), up 9.0%, Silver Bull Resources ( SVBL), up 6.2% and Rare Element Resources ( REE), up 5.7% , were all gainers within the metals & mining industry with Gerdau ( GGB) 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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