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3 Stocks Raising The Metals & Mining Industry Higher

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average (^DJI) trading up 37 points (0.2%) at 16,217 as of Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,992 issues advancing vs. 910 declining with 172 unchanged.

The Metals & Mining industry currently sits down 0.7% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.3%. Top gainers within the industry include Cameco (CCJ), up 3.0%, and POSCO (PKX), up 0.6%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Tenaris (TS), down 0.7%, and ArcelorMittal (MT), down 0.6%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

3. Vale (VALE) is one of the companies pushing the Metals & Mining industry higher today. As of noon trading, Vale is up $0.11 (0.8%) to $14.01 on light volume. Thus far, 5.9 million shares of Vale exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 18.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $13.72-$14.06 after having opened the day at $13.92 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $13.90.

Vale S.A. engages in the research, production, and marketing of iron ore and pellets, nickel, fertilizers, copper, coal, manganese, ferroalloys, cobalt, platinum group metals, and precious metals in Brazil and internationally. Vale has a market cap of $74.1 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 8.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 6 analysts who rate Vale a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Vale as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, attractive valuation levels and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow. Get the full Vale Ratings Report now.

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