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All three major indices are trading up today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading up 104 points (0.6%) at 18,145 as of Wednesday, May 27, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,945 issues advancing vs. 1,035 declining with 155 unchanged.

The Metals & Mining industry currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.6%. Top gainers within the industry include

Royal Gold

(

RGLD

), up 2.2%,

Alliance Holdings GP

(

AHGP

), up 1.8%,

Teck Resources

(

TCK

), up 1.4% and

Randgold Resources

(

GOLD

), up 0.9%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include

Companhia Siderurgica Nacional

(

SID

), down 3.1%, and

POSCO

(

PKX

), down 1.5%.

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

3.

Nucor

(

NUE

) is one of the companies pushing the Metals & Mining industry higher today. As of noon trading, Nucor is up $0.41 (0.9%) to $47.60 on light volume. Thus far, 485,079 shares of Nucor exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $47.07-$47.73 after having opened the day at $47.15 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $47.19.

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Nucor Corporation manufactures and sells steel and steel products in the United States and internationally. It operates through three segments: Steel Mills, Steel Products, and Raw Materials. Nucor has a market cap of $15.4 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 3.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 8 analysts who rate Nucor a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Nucor

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full

Nucor Ratings Report

now.

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2. As of noon trading,

Barrick Gold

(

ABX

) is up $0.07 (0.6%) to $11.74 on average volume. Thus far, 5.3 million shares of Barrick Gold exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 12.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $11.56-$11.75 after having opened the day at $11.74 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $11.67.

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Barrick Gold Corporation produces and sells gold and copper. The company is also involved in exploration and mine development activities. Barrick Gold has a market cap of $14.3 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 8.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate Barrick Gold a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 13 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Barrick Gold

as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally high debt management risk, weak operating cash flow, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and unimpressive growth in net income. Get the full

Barrick Gold Ratings Report

now.

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1. As of noon trading,

Newmont Mining

(

NEM

) is up $0.44 (1.6%) to $26.99 on light volume. Thus far, 1.6 million shares of Newmont Mining exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $26.41-$27.00 after having opened the day at $26.64 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $26.55.

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Newmont Mining Corporation operates in the mining industry. It primarily acquires, develops, explores for, and produces gold, copper, and silver deposits. The company's operations and/or assets are located in the United States, Australia, Peru, Indonesia, Ghana, and New Zealand. Newmont Mining has a market cap of $13.5 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 40.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Newmont Mining a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Newmont Mining

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance and impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company has favored debt over equity in the management of its balance sheet. Get the full

Newmont Mining Ratings Report

now.

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If you are interested in one of these 3 stocks, 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

).