Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading down 13 points (-0.1%) at 18,461 as of Wednesday, July 27, 2016, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,210 issues advancing vs. 1,692 declining with 152 unchanged.

The Metals & Mining industry currently sits up 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. Top gainers within the industry include

Buenaventura Mining

(

BVN

), up 3.9%,

Gerdau

(

GGB

), up 3.1%,

Gold Fields

(

GFI

), up 2.7% and

Companhia Siderurgica Nacional

(

SID

), up 2.5%.

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

3.

United States Steel

(

X

) is one of the companies pushing the Metals & Mining industry higher today. As of noon trading, United States Steel is up $2.45 (10.7%) to $25.40 on heavy volume. Thus far, 25.3 million shares of United States Steel exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 15.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $24.74-$26.28 after having opened the day at $25.20 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $22.95.

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United States Steel Corporation produces and sells flat-rolled and tubular steel products in North America and Europe. It operates through three segments: Flat-Rolled Products (Flat-Rolled), U. S. Steel Europe (USSE), and Tubular Products (Tubular). United States Steel has a market cap of $3.1 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 187.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates United States Steel a buy, 5 analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

United States Steel

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, weak operating cash flow and feeble growth in its earnings per share. Get the full

United States Steel Ratings Report

now.

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2. As of noon trading,

Barrick Gold

(

ABX

) is up $0.32 (1.6%) to $20.77 on average volume. Thus far, 8.2 million shares of Barrick Gold exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 20.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $20.63-$21.08 after having opened the day at $20.79 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $20.45.

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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 $23.1 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 177.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 3 analysts who rate Barrick Gold a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Barrick Gold

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, generally higher debt management risk and disappointing return on equity. Get the full

Barrick Gold Ratings Report

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1. As of noon trading,

Freeport-McMoRan

(

FCX

) is up $0.31 (2.4%) to $12.99 on heavy volume. Thus far, 36.2 million shares of Freeport-McMoRan exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 39.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $12.80-$13.59 after having opened the day at $12.89 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $12.68.

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Freeport-McMoRan Inc., a natural resource company, acquires, explores, and develops mineral assets, and oil and natural gas resources. The company explores for copper, gold, molybdenum, cobalt hydroxide, silver, and other metals, as well as oil and gas. Freeport-McMoRan has a market cap of $15.5 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 87.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 3 analysts who rate Freeport-McMoRan a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Freeport-McMoRan

as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally high debt management risk, disappointing return on equity, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in its earnings per share. Get the full

Freeport-McMoRan 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

).