Agnico-Eagle Mines

(

AEM

) pushed the Metals & Mining industry lower today making it today's featured Metals & Mining loser. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.1%. By the end of trading, Agnico-Eagle Mines fell $1.56 (-3.7%) to $40.48 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2.9 million shares of Agnico-Eagle Mines exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.5 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $39.91-$41.81 after having opened the day at $41.28 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $42.04. Other company's within the Metals & Mining industry that declined today were:

James River Coal Company

(

JRCC

), down 14.7%,

Crosshair Energy

(

CXZ

), down 13.2%,

Midway Gold

(

MDW

), down 12.2%, and

Kingold Jewelry

(

KGJI

), down 11.4%.

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Agnico-Eagle Mines Limited, through its subsidiaries, engages in the exploration, development, and production of mineral properties in Canada, Finland, and Mexico. It primarily explores for gold, as well as silver, copper, zinc, and lead. Agnico-Eagle Mines has a market cap of $6.93 billion and is part of the

basic materials

sector. Shares are up 15.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are four analysts that rate Agnico-Eagle Mines a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Agnico-Eagle Mines as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its disappointing return on equity and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

On the positive front,

Oxford Resource Partners

(

OXF

), up 9.1%,

China Gerui Advanced Materials Group

(

CHOP

), up 6.9%,

United States Antimony Corporation

(

UAMY

), up 6.9%, and

China Shen Zhou Mining & Resources

(

SHZ

), up 4.3%, were all gainers within the metals & mining industry with

Vale

(

VALE

) being today's featured metals & mining industry winner.

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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