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Agnico Eagle Mines



) pushed the Metals & Mining industry higher today making it today's featured metals & mining winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.6%. By the end of trading, Agnico Eagle Mines rose $0.36 (1.4%) to $26.56 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,415,648 shares of Agnico Eagle Mines exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,955,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $25.67-$26.95 after having opened the day at $25.67 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $26.20. Other companies within the Metals & Mining industry that increased today were:

Tonix Pharmaceuticals



), up 14.5%,

Polymet Mining



), up 10.5%,

Uranium Energy Corporation



), up 9.7% and

Banro Corporation



), up 9.6%.

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 $4.6 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 35.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 49.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Agnico Eagle Mines a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Agnico Eagle Mines as a


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, unimpressive growth in net income and weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front,

Augusta Resource Corporation


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), down 10.2%,

Prospect Global Resources



), down 9.3%,

Friedman Industries



), down 8.4% and

China Gengsheng Minerals



), down 8.2% , were all laggards within the metals & mining industry with




) being today's metals & mining industry laggard.

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