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) pushed the Metals & Mining industry lower today making it today's featured Metals & Mining laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.6%. By the end of trading, Alcoa fell $0.44 (-3.7%) to $11.51 on average volume. Throughout the day, 30,637,886 shares of Alcoa exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 28,358,600 shares. The stock ranged in price between $11.45-$11.80 after having opened the day at $11.60 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $11.95. Other companies within the Metals & Mining industry that declined today were:

North American Palladium



), down 11.1%,

Newmont Mining Corporation



), down 10.4%,

Golden Star Resources



), down 9.0% and

Timberline Resources Corporation



), down 8.0%.

Alcoa Inc. engages in the production and management of primary aluminum, fabricated aluminum, and alumina. The company operates in four segments: Alumina, Primary Metals, Global Rolled Products, and Engineered Products and Solutions. Alcoa has a market cap of $12.8 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 12.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Alcoa a buy, 4 analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates


as a


. Among the primary strengths of the company is its solid stock price performance. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

On the positive front,

China Gengsheng Minerals



), up 20.0%,

Mines Management



), up 12.3%,

Minco Gold Corporation



), up 10.2% and

Richmont Mines



), up 6.4% , were all gainers within the metals & mining industry with

Agnico Eagle Mines



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

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



) while those bearish on the metals & mining industry could consider

PowerShares DB Base Metals Sht ETN




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