The

metals & mining

industry closed the day down 5.5%.

Lake Shore Gold

(

LSG

),

US Gold Corporation

(

UXG

),

Timberline Resources Corporation

(

TLR

), and

Avino Silver & Gold Mines

(

ASGMF

) were all decliners today within the metals & mining industry with

Alcoa Inc

(

AA

) being today's featured metals & mining loser. Alcoa Inc fell 51 cents (-4.9%) to $9.97 on average volume. Throughout the day, 31.7 million shares of Alcoa Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 26.7 million shares.

Alcoa, Inc. engages in the production and management of aluminum, fabricated aluminum, and alumina. The company operates in four segments: Alumina, Primary Metals, Flat-Rolled Products, and Engineered Products and Solutions. Alcoa Inc has a market cap of $11.1 billion and is part of the

basic materials

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 12, below the average metals & mining industry P/E ratio of 12.2 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 31.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Alcoa as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and robust revenue growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including poor profit margins and generally poor debt management.

On the positive front,

TheStreet Recommends

Synalloy Corporation

(

SYNL

),

China Natural Resources Inc

(

CHNR

),

China Precision Steel Inc

(

CPSL

), and

Mountain Province Diamonds Inc

(

MDM

) were all gainers within the metals & mining industry with

Charles & Colvard

(

CTHR

) being today's metals & mining industry Leader Spotlight stock.

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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