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) pushed the Metals & Mining industry higher today making it today's featured metals & mining winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.3%. By the end of trading, Alcoa rose $0.14 (1.4%) to $9.97 on average volume. Throughout the day, 24,580,788 shares of Alcoa exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 26,147,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $9.77-$10.05 after having opened the day at $9.79 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $9.83. Other companies within the Metals & Mining industry that increased today were:

AK Steel Holding Corporation



), up 15.5%,




), up 15.4%,

Rhino Resource Partners



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), up 10.7% and

Quest Rare Minerals



), up 8.1%.

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 $10.4 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 34.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 11.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Alcoa a buy, 4 analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Alcoa as a


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, impressive record of earnings per share growth and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including weak operating cash flow, poor profit margins and generally higher debt management risk.

On the negative front,

Banro Corporation



), down 11.4%,




), down 8.9%,

Tanzanian Royalty Exploration Corporation



), down 6.9% and

Uranium Energy Corporation



), down 6.8% , were all laggards within the metals & mining industry with

Newmont Mining Corporation



) being today's metals & mining industry laggard.

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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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