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Anglogold Ashanti



) pushed the Basic Materials sector lower today making it today's featured Basic Materials loser. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.8%. By the end of trading, Anglogold Ashanti fell 70 cents (-2%) to $34.41 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1.5 million shares of Anglogold Ashanti exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.4 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $34.05-$35.11 after having opened the day at $35 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.11. Other company's within the Basic Materials sector that declined today were:




), down 29.2%,




), down 25%,

Pure Bioscience



), down 18.6%, and

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AngloGold Ashanti Limited primarily engages in the exploration and production of gold. It also produces by-products, such as silver, uranium oxide, and sulfuric acid. Anglogold Ashanti has a market cap of $14.13 billion and is part of the

metals & mining

industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.7, equal to the average metals & mining industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 17.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there is one analyst that rates Anglogold Ashanti a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and two rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Anglogold Ashanti as a


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the stock has had a generally disappointing performance in the past year.

On the positive front,

Harvest Natural Resources



), up 86.9%,




), up 16.7%,

Gastar Exploration



), up 15.5%, and

Union Drilling



), up 12.8%, were all gainers within the basic materials sector with

Apache Corporation



) being today's featured basic materials sector winner.

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) while those bearish on the basic materials sector could consider

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