Anglogold Ashanti

(

AU

) pushed the Metals & Mining industry lower today making it today's featured Metals & Mining loser. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.7%. By the end of trading, Anglogold Ashanti fell 24 cents (-0.7%) to $36.18 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1.9 million shares of Anglogold Ashanti exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.3 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $35.93-$36.57 after having opened the day at $36.13 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $36.42. Other company's within the Metals & Mining industry that declined today were:

Ossen Innovation

(

OSN

), down 9.8%,

Entree Gold

(

EGI

), down 6.3%,

Ivanhoe Mines

(

IVN

), down 4.2%, and

Oxford Resource Partners

(

OXF

), down 4.2%.

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 $13.98 billion and is part of the

basic materials

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.5, 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 14.2% 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

hold

. 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,

China Shen Zhou Mining & Resources

(

SHZ

), up 21.2%,

Extorre Gold Mines

(

XG

), up 17.5%,

USEC

(

USU

), up 10.1%, and

International Tower Hill Mines

(

THM

), up 9.9%, were all gainers within the metals & mining industry with

Yamana Gold

(

AUY

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

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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