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ArcelorMittal

(

MT

) pushed the Metals & Mining industry lower today making it today's featured Metals & Mining laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.3%. By the end of trading, ArcelorMittal fell $0.25 (-1.5%) to $16.17 on light volume. Throughout the day, 2,615,290 shares of ArcelorMittal exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5,479,600 shares. The stock ranged in price between $16.17-$16.35 after having opened the day at $16.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $16.42. Other companies within the Metals & Mining industry that declined today were:

Avino Silver & Gold Mines

(

ASM

), down 8.8%,

Timberline Resources Corporation

(

TLR

), down 5.2%,

Atlatsa Resources

(

ATL

), down 3.9% and

Entree Gold

(

EGI

), down 3.9%.

ArcelorMittal, together with its subsidiaries, operates as an integrated steel and mining company worldwide. The company operates through six segments: Flat Carbon Americas; Flat Carbon Europe; Long Carbon Americas and Europe; Asia, Africa, and CIS; Distribution Solutions; and Mining. ArcelorMittal has a market cap of $25.7 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 7.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate ArcelorMittal a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

ArcelorMittal

as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its disappointing return on equity and generally high debt management risk.

On the positive front,

James River Coal Company

TheStreet Recommends

(

JRCC

), up 9.5%,

Solitario Exploration & Royalty

(

XPL

), up 9.3%,

China Natural Resources

(

CHNR

), up 7.4% and

International Tower Hill Mines

(

THM

), up 6.6% , were all gainers within the metals & mining industry with

Royal Gold

(

RGLD

) 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

(

XME

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

PowerShares DB Base Metals Sht ETN

(

BOS

).

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