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ArcelorMittal

(

MT

) pushed the Metals & Mining industry higher today making it today's featured metals & mining winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.7%. By the end of trading, ArcelorMittal rose $0.33 (2.1%) to $16.15 on light volume. Throughout the day, 4,375,068 shares of ArcelorMittal exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6,020,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $16.06-$16.28 after having opened the day at $16.16 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $15.82. Other companies within the Metals & Mining industry that increased today were:

China Precision Steel

(

CPSL

), up 6.8%,

Uranerz Energy Corporation

(

URZ

), up 6.8%,

Northwest Pipe Company

(

NWPX

), up 6.7% and

AK Steel Holding Corporation

(

AKS

), up 4.6%.

ArcelorMittal, Societe Anonyme, together with its subsidiaries, operates as an integrated steel and mining company worldwide. The company operates in six segments: Flat Carbon Americas; Flat Carbon Europe; Long Carbon Americas and Europe; AACIS; Distribution Solutions; and Mining. ArcelorMittal has a market cap of $26.2 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 11.3% 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

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and revenue growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front,

International Tower Hill Mines

(

THM

), down 9.6%,

Prospect Global Resources

(

PGRX

), down 7.3%,

Allied Nevada Gold

(

ANV

), down 7.1% and

Exeter Resource Corporation

(

XRA

), down 6.9% , were all laggards within the metals & mining industry with

Barrick Gold Corporation

(

ABX

) being today's metals & mining industry laggard.

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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