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Barrick Gold Corporation



) pushed the Basic Materials sector higher today making it today's featured basic materials winner. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.2%. By the end of trading, Barrick Gold Corporation rose 80 cents (2.8%) to $29.61 on average volume. Throughout the day, 10.2 million shares of Barrick Gold Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9.4 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $28.93-$29.84 after having opened the day at $29.05 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $28.81. Other companies within the Basic Materials sector that increased today were:

Cardero Resources Corporation



), up 20%,

Harvest Natural Resources



), up 16%,

ECA Marcellus Trust I



), up 13.4%, and

Dejour Energy



), up 13.2%.

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Barrick Gold Corporation engages in the production and sale of gold and copper. The company has a portfolio of 27 operating mines, and exploration and development projects located in North America, South America, the Australia Pacific region, and Africa. Barrick Gold Corporation has a market cap of $28.89 billion and is part of the metals & mining industry. Shares are down 17.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Barrick Gold Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Barrick Gold Corporation as a


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity.

On the negative front,

General Moly



), down 16.6%,

Torch Energy Royalty



), down 11.8%,

China Gengsheng Minerals



), down 11.7%, and

Atlatsa Resources



), down 11.3%, were all laggards within the basic materials sector with

Anadarko Petroleum



) being today's basic materials sector laggard.

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Materials Select Sector SPDR



) while those bearish on the basic materials sector could consider

ProShares Short Basic Materials Fd




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