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Barrick Gold Corporation

(

ABX

) pushed the Metals & Mining industry lower today making it today's featured Metals & Mining laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.4%. By the end of trading, Barrick Gold Corporation fell $0.54 (-2.7%) to $19.15 on average volume. Throughout the day, 17,214,470 shares of Barrick Gold Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 18,664,600 shares. The stock ranged in price between $19.01-$19.44 after having opened the day at $19.37 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $19.69. Other companies within the Metals & Mining industry that declined today were:

Crosshair Energy

(

CXZ

), down 19.1%,

Entree Gold

(

EGI

), down 12.8%,

Midway Gold

(

MDW

), down 9.7% and

Tasman Metals

(

TAS

), down 8.7%.

Barrick Gold Corporation engages in the production and sale of gold and copper. It is also involved in exploration and mine development activities. Barrick Gold Corporation has a market cap of $19.4 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 43.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Barrick Gold Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 15 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Barrick Gold Corporation

as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its feeble growth in its earnings per share, deteriorating net income, generally high debt management risk, disappointing return on equity and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

On the positive front,

China Gengsheng Minerals

(

CHGS

), up 9.8%,

United States Antimony Corporation

(

UAMY

), up 9.3%,

Cardero Resources Corporation

(

CDY

), up 5.8% and

Kingold Jewelry

(

KGJI

), up 5.1%.

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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