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Barrick Gold Corporation



) pushed the Metals & Mining industry higher today making it today's featured metals & mining winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.7%. By the end of trading, Barrick Gold Corporation rose $0.51 (2.6%) to $20.07 on average volume. Throughout the day, 18,015,933 shares of Barrick Gold Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 18,917,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $19.38-$20.30 after having opened the day at $19.54 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $19.56. Other companies within the Metals & Mining industry that increased today were:

Crosshair Energy



), up 21.2%,

Atlatsa Resources



), up 15.2%,

Claude Resources



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), up 14.9% and

International Tower Hill Mines



), up 11.5%.

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 $19.1 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 44.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Barrick Gold Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 17 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Barrick Gold Corporation as a


. 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 negative front,

Ossen Innovation



), down 11.0%,

Cardero Resources Corporation



), down 7.8%,

China Gengsheng Minerals



), down 6.7% and

Timberline Resources Corporation



), down 5.7% , were all laggards within the metals & mining industry with

Steel Dynamics



) being today's metals & mining industry laggard.

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SPDR S&P Metals & Mining ETF



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

PowerShares DB Base Metals Sht ETN




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