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Barrick Gold Corporation

(

ABX

) pushed the Metals & Mining industry higher today making it today's featured metals & mining winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.6%. By the end of trading, Barrick Gold Corporation rose $0.27 (1.5%) to $18.80 on light volume. Throughout the day, 11,685,094 shares of Barrick Gold Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 17,645,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $18.49-$18.88 after having opened the day at $18.62 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $18.53. Other companies within the Metals & Mining industry that increased today were:

AK Steel Holding Corporation

(

AKS

), up 18.7%,

Minco Gold Corporation

(

MGH

), up 17.2%,

China Gerui Advanced Materials Group

(

CHOP

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), up 9.4% and

Noranda Aluminum

(

NOR

), up 8.9%.

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 $22.2 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 5.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Barrick Gold Corporation a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 14 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 weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front,

Quaterra Resources

(

QMM

), down 11.5%,

China Gengsheng Minerals

(

CHGS

), down 9.4%,

Prospect Global Resources

(

PGRX

), down 7.1% and

North American Palladium

(

PAL

), down 6.8%.

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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