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Cliffs Natural Resources



) pushed the Metals & Mining industry lower today making it today's featured Metals & Mining laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.4%. By the end of trading, Cliffs Natural Resources fell $0.80 (-2.9%) to $26.43 on average volume. Throughout the day, 8,721,947 shares of Cliffs Natural Resources exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7,551,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $26.26-$27.46 after having opened the day at $27.18 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $27.23. Other companies within the Metals & Mining industry that declined today were:

Quest Rare Minerals



), down 9.6%,

Oxford Resource Partners



), down 9.6%,

Richmont Mines



), down 8.9% and

Quaterra Resources



), down 6.1%.

Cliffs Natural Resources Inc., a mining and natural resources company, engages in the production of iron ore pellets, fines and lump ore, and metallurgical coal. Cliffs Natural Resources has a market cap of $4.2 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 28.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Cliffs Natural Resources a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Cliffs Natural Resources

as a


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, revenue growth and growth in earnings per share. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity, a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and generally higher debt management risk.

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) being today's featured metals & mining industry leader.

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