Cliffs Natural Resources

(

CLF

) pushed the Metals & Mining industry lower today making it today's featured Metals & Mining loser. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.1%. By the end of trading, Cliffs Natural Resources fell $2.26 (-4.3%) to $49.75 on average volume. Throughout the day, 4.1 million shares of Cliffs Natural Resources exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of four million shares. The stock ranged in price between $48.92-$52.34 after having opened the day at $52.21 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $52.01. Other company's within the Metals & Mining industry that declined today were:

Patriot Coal Corporation

(

PCX

), down 9%,

Anooraq Resources Corporation

(

ANO

), down 6.5%,

Minco Gold Corporation

(

MGH

), down 6.1%, and

Schnitzer Steel Industries

(

SCHN

), down 5.3%.

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 $7.18 billion and is part of the

basic materials

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 4.5, equal to the average metals & mining industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 16.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Cliffs Natural Resources a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and four rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Cliffs Natural Resources as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, attractive valuation levels and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front,

Oxford Resource Partners

(

OXF

), up 10.3%,

Vista Gold Corporation

(

VGZ

), up 7.5%,

Jaguar Mining

(

JAG

), up 6.5%, and

Uranium Resources

(

URRE

), up 5.8%, were all gainers within the metals & mining industry with

Kinross Gold Corporation

(

KGC

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

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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