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Companhia Siderurgica Nacional



) pushed the Metals & Mining industry higher today making it today's featured metals & mining winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.8%. By the end of trading, Companhia Siderurgica Nacional rose 6 cents (1%) to $5.81 on light volume. Throughout the day, 4.2 million shares of Companhia Siderurgica Nacional exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.8 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $5.70-$5.89 after having opened the day at $5.75 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $5.75. Other companies within the Metals & Mining industry that increased today were:

Kingold Jewelry



), up 7.3%,

North American Palladium



), up 6.5%,




), up 4.4%, and

Thompson Creek Metals Company



), up 3.4%.

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Companhia Siderurgica Nacional operates as an integrated steel producer primarily in Asia, North America, Latin America, and Europe. Companhia Siderurgica Nacional has a market cap of $8.33 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 5.5, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 29.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are no analysts that rate Companhia Siderurgica Nacional a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and one rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Companhia Siderurgica Nacional as a


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity.

On the negative front,

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Rare Element Resources



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Atlatsa Resources



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James River Coal Company



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

Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold



) being today's metals & mining industry laggard.

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

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