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Consol Energy



) pushed the Metals & Mining industry lower today making it today's featured Metals & Mining laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.9%. By the end of trading, Consol Energy fell $0.37 (-1.1%) to $32.99 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3,552,614 shares of Consol Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,547,000 shares. The stock ranged in price between $32.13-$34.03 after having opened the day at $32.31 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $33.36. Other companies within the Metals & Mining industry that declined today were:

Noranda Aluminum



), down 9.7%,

Harmony Gold Mining



), down 6.3%,

Timmins Gold



), down 5.1% and

China Precision Steel



), down 5.0%.

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CONSOL Energy Inc. produces coal and natural gas for energy and raw material markets in the United States, Canada, and western Europe. It operates in Coal and Gas divisions. Consol Energy has a market cap of $7.4 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 3.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Consol Energy as a


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity.

On the positive front,

Rubicon Minerals



), down 17.3%,

Cliffs Natural Resources



), down 15.0%,

Thompson Creek Metals Company



), down 12.6% and

General Moly



), down 11.8% , were all gainers within the metals & mining industry with

Southern Copper Corporation



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

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

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