Consol Energy

(

CNX

) pushed the Metals & Mining industry higher today making it today's featured metals & mining winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.2%. By the end of trading, Consol Energy rose 73 cents (2.5%) to $29.31 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3.6 million shares of Consol Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.7 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $28.16-$29.66 after having opened the day at $28.16 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $28.58. Other companies within the Metals & Mining industry that increased today were:

Worthington Industries

(

WOR

), up 8.8%,

Arch Coal

(

ACI

), up 7.8%,

James River Coal Company

(

JRCC

), up 6.3%, and

USEC

(

USU

), up 5.9%.

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CONSOL Energy Inc. produces coal and natural gas for energy and raw material markets. The company is involved in the mining, preparation, and marketing steam coal primarily to electric power generation industry; and metallurgical coal to steel and coke producers. Consol Energy has a market cap of $6.16 billion and is part of the

basic materials

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.6, 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 26.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 15 analysts that rate Consol Energy a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and four rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Consol Energy as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its reasonable valuation levels, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, unimpressive growth in net income and poor profit margins.

On the negative front,

Kingold Jewelry

(

KGJI

), down 28%,

China Natural Resources

(

CHNR

), down 9.2%,

Kimber Resources

(

KBX

), down 9.1%, and

Quest Rare Minerals

(

QRM

), down 8.3%, were all losers within the metals & mining industry with

Goldcorp

(

GG

) being today's metals & mining industry loser.

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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