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Eldorado Gold



) pushed the Metals & Mining industry higher today making it today's featured metals & mining winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.4%. By the end of trading, Eldorado Gold rose $0.08 (1.1%) to $7.30 on light volume. Throughout the day, 3,742,231 shares of Eldorado Gold exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5,599,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $7.15-$7.37 after having opened the day at $7.17 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $7.22. Other companies within the Metals & Mining industry that increased today were:

Tasman Metals



), up 10.8%,

Timberline Resources Corporation



), up 8.3%,

Exeter Resource Corporation



), up 7.1% and

Hi-Crush Partners



), up 6.9%.

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Eldorado Gold Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the exploration, development, mining, and production of gold properties in Turkey, China, Greece, Brazil, and Romania. The company also explores for iron, silver, lead, zinc, and copper ores. Eldorado Gold has a market cap of $5.1 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 26.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 44.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Eldorado Gold a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Eldorado Gold as a


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures 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, feeble growth in the company's earnings per share and deteriorating net income.

On the negative front,

China Shen Zhou Mining & Resources



), down 11.6%,




), down 7.2%,

Minco Gold Corporation



), down 6.6% and

Revett Minerals



), down 6.1% , were all laggards within the metals & mining industry with

Barrick Gold Corporation



) being today's metals & mining industry laggard.

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