The

metals & mining

industry closed the day down 2.2%.

Lake Shore Gold

(

LSG

),

Nanophase Technologies Corporation

(

NANX

),

Kobex Minerals Inc

(

KXM

), and

Solitario Exploration & Royalty

(

XPL

) were all winners today within the metals & mining industry with

Goldcorp Inc

(

GG

) being today's featured metals & mining winner. Goldcorp Inc rose $1.04 (2.3%) to $45.60 on average volume. Throughout the day, 6.6 million shares of Goldcorp Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of eight million shares.

Goldcorp Inc. engages in the acquisition, exploration, development, and operation of precious metal properties in Canada, the United States, Mexico, and Central and South America. It produces and sells gold, silver, copper, lead, and zinc. Goldcorp Inc has a market cap of $35.8 billion and is part of the

basic materials

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.3, below the average metals & mining industry P/E ratio of 20.6 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 3.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Goldcorp as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and compelling growth in net income. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

On the negative front,

TheStreet Recommends

Uranium Resources Inc

(

URRE

),

Augusta Resource Corporation

(

AZC

),

USEC Inc

(

USU

), and

Aluminum Corp of China

(

ACH

) were all losers within the metals & mining industry with

Arch Coal Inc

(

ACI

) being today's metals & mining industry Loser Spotlight stock.

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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