Goldcorp Inc

(

GG

) pushed the Metals & Mining industry higher today making it today's featured metals & mining winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.1%. By the end of trading, Goldcorp Inc rose 60 cents (1.2%) to $49.67 on light volume. Throughout the day, 3.3 million shares of Goldcorp Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of six million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $49.01-$50 after having opened the day at $49.22 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $49.07. Other companies within the Metals & Mining industry that increased today were:

Uranium Resources Inc

(

URRE

), up 21.6%,

Qiao Xing Universal Resources Inc

(

XING

), up 19.7%,

China Precision Steel Inc

(

CPSL

), up 7.9%, and

Randgold Resources

(

GOLD

), up 7.2%.

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 $38.74 billion and is part of the

basic materials

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.9, below the average metals & mining industry P/E ratio of 24.8 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 6.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front,

Nanophase Technologies Corporation

(

NANX

), down 10%,

China Shen Zhou Mining & Resources Inc

(

SHZ

), down 7.8%,

Crosshair Energy

(

CXZ

), down 6.6%, and

US Gold Corporation

(

UXG

), down 6.4%, were all losers within the metals & mining industry with

Silver Wheaton Corporation

(

SLW

) 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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