Goldcorp

(

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 0.5%. By the end of trading, Goldcorp rose 32 cents (0.9%) to $36.57 on light volume. Throughout the day, 3.7 million shares of Goldcorp exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.2 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $35.92-$36.62 after having opened the day at $36.26 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $36.25. Other companies within the Metals & Mining industry that increased today were:

Jaguar Mining

(

JAG

), up 24.4%,

Platinum Group Metal

(

PLG

), up 11.8%,

Quaterra Resources

(

QMM

), up 8.6%, and

China Precision Steel

(

CPSL

), up 8%.

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Goldcorp Inc. engages in the acquisition, development, exploration, and operation of precious metal properties. It primarily explores gold, silver, copper, lead, and zinc. Goldcorp has a market cap of $29.24 billion and is part of the

basic materials

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.6, below the average metals & mining industry P/E ratio of 19.8 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 18.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate Goldcorp a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and three rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Goldcorp as a

hold

. 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 expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front,

General Steel Holdings

(

GSI

), down 11.8%,

Entree Gold

(

EGI

), down 7.9%,

China Natural Resources

(

CHNR

), down 6.9%, and

Quest Rare Minerals

(

QRM

), down 5.9%, were all laggards within the metals & mining industry with

United States Steel Corporation

(

X

) being today's metals & mining industry laggard.

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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