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) pushed the Metals & Mining industry higher today making it today's featured metals & mining winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.7%. By the end of trading, Goldcorp rose $0.64 (2.7%) to $24.59 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 12,058,654 shares of Goldcorp exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7,303,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $23.47-$24.60 after having opened the day at $24.06 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $23.95. Other companies within the Metals & Mining industry that increased today were:

Silver Bull Resources



), up 17.8%,

United States Antimony Corporation



), up 17.0%,

McEwen Mining



), up 9.1% and

Entree Gold



), up 8.7%.

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Goldcorp Inc. engages in the acquisition, development, exploration, and operation of precious metal properties in Canada, the United States, Mexico, and Central and South America. It primarily explores for gold ores, as well as for silver, copper, lead, and zinc ores. Goldcorp has a market cap of $21.3 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.8, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 34.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 15 analysts that rate Goldcorp a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Goldcorp as a


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its 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 feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front,

Prospect Global Resources



), down 69.4%,

Lake Shore Gold



), down 31.8%,

Brigus Gold



), down 21.1% and

Pacific Booker Minerals



), down 13.6% , were all laggards within the metals & mining industry with

Consol Energy



) being today's metals & mining industry laggard.

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) while those bearish on the metals & mining industry could consider

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