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Newmont Mining Corporation



) pushed the Basic Materials sector higher today making it today's featured basic materials winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.2%. By the end of trading, Newmont Mining Corporation rose $1.27 (2.4%) to $54.58 on average volume. Throughout the day, 4.9 million shares of Newmont Mining Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.2 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $53.30-$54.96 after having opened the day at $53.73 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $53.31. Other companies within the Basic Materials sector that increased today were:

Houston American Energy Corporation



), up 55.1%,

HyperDynamics Corporation



), up 29.9%,

Green Plains Renewable Energy



), up 28.2%, and

Recon Technology



), up 23.6%.

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Newmont Mining Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the acquisition, exploration, and production of gold and copper properties. The company's assets or operations are located in the United States, Australia, Peru, Indonesia, Ghana, New Zealand, and Mexico. Newmont Mining Corporation has a market cap of $26.19 billion and is part of the metals & mining industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 88.8, below the average metals & mining industry P/E ratio of 115.9 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 11.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are eight analysts that rate Newmont Mining Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and nine rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Newmont Mining Corporation as a


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front,

BMB Munai



), down 94.2%,

Oxford Resource Partners



), down 26%,




), down 17.2%, and

Altair Nanotechnologies



), down 14%, were all laggards within the basic materials sector with

Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras



) being today's basic materials sector laggard.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the basic materials sector could consider

Materials Select Sector SPDR



) while those bearish on the basic materials sector could consider

ProShares Short Basic Materials Fd




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