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Newmont Mining Corporation

(

NEM

) pushed the Metals & Mining industry lower today making it today's featured Metals & Mining laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.8%. By the end of trading, Newmont Mining Corporation fell $1.05 (-1.9%) to $55.26 on average volume. Throughout the day, 6.8 million shares of Newmont Mining Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.2 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $55.03-$55.81 after having opened the day at $55.47 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $56.31. Other companies within the Metals & Mining industry that declined today were:

USEC

(

USU

), down 12.6%,

Molycorp

(

MCP

), down 10.8%,

Uranium Resources

(

URRE

), down 10.5%, and

Fortuna Silver Mines

(

FSM

), down 9%.

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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 $27.81 billion and is part of the

basic materials

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 94.4, below the average metals & mining industry P/E ratio of 123.1 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 5.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are seven 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

hold

. 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. 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 positive front,

Metalico

(

TheStreet Recommends

MEA

), up 8.8%,

Great Northern Iron Ore

(

GNI

), up 7.9%,

China Gerui Advanced Materials Group

(

CHOP

), up 6.6%, and

Tasman Metals

(

TAS

), up 5.6%, were all gainers within the metals & mining industry with

Southern Copper Corporation

(

SCCO

) being today's featured metals & mining industry leader.

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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