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) pushed the Metals & Mining industry lower today making it today's featured Metals & Mining laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.5%. By the end of trading, Nucor fell $1.08 (-2.0%) to $51.97 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,651,039 shares of Nucor exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,817,800 shares. The stock ranged in price between $51.48-$52.56 after having opened the day at $52.39 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $53.05. Other companies within the Metals & Mining industry that declined today were:

General Moly



), down 8.9%,

Golden Star Resources



), down 8.2%,

Vista Gold Corporation



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), down 5.8% and

Eurasian Minerals



), down 5.6%.

Nucor Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the manufacture and sale of steel and steel products in North America and internationally. It operates through three segments: Steel Mills, Steel Products, and Raw Materials. Nucor has a market cap of $16.8 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 37.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 22.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Nucor a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates


as a


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front,

Pretium Resources



), up 81.6%,

Uranerz Energy Corporation



), up 16.7%,

Polymet Mining



), up 10.5% and

Kingold Jewelry



), up 8.4% , were all gainers within the metals & mining industry with




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

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

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