Randgold Resources

(

GOLD

) pushed the Metals & Mining industry lower today making it today's featured Metals & Mining loser. The industry as a whole closed the day up 4.4%. By the end of trading, Randgold Resources fell $6.42 (-6.2%) to $97.46 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 1.6 million shares of Randgold Resources exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 770,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $95.75-$100.58 after having opened the day at $99.87 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $103.88. Other company's within the Metals & Mining industry that declined today were:

Ternium

(

TX

), down 17%,

Comstock Mining Inc

(

LODE

), down 9.3%,

Great Basin Gold

(

GBG

), down 6.8%, and

Sutor Technology Group

(

SUTR

), down 6.4%.

Randgold Resources Limited, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the exploration and mining of gold mines in west and central Africa. Randgold Resources has a market cap of $9.98 billion and is part of the

basic materials

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 93.7, above the average metals & mining industry P/E ratio of 35.1 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 26.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Randgold as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and expanding profit margins. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

On the positive front,

Commercial Metals Company

(

CMC

), up 23.8%,

Mines Management Inc

(

MGN

), up 22.1%,

Universal Stainless & Alloy Products

(

USAP

), up 18.1%, and

Uranerz Energy Corporation

(

URZ

), up 16.3%, were all gainers within the metals & mining industry with

Southern Copper Corporation

(

SCCO

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

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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