Editor's Note: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model


Royal Gold



) pushed the Metals & Mining industry lower today making it today's featured Metals & Mining laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.5%. By the end of trading, Royal Gold fell $3.23 (-3.9%) to $80.76 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 2.4 million shares of Royal Gold exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 951,600 shares. The stock ranged in price between $80.57-$84.25 after having opened the day at $83.81 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $83.99. Other companies within the Metals & Mining industry that declined today were:

Richmont Mines



), down 25.1%,

Pacific Booker Minerals



), down 19.6%,




), down 14%, and

Sutor Technology Group



), down 9%.

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Royal Gold, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the acquisition and management of precious metals royalties and similar production based interests. Royal Gold has a market cap of $5.33 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 51.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 24.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there is one analyst that rates Royal Gold a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and four rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Royal Gold as a


. 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, expanding profit margins, increase in net income and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the positive front,

Ossen Innovation



), up 19.5%,

Prospect Global Resources



), up 12%,

Walter Energy



), up 5.8%, and

China Precision Steel



), up 5.5%, were all gainers within the metals & mining industry with

Alpha Natural Resources



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

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SPDR S&P Metals & Mining ETF



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

PowerShares DB Base Metals Sht ETN




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