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Silver Wheaton Corporation

(

SLW

) 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, Silver Wheaton Corporation rose 79 cents (2.4%) to $34.19 on average volume. Throughout the day, 5.8 million shares of Silver Wheaton Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.1 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $32.81-$34.19 after having opened the day at $33.54 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $33.40. Other companies within the Basic Materials sector that increased today were:

China Gengsheng Minerals

(

CHGS

), up 12.8%,

Avino Silver & Gold Mines

(

ASM

), up 9.7%,

James River Coal Company

(

JRCC

), up 9.2%, and

Sonde Resources

(

SOQ

), up 8.6%.

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Silver Wheaton Corp., a mining company, together with its subsidiaries, operates as a silver streaming company worldwide. Silver Wheaton Corporation has a market cap of $10.59 billion and is part of the

metals & mining

industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.2, above the average metals & mining industry P/E ratio of 18.5 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 10.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Silver Wheaton Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Silver Wheaton Corporation as a

buy

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

On the negative front,

Entree Gold

(

EGI

), down 16.6%,

Ferrellgas Partners

(

FGP

), down 11.1%,

Hugoton Royalty

(

HGT

), down 9.3%, and

TGC Industries

(

TGE

), down 7.7%, were all laggards within the basic materials sector with

Murphy Oil Corporation

(

MUR

) 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

(

XLB

) while those bearish on the basic materials sector could consider

ProShares Short Basic Materials Fd

(

SBM

).

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