Silver Wheaton Corporation

(

SLW

) pushed the Metals & Mining industry lower today making it today's featured Metals & Mining loser. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.1%. By the end of trading, Silver Wheaton Corporation fell 98 cents (-3%) to $31.34 on average volume. Throughout the day, 5.7 million shares of Silver Wheaton Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.6 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $31.24-$32.89 after having opened the day at $32.35 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $32.32. Other company's within the Metals & Mining industry that declined today were:

Nanophase Technologies Corporation

(

NANX

), down 10%,

China Shen Zhou Mining & Resources Inc

(

SHZ

), down 7.8%,

Crosshair Energy

(

CXZ

), down 6.6%, and

US Gold Corporation

(

UXG

), down 6.4%.

Silver Wheaton Corp., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a silver streaming company worldwide. Silver Wheaton Corporation has a market cap of $10.93 billion and is part of the

basic materials

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.1, below the average metals & mining industry P/E ratio of 20.7 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 17.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Silver Wheaton 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, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

On the positive front,

Uranium Resources Inc

(

URRE

), up 21.6%,

Qiao Xing Universal Resources Inc

(

XING

), up 19.7%,

China Precision Steel Inc

(

CPSL

), up 7.9%, and

Randgold Resources

(

GOLD

), up 7.2%, were all gainers within the metals & mining industry with

Goldcorp Inc

(

GG

) 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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