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Southern Copper Corporation



) pushed the Basic Materials sector lower today making it today's featured Basic Materials laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.5%. By the end of trading, Southern Copper Corporation fell $0.40 (-1.5%) to $25.67 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,465,219 shares of Southern Copper Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,656,100 shares. The stock ranged in price between $25.43-$26.05 after having opened the day at $26.02 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $26.07. Other companies within the Basic Materials sector that declined today were:

General Moly



), down 8.9%,




), down 8.7%,

Golden Star Resources



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), down 8.2% and

Landec Corporation



), down 8.1%.

Southern Copper Corporation engages in mining, exploring, producing, smelting, and refining copper and other minerals in Peru, Mexico, and Chile. Southern Copper Corporation has a market cap of $21.9 billion and is part of the metals & mining industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.6, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 31.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Southern Copper Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Southern Copper Corporation

as a


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, notable return on equity and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including weak operating cash flow, a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share.

On the positive front,

Pretium Resources



), up 81.6%,

Gastar Exploration



), up 18.9%,

Uranerz Energy Corporation



), up 16.7% and

Pacific Ethanol



), up 16.6% , were all gainers within the basic materials sector with




) being today's featured basic materials sector leader.

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Materials Select Sector SPDR



) while those bearish on the basic materials sector could consider

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