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Southern Copper Corporation



) pushed the Metals & Mining industry higher today making it today's featured metals & mining winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.3%. By the end of trading, Southern Copper Corporation rose 67 cents (1.8%) to $37.57 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2.4 million shares of Southern Copper Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.9 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $36.54-$37.63 after having opened the day at $36.81 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $36.90. Other companies within the Metals & Mining industry that increased today were:

Prospect Global Resources



), up 17.9%,

China Gengsheng Minerals



), up 13.8%,

Oxford Resource Partners



), up 7%, and

Timberline Resources Corporation



), up 5.8%.

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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 $30.82 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 16, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 2.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are no analysts that rate Southern Copper Corporation a buy, three analysts rate it a sell, and five 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 expanding profit margins, solid stock price performance, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front,

Crosshair Energy



), down 7.5%,

Comstock Mining



), down 6.9%,

Avino Silver & Gold Mines



), down 6.4%, and

China Shen Zhou Mining & Resources



), down 6.3%, were all laggards within the metals & mining industry with

United States Steel Corporation



) being today's metals & mining industry laggard.

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

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