United States Steel Corporation

(

X

) pushed the Metals & Mining industry lower today making it today's featured Metals & Mining laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.5%. By the end of trading, United States Steel Corporation fell 16 cents (-0.8%) to $18.92 on light volume. Throughout the day, 6.1 million shares of United States Steel Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9.6 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $18.68-$19.27 after having opened the day at $19 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $19.08. Other company's within the Metals & Mining industry that declined today were:

General Steel Holdings

(

GSI

), down 11.8%,

Entree Gold

(

EGI

), down 7.9%,

China Natural Resources

(

CHNR

), down 6.9%, and

Quest Rare Minerals

(

QRM

), down 5.9%.

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United States Steel Corporation engages in the production and sale of steel mill products in North America and Europe. The company operates in three segments: Flat-rolled Products (Flat-rolled), U. S. Steel Europe (USSE), and Tubular Products (Tubular). United States Steel Corporation has a market cap of $2.63 billion and is part of the

basic materials

sector. Shares are down 27.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are five analysts that rate United States Steel Corporation a buy, two analysts rate it a sell, and seven rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates United States Steel Corporation as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its unimpressive growth in net income, generally weak debt management, poor profit margins and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

On the positive front,

Jaguar Mining

(

JAG

), up 24.4%,

Platinum Group Metal

(

PLG

), up 11.8%,

Quaterra Resources

(

QMM

), up 8.6%, and

China Precision Steel

(

CPSL

), up 8%, were all gainers within the metals & mining industry with

Goldcorp

(

GG

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

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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