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United States Steel Corporation

(

X

) pushed the Metals & Mining industry higher today making it today's featured metals & mining winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.6%. By the end of trading, United States Steel Corporation rose $0.30 (1.1%) to $26.84 on average volume. Throughout the day, 6,012,948 shares of United States Steel Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7,630,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $26.54-$27.23 after having opened the day at $26.57 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $26.54. Other companies within the Metals & Mining industry that increased today were:

Augusta Resource Corporation

(

AZC

), up 63.1%,

Uranerz Energy Corporation

(

URZ

), up 5.9%,

Alderon Iron Ore

(

AXX

), up 5.5% and

Insteel Industries

(

IIIN

), up 5.5%.

United States Steel Corporation produces and sells 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 $3.8 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 11.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate United States Steel Corporation a buy, 4 analysts rate it a sell, and 7 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 feeble growth in its earnings per share, deteriorating net income, generally high debt management risk, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front,

Polymet Mining

(

PLM

), down 7.3%,

Silver Bull Resources

(

SVBL

), down 6.9%,

Quaterra Resources

(

QMM

), down 6.9% and

Timberline Resources Corporation

(

TLR

), down 6.9% , were all laggards within the metals & mining industry with

Teck Resources

(

TCK

) being today's metals & mining industry laggard.

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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