The

metals & mining

industry closed the day up 2.8%.

Comstock Mining Inc

(

LODE

),

Synalloy Corporation

(

SYNL

),

Great Panther Silver

(

GPL

), and

China Shen Zhou Mining & Resources Inc

(

SHZ

) were all decliners today within the metals & mining industry with

USEC Inc

(

USU

) being today's featured metals & mining loser. USEC Inc fell 9 cents (-4.1%) to $2.10 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 3.2 million shares of USEC Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of two million shares.

USEC Inc., together with its subsidiaries, supplies low enriched uranium (LEU) to commercial nuclear power plants in the United States and internationally. The company sells the separative work units (SWU) component of LEU; the SWU and uranium components of LEU; and uranium. USEC Inc has a market cap of $248.8 million and is part of the

basic materials

sector. Shares are down 63.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

TheStreet Ratings rates USEC 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, disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins and generally weak debt management.

On the positive front,

TheStreet Recommends

Uranium Resources Inc

(

URRE

),

Quaterra Resources Inc

(

QMM

),

AK Steel Holding Corporation

(

AKS

), and

General Moly Inc

(

GMO

) were all gainers within the metals & mining industry with

Alcoa Inc

(

AA

) 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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