The

metals & mining

industry closed the day up 2.3%.

Sinocoking Coal and Coke Chemicals Inc

(

SCOK

),

Mines Management Inc

(

MGN

),

Stillwater Mining Company

(

SWC

), and

Patriot Coal Corporation

(

PCX

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

Vale S.A

(

VALE

) being today's featured metals & mining winner. Vale S.A rose 16 cents (0.6%) to $26.62 on light volume. Throughout the day, 16.5 million shares of Vale S.A exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 22 million shares.

Vale S.A. engages in the exploration, production, and sale of basic metals in Brazil. The company also involves in fertilizers, logistics, and steel businesses. Vale S.A has a market cap of $125.7 billion and is part of the

basic materials

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 7.7, above the average metals & mining industry P/E ratio of 5.1 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 23.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Vale as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, attractive valuation levels and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front,

China Gerui Advanced Materials Group

(

CHOP

),

Nanophase Technologies Corporation

(

NANX

),

Sutor Technology Group

(

SUTR

), and

General Steel Holdings Inc

(

GSI

) were all losers within the metals & mining industry with

ArcelorMittal

(

MT

) being today's metals & mining industry Loser Spotlight stock.

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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