Editor's Note: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model





) pushed the Metals & Mining industry higher today making it today's featured metals & mining winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1%. By the end of trading, Vale rose 90 cents (5.2%) to $18.34 on average volume. Throughout the day, 25.1 million shares of Vale exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 20.9 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $18.02-$18.48 after having opened the day at $18.19 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $17.44. Other companies within the Metals & Mining industry that increased today were:

Crosshair Energy



), up 11.8%,

Westmoreland Coal



), up 11.4%,

Agnico-Eagle Mines



), up 9.1%, and




), up 6.7%.

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Vale S.A. engages in the exploration, production, and sale of basic metals in Brazil and internationally. The company is also involved in energy, logistics, and steel businesses. Vale has a market cap of $124.76 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of four, below the average metals & mining industry P/E ratio of 5.8 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 18.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are three analysts that rate Vale a buy, two analysts rate it a sell, and eight rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Vale as a


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, attractive valuation levels and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, weak operating cash flow and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front,

Atlatsa Resources



), down 10.8%,

Entree Gold



), down 10.2%,

Polymet Mining



), down 4.8%, and

Avino Silver & Gold Mines



), down 4%, were all laggards within the metals & mining industry with

Cliffs Natural Resources



) 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



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

PowerShares DB Base Metals Sht ETN




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