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) pushed the Metals & Mining industry higher today making it today's featured metals & mining winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 3.0%. By the end of trading, Vale rose $0.20 (1.3%) to $15.10 on average volume. Throughout the day, 15,753,060 shares of Vale exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 18,870,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $14.81-$15.30 after having opened the day at $14.91 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $14.90. Other companies within the Metals & Mining industry that increased today were:

Great Basin Gold



), up 25.0%,

Lake Shore Gold



), up 18.3%,

Almaden Minerals



), up 15.4% and

Atlatsa Resources



), up 15.3%.

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Vale S.A. engages in the research, production, and marketing of iron ore and pellets, nickel, fertilizers, copper, coal, manganese, ferroalloys, cobalt, platinum group metals, and precious metals in Brazil and internationally. Vale has a market cap of $78.4 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 28.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Vale a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Vale as a


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and attractive valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, disappointing return on equity and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share.

On the negative front,

Tasman Metals



), down 8.8%,

James River Coal Company



), down 6.5%,

Cardero Resources Corporation



), down 6.1% and

China Gerui Advanced Materials Group



), down 6.0%.

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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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