The metals & mining industry closed the day up 4.8%. Sutor Technology Group ( SUTR), Kobex Minerals Inc ( KXM), Qiao Xing Universal Resources Inc ( XING), and China Shen Zhou Mining & Resources Inc ( SHZ) were all decliners today within the metals & mining industry with Lihua International Inc ( LIWA) being today's featured metals & mining loser. Lihua International Inc fell 42 cents (-9.6%) to $3.95 on light volume. Throughout the day, 118,436 shares of Lihua International Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 247,100 shares.

Lihua International, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the production of copper replacement cable and wire products in the People's Republic of China. Lihua International Inc has a market cap of $125.2 million and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 2.7, equal to the average metals & mining industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 62.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Lihua International as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its poor profit margins and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

On the positive front, Uranerz Energy Corporation ( URZ), Ur-Energy Inc ( URG), Comstock Mining Inc ( LODE), and Golden Minerals ( AUMN) were all gainers within the metals & mining industry with Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold ( FCX) 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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