The metals & mining industry closed the day up 1.8%. Gold Reserve Inc ( GRZ), Oilsands Quest Inc ( BQI), Nanophase Technologies Corporation ( NANX), and USEC Inc ( USU) were all decliners today within the metals & mining industry with Jaguar Mining Inc ( JAG) being today's featured metals & mining loser. Jaguar Mining Inc fell 3 cents (-0.7%) to $4.07 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1.6 million shares of Jaguar Mining Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.9 million shares.

Jaguar Mining Inc. engages in the production of gold, as well as in the acquisition, exploration, development, and operation of gold mineral properties in Brazil. It holds interests in the Turmalina, Paciencia, Sabara, and Caete gold projects in the state of Minas Gerais. Jaguar Mining Inc has a market cap of $355.2 million and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 41% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Jaguar as a sell. Among the areas we feel are negative, one of the most important has been a generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

On the positive front, Metals USA Holdings ( MUSA), Comstock Mining Inc ( LODE), Extorre Gold Mines ( XG), and Schnitzer Steel Industries Inc ( SCHN) 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).