The metals & mining industry closed the day up 4.6%. Oilsands Quest Inc ( BQI), Timberline Resources Corporation ( TLR), Anooraq Resources Corporation ( ANO), and Comstock Mining Inc ( LODE) were all decliners today within the metals & mining industry with Great Basin Gold ( GBG) being today's featured metals & mining loser. Great Basin Gold fell 3 cents (-1.9%) to $1.54 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 5.2 million shares of Great Basin Gold exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.8 million shares.

Great Basin Gold Ltd. engages in the acquisition, exploration, and development of precious metal deposits. It explores for gold, silver, and aggregate. Great Basin Gold has a market cap of $735.2 million and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 47.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Great Basin as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and generally poor debt management.

On the positive front, Gold Reserve Inc ( GRZ), Silvercorp Metals Inc ( SVM), Sutor Technology Group ( SUTR), and USEC Inc ( USU) 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).