The metals & mining industry closed the day up 1.9%. Extorre Gold Mines ( XG), Quaterra Resources Inc ( QMM), China Gerui Advanced Materials Group ( CHOP), and Kingold Jewelry Inc ( KGJI) were all decliners today within the metals & mining industry with Century Aluminum Company ( CENX) being today's featured metals & mining loser. Century Aluminum Company fell 31 cents (-3%) to $9.85 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 3.5 million shares of Century Aluminum Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.9 million shares.

Century Aluminum Company, through its subsidiaries, produces primary aluminum in the United States, Iceland, and internationally. The company offers molten aluminum, as well as standard-grade ingot, extrusion billet, and other value-added primary aluminum products. Century Aluminum Company has a market cap of $983.4 million and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 11, 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 34.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Century Aluminum as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and robust revenue growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, weak operating cash flow and poor profit margins.

On the positive front, Almaden Minerals ( AAU), Oilsands Quest Inc ( BQI), Timberline Resources Corporation ( TLR), and Jaguar Mining Inc ( JAG) 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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