The metals & mining industry closed the day up 2.3%. China Gerui Advanced Materials Group ( CHOP), Nanophase Technologies Corporation ( NANX), Sutor Technology Group ( SUTR), and General Steel Holdings Inc ( GSI) were all decliners today within the metals & mining industry with ArcelorMittal ( MT) being today's featured metals & mining loser. ArcelorMittal fell 44 cents (-1.9%) to $22.14 on average volume. Throughout the day, 12 million shares of ArcelorMittal exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.4 million shares.

ArcelorMittal, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the production and marketing of steel worldwide. ArcelorMittal has a market cap of $30.1 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.2, above the average metals & mining industry P/E ratio of 9.4 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 40.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

TheStreet Ratings rates ArcelorMittal as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, robust revenue growth and attractive valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity.

On the positive front, Sinocoking Coal and Coke Chemicals Inc ( SCOK), Mines Management Inc ( MGN), Stillwater Mining Company ( SWC), and Patriot Coal Corporation ( PCX) were all gainers within the metals & mining industry with Vale S.A ( VALE) 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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