Arch Coal Inc (ACI): Today's Featured Metals & Mining Loser

Arch Coal ( ACI) pushed the Metals & Mining industry lower today making it today's featured Metals & Mining loser. The industry as a whole closed the day up 2.3%. By the end of trading, Arch Coal fell 8 cents (-0.8%) to $9.56 on average volume. Throughout the day, 9.6 million shares of Arch Coal exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10.4 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $9.29-$9.82 after having opened the day at $9.79 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $9.64. Other company's within the Metals & Mining industry that declined today were: China Gengsheng Minerals ( CHGS), down 10.1%, Pacific Booker Minerals ( PBM), down 8.1%, Great Northern Iron Ore ( GNI), down 5.7%, and Timberline Resources Corporation ( TLR), down 4.4%.

Arch Coal, Inc. engages in the production and sale of steam and metallurgical coal from surface and underground mines located in the United States. Arch Coal has a market cap of $2.01 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.8, 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 33.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are eight analysts that rate Arch Coal a buy, three analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Arch Coal as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, attractive valuation levels and increase in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally poor debt management, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

On the positive front, Century Aluminum Company ( CENX), up 11.8%, Novagold Resources ( NG), up 9.5%, Extorre Gold Mines ( XG), up 9.4%, and Lake Shore Gold ( LSG), up 8.6%, were all gainers within the metals & mining industry with Tenaris ( TS) being today's featured metals & mining industry winner.

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