Nucor Corp. (NUE): Today's Featured Metals & Mining Winner

Nucor ( NUE) pushed the Metals & Mining industry higher today making it today's featured metals & mining winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.2%. By the end of trading, Nucor rose 43 cents (1.1%) to $38.71 on light volume. Throughout the day, two million shares of Nucor exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.4 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $38.02-$38.80 after having opened the day at $38.13 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $38.28. Other companies within the Metals & Mining industry that increased today were: China Gengsheng Minerals ( CHGS), up 8.9%, Ivanhoe Mines ( IVN), up 7%, Polymet Mining ( PLM), up 5.5%, and Primero Mining ( PPP), up 4.9%.

Nucor Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the manufacture and sale of steel and steel products in North America and internationally. It operates through three segments: Steel Mills, Steel Products, and Raw Materials. Nucor has a market cap of $12.18 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.9, 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 2.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are nine analysts that rate Nucor a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and five rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Nucor as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, poor profit margins and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share.

On the negative front, AuRico Gold ( AUQ), down 6.7%, Augusta Resource Corporation ( AZC), down 5.4%, USEC ( USU), down 5%, and Ur-Energy ( URG), down 4.6%, were all losers within the metals & mining industry with Gold Fields ( GFI) being today's metals & mining industry loser.

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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