Gold Fields Ltd (GFI): Today's Featured Metals & Mining Loser

Gold Fields ( GFI) pushed the Metals & Mining industry lower today making it today's featured Metals & Mining loser. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.2%. By the end of trading, Gold Fields fell 22 cents (-1.8%) to $11.92 on light volume. Throughout the day, 2.5 million shares of Gold Fields exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.9 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $11.86-$12.03 after having opened the day at $11.96 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $12.14. Other company's within the Metals & Mining industry that declined today were: AuRico Gold ( AUQ), down 6.7%, Augusta Resource Corporation ( AZC), down 5.4%, USEC ( USU), down 5%, and Ur-Energy ( URG), down 4.6%.

Gold Fields Limited engages in the acquisition, exploration, development, and production of gold properties. It holds interests in eight operating mines in South Africa, Peru, Ghana, and Australia. Gold Fields has a market cap of $8.86 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.1, 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 19.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are no analysts that rate Gold Fields a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and two rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Gold Fields as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, attractive valuation levels and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

On the positive front, 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%, were all gainers within the metals & mining industry with Nucor ( NUE) being today's featured metals & mining industry winner.

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