Alpha Natural Resources Inc (ANR): Today's Featured Metals & Mining Laggard

Alpha Natural Resources ( ANR) pushed the Metals & Mining industry lower today making it today's featured Metals & Mining laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.9%. By the end of trading, Alpha Natural Resources fell 6 cents (-0.9%) to $6.83 on average volume. Throughout the day, 15.7 million shares of Alpha Natural Resources exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 15.3 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $6.72-$7.06 after having opened the day at $6.93 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $6.89. Other company's within the Metals & Mining industry that declined today were: Oxford Resource Partners ( OXF), down 12.7%, Avino Silver & Gold Mines ( ASM), down 8.5%, China Precision Steel ( CPSL), down 7.1%, and China Shen Zhou Mining & Resources ( SHZ), down 5.8%.

Alpha Natural Resources, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, engages in producing, processing, and selling steam and metallurgical coal in the United States. The company has mining operations in Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, and Wyoming. Alpha Natural Resources has a market cap of $1.47 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 66.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Alpha Natural Resources a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and six rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Alpha Natural Resources as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins, weak operating cash flow and generally weak debt management.

On the positive front, Minco Gold Corporation ( MGH), up 13.5%, China Natural Resources ( CHNR), up 11.5%, Augusta Resource Corporation ( AZC), up 11.3%, and Exeter Resource Corporation ( XRA), up 10.6%, were all gainers within the metals & mining industry with Barrick Gold Corporation ( ABX) being today's featured metals & mining industry leader.

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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