Consol Energy Inc (CNX): Today's Featured Metals & Mining Laggard

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Consol Energy ( CNX) pushed the Metals & Mining industry lower today making it today's featured Metals & Mining laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 2.5%. By the end of trading, Consol Energy fell 51 cents (-1.7%) to $30.20 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2.9 million shares of Consol Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.6 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $30.07-$31.18 after having opened the day at $31.11 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $30.71. Other companies within the Metals & Mining industry that declined today were: China Precision Steel ( CPSL), down 20.1%, Uranium Resources ( URRE), down 8.2%, USEC ( USU), down 6.1%, and Crosshair Energy ( CXZ), down 4.5%.

CONSOL Energy Inc. produces coal and natural gas for energy and raw material markets. The company is involved in the mining, preparation, and marketing steam coal primarily to electric power generation industry; and metallurgical coal to steel and coke producers. Consol Energy has a market cap of $7.17 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.8, 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 16.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate Consol Energy a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and four rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Consol Energy as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, notable return on equity and impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including weak operating cash flow, poor profit margins and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

On the positive front, Thompson Creek Metals Company ( TC), up 12.3%, Timmins Gold ( TGD), up 11.5%, Golden Minerals ( AUMN), up 11.5%, and Great Panther Silver ( GPL), up 11.3%, were all gainers within the metals & mining industry with Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold ( FCX) 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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