ArcelorMittal SA (MT): Today's Featured Metals & Mining Laggard

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ArcelorMittal ( MT) pushed the Metals & Mining industry lower today making it today's featured Metals & Mining laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.1%. By the end of trading, ArcelorMittal fell 25 cents (-1.6%) to $15.88 on average volume. Throughout the day, 4.9 million shares of ArcelorMittal exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.3 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $15.87-$16.24 after having opened the day at $16.23 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $16.13. Other companies within the Metals & Mining industry that declined today were: Vista Gold Corporation ( VGZ), down 10.9%, Avalon Rare Metals ( AVL), down 8.3%, Tasman Metals ( TAS), down 8.2%, and Uranerz Energy Corporation ( URZ), down 8%.
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ArcelorMittal, together with its subsidiaries, operates as an integrated steel and mining company worldwide. ArcelorMittal has a market cap of $25.37 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.2, below the average metals & mining industry P/E ratio of 117 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 11.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are four analysts that rate ArcelorMittal a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and three rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates ArcelorMittal as a hold. Among the primary strengths of the company is its generally strong cash flow from operations. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

On the positive front, Prospect Global Resources ( PGRX), up 13.3%, USEC ( USU), up 13.1%, Gold Resource ( GORO), up 7.6%, and International Tower Hill Mines ( THM), up 7.3%, were all gainers within the metals & mining industry with Randgold Resources ( GOLD) 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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