1. As of noon trading, Cliffs Natural Resources ( CLF) is up $2.00 (5.7%) to $37.26 on average volume Thus far, 4.8 million shares of Cliffs Natural Resources exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $34.79-$37.28 after having opened the day at $35.06 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.26.

Cliffs Natural Resources Inc., a mining and natural resources company, engages in the production of iron ore pellets, fines and lump ore, and metallurgical coal. Cliffs Natural Resources has a market cap of $5.2 billion and is part of the metals & mining industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 5.7, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 41.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Cliffs Natural Resources a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Cliffs Natural Resources as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow. Get the full Cliffs Natural Resources Ratings Report now.

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