Southern Copper Corporation (SCCO): Today's Featured Metals & Mining Winner

Editor's Note: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model.

Southern Copper Corporation ( SCCO) pushed the Metals & Mining industry higher today making it today's featured metals & mining winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.1%. By the end of trading, Southern Copper Corporation rose $1.16 (3.2%) to $37.26 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 3.3 million shares of Southern Copper Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.1 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $35.92-$37.44 after having opened the day at $36.38 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $36.10. Other companies within the Metals & Mining industry that increased today were: China Gerui Advanced Materials Group ( CHOP), up 14.1%, Alpha Natural Resources ( ANR), up 11.3%, Thompson Creek Metals Company ( TC), up 8.4%, and Arch Coal ( ACI), up 7.4%.
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Southern Copper Corporation engages in mining, exploring, producing, smelting, and refining copper and other minerals in Peru, Mexico, and Chile. Southern Copper Corporation has a market cap of $30.67 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.9, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 20.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are no analysts that rate Southern Copper Corporation a buy, two analysts rate it a sell, and four rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Southern Copper Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold ( FCX), down 16%, Pacific Booker Minerals ( PBM), down 9.7%, Iamgold ( IAG), down 6.9%, and Midway Gold ( MDW), down 6.1%, were all laggards within the metals & mining industry with Goldcorp ( GG) being today's metals & mining industry laggard.

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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