Silver Wheaton Corporation (SLW): Today's Featured Basic Materials Laggard

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Silver Wheaton Corporation ( SLW) pushed the Basic Materials sector lower today making it today's featured Basic Materials laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.9%. By the end of trading, Silver Wheaton Corporation fell $1.05 (-2.8%) to $36.05 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3.5 million shares of Silver Wheaton Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.3 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $35.79-$37.16 after having opened the day at $37.14 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $37.10. Other companies within the Basic Materials sector that declined today were: Lucas Energy ( LEI), down 16.4%, Andatee China Marine Fuel Services Corporat ( AMCF), down 14.7%, Uranium Resources ( URRE), down 14.6%, and China Gengsheng Minerals ( CHGS), down 11.6%.
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Silver Wheaton Corp., a mining company, together with its subsidiaries, operates as a silver streaming company worldwide. Silver Wheaton Corporation has a market cap of $13.14 billion and is part of the metals & mining industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 23.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 28.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are nine analysts that rate Silver Wheaton Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Silver Wheaton Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, expanding profit margins, increase in stock price during the past year and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front, Goodrich Petroleum ( GDP), up 12.6%, Crimson Exploration ( CXPO), up 11%, Abraxas Petroleum Corporation ( AXAS), up 9.6%, and Tronox ( TROX), up 9%, were all gainers within the basic materials sector with Occidental Petroleum Corporation ( OXY) being today's featured basic materials sector leader.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the basic materials sector could consider Materials Select Sector SPDR ( XLB) while those bearish on the basic materials sector could consider ProShares Short Basic Materials Fd ( SBM).

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