Alpha Natural Resources Inc (ANR): Today's Featured Metals & Mining Winner

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Alpha Natural Resources ( ANR) pushed the Metals & Mining industry higher today making it today's featured metals & mining winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.3%. By the end of trading, Alpha Natural Resources rose 22 cents (2.1%) to $10.60 on light volume. Throughout the day, 14.5 million shares of Alpha Natural Resources exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 20.6 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $10.22-$10.74 after having opened the day at $10.33 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $10.38. Other companies within the Metals & Mining industry that increased today were: China Gengsheng Minerals ( CHGS), up 16.3%, China Natural Resources ( CHNR), up 13.1%, Northern Dynasty Minerals ( NAK), up 12.4%, and Molycorp ( MCP), up 12.2%.
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Alpha Natural Resources, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, engages in producing, processing, and selling steam and metallurgical coal in the United States. The company has mining operations in Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, and Wyoming. Alpha Natural Resources has a market cap of $2.24 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 4.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are nine analysts that rate Alpha Natural Resources a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and seven rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Alpha Natural Resources as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins, weak operating cash flow and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front, Gold Reserve ( GRZ), down 8.1%, Timberline Resources Corporation ( TLR), down 8.1%, Kingold Jewelry ( KGJI), down 5.9%, and Harmony Gold Mining ( HMY), down 5.5%, were all laggards within the metals & mining industry with Vale ( VALE) 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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