United States Steel Corporation (X): 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.

United States Steel Corporation ( X) pushed the Metals & Mining industry higher today making it today's featured metals & mining winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.8%. By the end of trading, United States Steel Corporation rose 31 cents (1.3%) to $24.53 on average volume. Throughout the day, 6.5 million shares of United States Steel Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.7 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $24-$24.56 after having opened the day at $24.39 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $24.22. Other companies within the Metals & Mining industry that increased today were: Ossen Innovation ( OSN), up 17.9%, Molycorp ( MCP), up 13.2%, Mountain Province Diamonds ( MDM), up 10.6%, and Gold Standard Ventures ( GSV), up 9.8%.
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United States Steel Corporation engages in the production and sale of steel mill products in North America and Europe. The company operates in three segments: Flat-rolled Products (Flat-rolled), U. S. Steel Europe (USSE), and Tubular Products (Tubular). United States Steel Corporation has a market cap of $3.61 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 5.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are three analysts that rate United States Steel Corporation a buy, three analysts rate it a sell, and eight rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates United States Steel Corporation as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally high debt management risk, disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front, Timmins Gold ( TGD), down 7%, AMCOL International Corporation ( ACO), down 6.8%, Eldorado Gold ( EGO), down 5.9%, and Nevsun Resources ( NSU), down 5.9%, were all laggards within the metals & mining industry with Agnico-Eagle Mines ( AEM) being today's metals & mining industry laggard.

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