1. As of noon trading, Vale ( VALE) is up $0.33 (1.7%) to $19.80 on average volume Thus far, 7.8 million shares of Vale exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 14.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $19.62-$19.88 after having opened the day at $19.73 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $19.47. Vale S.A. engages in the exploration, production, and sale of basic metals in Brazil and internationally. The company is also involved in energy, logistics, and steel businesses. Vale has a market cap of $137.8 billion and is part of the metals & mining industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 4.5, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 6.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Vale a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold. TheStreet Ratings rates Vale as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and attractive valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share. Get the full Vale Ratings Report now. It's Official: Action Alerts PLUS beats the S&P 500 with Dividends Reinvested! Cramer and Link were up 16.72% in 2012. Were you? See what they are trading for 14-days FREE If you are interested in one of these 3 stocks, 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). A reminder about TheStreet Ratings group: 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.