Kinross Gold Corporation (KGC): Today's Featured Metals & Mining Winner

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Kinross Gold Corporation ( KGC) pushed the Metals & Mining industry higher today making it today's featured metals & mining winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.7%. By the end of trading, Kinross Gold Corporation rose 44 cents (5.6%) to $8.33 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 12.7 million shares of Kinross Gold Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.3 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $7.97-$8.45 after having opened the day at $7.98 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $7.89. Other companies within the Metals & Mining industry that increased today were: Alpha Natural Resources ( ANR), up 13.9%, James River Coal Company ( JRCC), up 9.3%, Atlatsa Resources ( ATL), up 7.5%, and Sutor Technology Group ( SUTR), up 7.2%.
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Kinross Gold Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, engages in mining and processing gold ores. It is also involved in the exploration and acquisition of gold bearing properties. Kinross Gold Corporation has a market cap of $9.11 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 17.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Kinross Gold Corporation a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and five rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Kinross Gold Corporation as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its disappointing return on equity and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front, Gold Standard Ventures ( GSV), down 7%, Kimber Resources ( KBX), down 6%, China Shen Zhou Mining & Resources ( SHZ), down 4.8%, and Oxford Resource Partners ( OXF), down 4.6%, were all laggards within the metals & mining industry with Randgold Resources ( GOLD) being today's metals & mining industry laggard.

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