1. As of noon trading, Yamana Gold ( AUY) is up $0.81 (5.6%) to $15.21 on heavy volume Thus far, 5.2 million shares of Yamana Gold exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $14.60-$15.36 after having opened the day at $14.77 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $14.40. Yamana Gold Inc. engages in the exploration, development, and production of mineral properties, primarily gold. It also explores for copper, molybdenum, zinc, and silver metals. Yamana Gold has a market cap of $11.3 billion and is part of the metals & mining industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 31.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 12.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate Yamana Gold a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold. TheStreet Ratings rates Yamana Gold as a buy. 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, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Yamana Gold 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.