5 Stocks Pushing The Metals & Mining Industry Higher

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 57 points (-0.4%) at 13,942 as of Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, 12:05 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,475 issues advancing vs. 1,392 declining with 148 unchanged.

The Metals & Mining industry currently sits up 0.6% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. Top gainers within the industry include Eldorado Gold ( EGO), up 4.5%, and Yamana Gold ( AUY), up 2.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Tenaris ( TS), down 1.5%, and Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold ( FCX), down 1.3%.

TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 5 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

5. Kinross Gold Corporation ( KGC) is one of the companies pushing the Metals & Mining industry higher today. As of noon trading, Kinross Gold Corporation is up $0.14 (1.8%) to $7.82 on average volume Thus far, 3.6 million shares of Kinross Gold Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $7.74-$7.87 after having opened the day at $7.74 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $7.68.

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 $8.7 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 21.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate Kinross Gold Corporation a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 4 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. Get the full Kinross Gold Corporation Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Goldcorp ( GG) is up $0.43 (1.3%) to $32.98 on average volume Thus far, 2.1 million shares of Goldcorp exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $32.74-$33.18 after having opened the day at $32.92 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $32.55.

Goldcorp Inc. engages in the acquisition, development, exploration, and operation of precious metal properties. It primarily explores gold, silver, copper, lead, and zinc. Goldcorp has a market cap of $26.2 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.6, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 12.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate Goldcorp a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Goldcorp 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 reasonable valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including weak operating cash flow, a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and disappointing return on equity. Get the full Goldcorp Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Barrick Gold Corporation ( ABX) is up $0.48 (1.6%) to $30.97 on average volume Thus far, 4.5 million shares of Barrick Gold Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $30.56-$31.00 after having opened the day at $30.77 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $30.49.

Barrick Gold Corporation engages in the production and sale of gold and copper. The company has a portfolio of 27 operating mines, and exploration and development projects located in North America, South America, the Australia Pacific region, and Africa. Barrick Gold Corporation has a market cap of $30.4 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 13.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Barrick Gold Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Barrick Gold Corporation as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity. Get the full Barrick Gold Corporation Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Newmont Mining Corporation ( NEM) is up $0.43 (1.0%) to $41.25 on average volume Thus far, 3.0 million shares of Newmont Mining Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $41.12-$41.60 after having opened the day at $41.19 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $40.82.

Newmont Mining Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the acquisition, exploration, and production of gold and copper properties. The company's assets or operations are located in the United States, Australia, Peru, Indonesia, Ghana, New Zealand, and Mexico. Newmont Mining Corporation has a market cap of $19.9 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.9, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 12.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Newmont Mining Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Newmont Mining Corporation as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow. Get the full Newmont Mining Corporation Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Vale ( VALE) is up $0.16 (0.9%) to $18.25 on average volume Thus far, 8.2 million shares of Vale exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 15.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $18.09-$18.28 after having opened the day at $18.17 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $18.09.

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 $94.9 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 4.3, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 12.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Vale a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 6 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, attractive valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. 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.

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If you are interested in one of these 5 stocks, 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).

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.

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