Silver Wheaton Corporation (SLW): Today's Featured Basic Materials Laggard

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Silver Wheaton Corporation ( SLW) pushed the Basic Materials sector lower today making it today's featured Basic Materials laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.5%. By the end of trading, Silver Wheaton Corporation fell 76 cents (-2.4%) to $31.63 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3.7 million shares of Silver Wheaton Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.1 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $31.43-$32.57 after having opened the day at $32.18 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $32.39. Other companies within the Basic Materials sector that declined today were: YPF Sociedad Anonima ( YPF), down 14.3%, Quaterra Resources ( QMM), down 12.9%, Cal Dive International ( DVR), down 12.6%, and U.S. Energy ( USEG), down 10.3%.
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Silver Wheaton Corp., a mining company, together with its subsidiaries, operates as a silver streaming company worldwide. Silver Wheaton Corporation has a market cap of $11.55 billion and is part of the metals & mining industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 9.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are seven analysts that rate Silver Wheaton Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and one rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Silver Wheaton Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, expanding profit margins, increase in stock price during the past year and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front, Lightbridge ( LTBR), up 11.1%, GeoGlobal Resources ( GGR), up 9.7%, GMX Resources ( GMXR), up 9.1%, and Pacific Ethanol ( PEIX), up 8.8%, were all gainers within the basic materials sector with Helmerich & Payne ( HP) being today's featured basic materials sector leader.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, 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).

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