Goldcorp Inc. (GG): Today's Featured Basic Materials Winner

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Goldcorp ( GG) pushed the Basic Materials sector higher today making it today's featured basic materials winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 1.2%. By the end of trading, Goldcorp rose $1.33 (4.2%) to $33.35 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 10.1 million shares of Goldcorp exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.6 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $31.85-$33.43 after having opened the day at $32.01 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $32.02. Other companies within the Basic Materials sector that increased today were: Endeavour International ( END), up 29.2%, McEwen Mining ( MUX), up 18.4%, Vista Gold Corporation ( VGZ), up 17.9%, and Rare Element Resources ( REE), up 16.8%.
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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 $25.98 billion and is part of the metals & mining industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.4, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 12.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate Goldcorp a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and four rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Goldcorp as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, reasonable valuation levels and increase in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and disappointing return on equity.

On the negative front, Houston American Energy Corporation ( HUSA), down 12.4%, GeoGlobal Resources ( GGR), down 10.3%, Quaterra Resources ( QMM), down 8.3%, and United States Antimony Corporation ( UAMY), down 8.2%, were all laggards within the basic materials sector with Kinder Morgan ( KMI) being today's basic materials sector laggard.

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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