4 Stocks Pushing The Metals & Mining Industry Lower

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 9 points (-0.1%) at 14,437 as of Tuesday, March 12, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,094 issues advancing vs. 1,829 declining with 130 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 Iamgold ( IAG), up 6.4%, Eldorado Gold ( EGO), up 3.0%, Goldcorp ( GG), up 2.8%, Franco-Nevada ( FNV), up 2.5% and Agnico-Eagle Mines ( AEM), up 2.3%.

TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 4 stocks pushing the industry lower today:

4. US Silica Holdings ( SLCA) is one of the companies pushing the Metals & Mining industry lower today. As of noon trading, US Silica Holdings is down $2.76 (-10.4%) to $23.77 on heavy volume Thus far, 1.2 million shares of US Silica Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 510,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $23.22-$25.65 after having opened the day at $25.63 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $26.53.

U.S. Silica Holdings, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the mining, processing, and sale of commercial silica in the United States. It operates in two segments, Oil & Gas Proppants and Industrial & Specialty Products. US Silica Holdings has a market cap of $1.4 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.6, equal to the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 58.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate US Silica Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates US Silica Holdings as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, notable return on equity and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company has favored debt over equity in the management of its balance sheet. Get the full US Silica Holdings Ratings Report now.

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