Newmont Mining Corporation (NEM): Today's Featured Metals & Mining Winner

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Newmont Mining Corporation ( NEM) pushed the Metals & Mining industry higher today making it today's featured metals & mining winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.8%. By the end of trading, Newmont Mining Corporation rose 77 cents (2%) to $39.66 on average volume. Throughout the day, 6.6 million shares of Newmont Mining Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of seven million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $39.34-$40.20 after having opened the day at $39.39 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $38.89. Other companies within the Metals & Mining industry that increased today were: Endeavour Silver Corporation ( EXK), up 12.5%, Rubicon Minerals ( RBY), up 12%, Northern Dynasty Minerals ( NAK), up 10.4%, and Iamgold ( IAG), up 9.3%.
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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 $19.3 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.4, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 16.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are nine analysts that rate Newmont Mining Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and eight 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 impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, Prospect Global Resources ( PGRX), down 39.6%, Oxford Resource Partners ( OXF), down 8.6%, Pacific Booker Minerals ( PBM), down 8.4%, and US Silica Holdings ( SLCA), down 7.8%, were all laggards within the metals & mining industry with Gerdau ( GGB) being today's metals & mining industry laggard.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, 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).

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