5 Stocks Boosting The Metals & Mining Industry Higher

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 46 points (-0.3%) at 14,513 as of Wednesday, March 27, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,149 issues advancing vs. 1,749 declining with 144 unchanged.

The Metals & Mining industry currently sits down 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.2%. Top gainers within the industry include Goldcorp ( GG), up 1.6%, Yamana Gold ( AUY), up 1.4% and Gerdau ( GGB), up 1.2%.

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

5. Consol Energy ( CNX) is one of the companies pushing the Metals & Mining industry higher today. As of noon trading, Consol Energy is up $0.76 (2.3%) to $34.21 on average volume Thus far, 1.5 million shares of Consol Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $32.81-$34.49 after having opened the day at $33.11 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $33.45.

CONSOL Energy Inc. produces coal and natural gas for energy and raw material markets in the United States, Canada, and western Europe. It operates in Coal and Gas divisions. Consol Energy has a market cap of $7.7 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 4.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 15 analysts that rate Consol Energy a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Consol Energy as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. 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 Consol Energy Ratings Report now.

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