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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4. As of noon trading, Barrick Gold Corporation ( ABX) is up $0.46 (1.6%) to $29.28 on average volume Thus far, 5.6 million shares of Barrick Gold Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $28.65-$29.41 after having opened the day at $28.75 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $28.82.

Barrick Gold Corporation engages in the production and sale of gold and copper. The company has a portfolio of 27 operating mines, and exploration and development projects located in North America, South America, the Australia Pacific region, and Africa. Barrick Gold Corporation has a market cap of $29.0 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 17.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Barrick Gold Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Barrick Gold Corporation as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth and good cash flow from operations. 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 Barrick Gold Corporation Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Vale ( VALE) is up $0.11 (0.6%) to $17.22 on average volume Thus far, 8.5 million shares of Vale exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 16.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $16.77-$17.27 after having opened the day at $16.89 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $17.11.

Vale S.A. engages in the research, production, and marketing of iron ore and pellets, nickel, fertilizers, copper, coal, manganese, ferroalloys, cobalt, platinum group metals, and precious metals in Brazil and internationally. Vale has a market cap of $87.8 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 3.9, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 18.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Vale a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Vale as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its reasonable valuation levels, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, deteriorating net income and weak operating cash flow. Get the full Vale Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Newmont Mining Corporation ( NEM) is up $0.54 (1.3%) to $41.62 on light volume Thus far, 2.5 million shares of Newmont Mining Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $40.93-$41.80 after having opened the day at $41.13 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $41.08.

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, Mexico, and New Zealand. Newmont Mining Corporation has a market cap of $20.2 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.9, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 11.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Newmont Mining Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 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. Get the full Newmont Mining Corporation Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold ( FCX) is up $0.23 (0.7%) to $33.03 on light volume Thus far, 4.6 million shares of Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 14.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $32.37-$33.06 after having opened the day at $32.48 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $32.80.

Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. engages in the exploration of mineral resource properties. The company primarily explores for copper, gold, molybdenum, cobalt, silver, and other metals, such as rhenium and magnetite. Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold has a market cap of $30.9 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 4.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 5 stocks, 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).

A reminder about TheStreet Ratings group: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model.

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