Arch Coal Inc (ACI): Today's Featured Metals & Mining Laggard

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Arch Coal ( ACI) pushed the Metals & Mining industry lower today making it today's featured Metals & Mining laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.5%. By the end of trading, Arch Coal fell 22 cents (-4.5%) to $4.66 on average volume. Throughout the day, 16.2 million shares of Arch Coal exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 11.2 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $4.62-$5.02 after having opened the day at $5.01 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $4.88. Other companies within the Metals & Mining industry that declined today were: China Shen Zhou Mining & Resources ( SHZ), down 33.1%, Solitario Exploration & Royalty ( XPL), down 10.9%, Tasman Metals ( TAS), down 10.6%, and McEwen Mining ( MUX), down 8.2%.
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Arch Coal, Inc. engages in the production and sale of steam and metallurgical coal from surface and underground mines located in the United States. Arch Coal has a market cap of $1.14 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 26.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are seven analysts that rate Arch Coal a buy, three analysts rate it a sell, and nine rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Arch Coal as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins, weak operating cash flow and generally high debt management risk.

On the positive front, NovaCopper ( NCQ), up 16.6%, Prospect Global Resources ( PGRX), up 15.3%, Great Basin Gold ( GBG), up 14.9%, and Kimber Resources ( KBX), up 14.5%, were all gainers within the metals & mining industry with Nucor ( NUE) being today's featured metals & mining industry leader.

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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