1. As of noon trading, Southern Copper Corporation ( SCCO) is up $0.24 (0.76) to $31.73 on heavy volume Thus far, 1.6 million shares of Southern Copper Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $31.13-$31.84 after having opened the day at $31.49 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $31.49.

Southern Copper Corporation engages in mining, exploring, producing, smelting, and refining copper and other minerals in Peru, Mexico, and Chile. Southern Copper Corporation has a market cap of $26.5 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.7, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 16.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Southern Copper Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins, solid stock price performance, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Southern Copper Corporation Ratings Report now.

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