Vale SA (VALE): Today's Featured Metals & Mining Winner

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Vale ( VALE) pushed the Metals & Mining industry higher today making it today's featured metals & mining winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.2%. By the end of trading, Vale rose $0.39 (2.3%) to $17.20 on average volume. Throughout the day, 14,727,204 shares of Vale exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 18,800,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $16.87-$17.36 after having opened the day at $16.95 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $16.81. Other companies within the Metals & Mining industry that increased today were: L & L Energy ( LLEN), up 14.6%, Uranerz Energy Corporation ( URZ), up 14.4%, China Gengsheng Minerals ( CHGS), up 10.0% and Mountain Province Diamonds ( MDM), up 7.3%.
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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 $86.8 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.7, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 19.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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 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.

On the negative front, USEC ( USU), down 13.6%, Banro Corporation ( BAA), down 9.4%, Lake Shore Gold ( LSG), down 7.9% and North American Palladium ( PAL), down 7.8% , were all laggards within the metals & mining industry with Barrick Gold Corporation ( ABX) 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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