Southern Copper Corporation (SCCO): Today's Featured Metals & Mining Laggard

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Southern Copper Corporation ( SCCO) pushed the Metals & Mining industry lower today making it today's featured Metals & Mining laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.7%. By the end of trading, Southern Copper Corporation fell $0.93 (-2.9%) to $31.15 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,044,806 shares of Southern Copper Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,005,600 shares. The stock ranged in price between $31.14-$31.87 after having opened the day at $31.79 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $32.08. Other companies within the Metals & Mining industry that declined today were: Mechel OAO ( MTL), down 15.2%, Polymet Mining ( PLM), down 11.8%, Quaterra Resources ( QMM), down 11.7% and Fortuna Silver Mines ( FSM), down 11.7%.
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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 14.7, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 15.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Southern Copper Corporation a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

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, increase in stock price during the past year, 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 has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share.

On the positive front, Kimber Resources ( KBX), down 17.8%, International Tower Hill Mines ( THM), down 9.7%, Ur-Energy ( URG), down 8.0% and Exeter Resource Corporation ( XRA), down 6.0% , were all gainers within the metals & mining industry with Agnico Eagle Mines ( AEM) being today's featured metals & mining industry leader.

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