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Gerdau ( GGB) pushed the Metals & Mining industry lower today making it today's featured Metals & Mining laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.4%. By the end of trading, Gerdau fell $0.14 (-2.3%) to $5.92 on average volume. Throughout the day, 5,031,496 shares of Gerdau exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5,265,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $5.86-$5.99 after having opened the day at $5.98 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $6.06. Other companies within the Metals & Mining industry that declined today were: Crosshair Energy ( CXZ), down 35.0%, Ossen Innovation ( OSN), down 20.0%, China Gengsheng Minerals ( CHGS), down 15.3% and Cardero Resources Corporation ( CDY), down 13.0%.
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Gerdau S.A. engages in the production and commercialization of steel products worldwide. Gerdau has a market cap of $10.5 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 5.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 32.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Gerdau a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Gerdau as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its reasonable 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 a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

On the positive front, Prospect Global Resources ( PGRX), down 16.9%, Minco Gold Corporation ( MGH), down 11.7%, Silver Bull Resources ( SVBL), down 7.4% and Timberline Resources Corporation ( TLR), down 7.2% , were all gainers within the metals & mining industry with Molycorp ( MCP) 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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