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 1.3%. By the end of trading, Arch Coal fell $0.05 (-1.1%) to $4.38 on average volume. Throughout the day, 11,408,647 shares of Arch Coal exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10,686,700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $4.32-$4.48 after having opened the day at $4.43 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $4.43. Other companies within the Metals & Mining industry that declined today were: Prospect Global Resources ( PGRX), down 21.2%, Kimber Resources ( KBX), down 7.4%, China Gengsheng Minerals ( CHGS), down 5.8% and Timberline Resources Corporation ( TLR), down 5.1%.
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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 $967.8 million and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 39.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Arch Coal a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 9 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, United States Antimony Corporation ( UAMY), down 19.4%, Cardero Resources Corporation ( CDY), down 15.3%, Crosshair Energy ( CXZ), down 13.7% and NovaCopper ( NCQ), down 11.7% , were all gainers within the metals & mining industry with Vale ( VALE) being today's featured metals & mining industry leader.

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