5 Stocks Improving Performance Of The Metals & Mining Industry

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 127 points (0.8%) at 15,307 as of Tuesday, June 18, 2013, 12:45 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,604 issues advancing vs. 474 declining with 57 unchanged.

The Metals & Mining industry currently sits down 0.09 versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.6%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Franco-Nevada ( FNV), down 4.28, Anglogold Ashanti ( AU), down 3.53, Agnico Eagle Mines ( AEM), down 3.04, Eldorado Gold ( EGO), down 3.27 and Randgold Resources ( GOLD), down 2.39.

TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 5 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

5. Mechel OAO ( MTL) is one of the companies pushing the Metals & Mining industry higher today. As of noon trading, Mechel OAO is up $0.35 (12.29) to $3.19 on heavy volume Thus far, 4.1 million shares of Mechel OAO exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $2.82-$3.25 after having opened the day at $2.86 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $2.84.

Mechel OAO, together with its subsidiaries, engages in mining and steel businesses in the Russian Federation, other CIS countries, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, the United States, and internationally. The company operates through four segments: Mining, Steel, Ferroalloys, and Power. Mechel OAO has a market cap of $1.2 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 59.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are no analysts that rate Mechel OAO a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Mechel OAO as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, generally high debt management risk, disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow. Get the full Mechel OAO Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Cameco ( CCJ) is up $0.44 (2.07) to $21.68 on average volume Thus far, 740,267 shares of Cameco exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $21.20-$21.80 after having opened the day at $21.21 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $21.24.

Cameco Corporation operates as a uranium producer, supplier of conversion services, and fuel manufacturer. The company's Uranium segment is involved in the exploration for, mining, milling, purchase, and sale of uranium concentrate. Cameco has a market cap of $8.3 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 59.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 7.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Cameco a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Cameco 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 increase in stock price during the past year. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity. Get the full Cameco Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, ArcelorMittal ( MT) is up $0.10 (0.82) to $12.23 on light volume Thus far, 1.7 million shares of ArcelorMittal exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $12.11-$12.25 after having opened the day at $12.13 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $12.13.

ArcelorMittal, together with its subsidiaries, operates as an integrated steel and mining company worldwide. The company operates through six segments: Flat Carbon Americas; Flat Carbon Europe; Long Carbon Americas and Europe; Asia, Africa, and CIS; Distribution Solutions; and Mining. ArcelorMittal has a market cap of $19.0 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 30.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate ArcelorMittal a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates ArcelorMittal as a hold. The company's strongest point has been its a solid financial position based on a variety of debt and liquidity measures that we have looked at. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins. Get the full ArcelorMittal Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Cliffs Natural Resources ( CLF) is up $0.92 (5.20) to $18.61 on average volume Thus far, 7.9 million shares of Cliffs Natural Resources exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 13.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $17.53-$18.65 after having opened the day at $17.67 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $17.69.

Cliffs Natural Resources Inc., a mining and natural resources company, engages in the production of iron ore pellets, fines and lump ore, and metallurgical coal. Cliffs Natural Resources has a market cap of $2.7 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 54.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Cliffs Natural Resources a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Cliffs Natural Resources as a hold. Among the primary strengths of the company is its generally strong cash flow from operations. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full Cliffs Natural Resources Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Vale ( VALE) is up $0.17 (1.19) to $14.33 on heavy volume Thus far, 14.6 million shares of Vale exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 18.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $14.05-$14.47 after having opened the day at $14.07 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $14.16.

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 $72.8 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 32.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Vale a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Vale as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and attractive valuation levels. 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 feeble growth in the company's earnings per share. Get the full Vale Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 5 stocks, 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).

A reminder about TheStreet Ratings group: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model.
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