ArcelorMittal SA (MT): Today's Featured Metals & Mining Winner

ArcelorMittal ( MT) pushed the Metals & Mining industry higher today making it today's featured metals & mining winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.4%. By the end of trading, ArcelorMittal rose $0.13 (1.2%) to $11.19 on light volume. Throughout the day, 4,099,426 shares of ArcelorMittal exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6,810,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $11.07-$11.27 after having opened the day at $11.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $11.06. Other companies within the Metals & Mining industry that increased today were: Kimber Resources ( KBX), up 16.6%, China Gengsheng Minerals ( CHGS), up 14.9%, ProShares UltraPro Short 20+ Year Treasury ( TTT), up 10.3% and Polymet Mining ( PLM), up 8.5%.

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 $17.5 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 36.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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. Among the primary strengths of the company is its solid financial position based on a variety of debt and liquidity measures that we have evaluated. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

On the negative front, Sibanye Gold Ltd ADR ( SBGL), down 50.9%, USEC ( USU), down 39.5%, Crosshair Energy ( CXZ), down 28.7% and Rubicon Minerals ( RBY), down 8.8% , were all laggards within the metals & mining industry with Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold ( FCX) being today's metals & mining industry laggard.

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