Alcoa Inc (AA): Today's Featured Metals & Mining Winner

Alcoa ( AA) pushed the Metals & Mining industry higher today making it today's featured metals & mining winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.5%. By the end of trading, Alcoa rose $0.11 (1.4%) to $7.92 on average volume. Throughout the day, 21,833,533 shares of Alcoa exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 18,094,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $7.80-$7.94 after having opened the day at $7.88 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $7.81. Other companies within the Metals & Mining industry that increased today were: Crosshair Energy ( CXZ), up 44.8%, Kimber Resources ( KBX), up 26.3%, Atlatsa Resources ( ATL), up 8.3% and Turquoise Hill Resources ( TRQ), up 7.3%.

Alcoa Inc. engages in the production and management of primary aluminum, fabricated aluminum, and alumina. The company operates in four segments: Alumina, Primary Metals, Global Rolled Products, and Engineered Products and Solutions. Alcoa has a market cap of $8.2 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 10.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Alcoa a buy, 4 analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Alcoa as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, good cash flow from operations and growth in earnings per share. 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 generally higher debt management risk.

On the negative front, Sibanye Gold Ltd ADR ( SBGL), down 51.0%, USEC ( USU), down 13.2%, Alderon Iron Ore ( AXX), down 11.5% and Cardero Resources Corporation ( CDY), down 11.4% , were all laggards within the metals & mining industry with Newmont Mining Corporation ( NEM) being today's metals & mining industry laggard.

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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