Newmont Mining Corporation (NEM): Today's Featured Metals & Mining Laggard

Newmont Mining Corporation ( NEM) pushed the Metals & Mining industry lower today making it today's featured Metals & Mining laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.5%. By the end of trading, Newmont Mining Corporation fell $0.76 (-2.7%) to $27.02 on average volume. Throughout the day, 10,069,412 shares of Newmont Mining Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9,280,800 shares. The stock ranged in price between $27.00-$28.26 after having opened the day at $28.21 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $27.78. Other companies within the Metals & Mining industry that declined today were: 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%.

Newmont Mining Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the acquisition, exploration, and production of gold and copper properties. The company's assets or operations are located in the United States, Australia, Peru, Indonesia, Ghana, Mexico, and New Zealand. Newmont Mining Corporation has a market cap of $14.3 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 40.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Newmont Mining Corporation a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Newmont Mining Corporation as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its reasonable valuation levels, expanding profit margins and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including weak operating cash flow, a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share.

On the positive front, 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% , were all gainers within the metals & mining industry with Alcoa ( AA) being today's featured metals & mining industry leader.

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