Vale SA (VALE): Today's Featured Metals & Mining Winner

Vale ( VALE) pushed the Metals & Mining industry higher today making it today's featured metals & mining winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.3%. By the end of trading, Vale rose $0.21 (1.6%) to $12.91 on light volume. Throughout the day, 13,359,391 shares of Vale exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 19,207,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $12.86-$13.09 after having opened the day at $12.95 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $12.70. Other companies within the Metals & Mining industry that increased today were: Avalon Rare Metals ( AVL), up 16.4%, Tasman Metals ( TAS), up 16.4%, Great Panther Silver ( GPL), up 10.8% and Quaterra Resources ( QMM), up 10.0%.

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 $65.1 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 39.4% 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 5 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.

On the negative front, Sibanye Gold Ltd ADR ( SBGL), down 48.6%, Pacific Booker Minerals ( PBM), down 14.0%, China Gengsheng Minerals ( CHGS), down 9.9% and Ossen Innovation ( OSN), down 9.1%.

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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