5 Stocks Advancing The Metals & Mining Industry

All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 18 points (0.1%) at 15,482 as of Monday, July 15, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,893 issues advancing vs. 1,042 declining with 108 unchanged.

The Metals & Mining industry currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%.

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

5. Companhia Siderurgica Nacional ( SID) is one of the companies pushing the Metals & Mining industry higher today. As of noon trading, Companhia Siderurgica Nacional is up $0.18 (7.1%) to $2.71 on average volume. Thus far, 2.3 million shares of Companhia Siderurgica Nacional exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $2.60-$2.72 after having opened the day at $2.61 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $2.53.

Companhia Siderurgica Nacional operates as an integrated steel producer primarily in Brazil. The company principally produces carbon steel and various steel products for automotive, home appliance, packaging, construction, and steel processing industries. Companhia Siderurgica Nacional has a market cap of $3.9 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 55.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are no analysts that rate Companhia Siderurgica Nacional a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Companhia Siderurgica Nacional 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 Companhia Siderurgica Nacional Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, POSCO ( PKX) is up $0.59 (0.8%) to $70.00 on light volume. Thus far, 39,369 shares of POSCO exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 231,000 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $69.73-$70.20 after having opened the day at $69.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $69.41.

POSCO, together with its subsidiaries, primarily manufactures and sells integrated steel products in South Korea. It operates through four segments: Steel, Trading, Construction, and Others. POSCO has a market cap of $21.5 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 15.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate POSCO a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates POSCO as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels 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 disappointing return on equity. Get the full POSCO Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Nucor ( NUE) is up $0.54 (1.2%) to $45.42 on light volume. Thus far, 514,564 shares of Nucor exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $44.67-$45.42 after having opened the day at $44.67 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $44.88.

Nucor Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the manufacture and sale of steel and steel products in North America and internationally. It operates through three segments: Steel Mills, Steel Products, and Raw Materials. Nucor has a market cap of $14.5 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 5.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Nucor a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Nucor as a buy. 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. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Nucor Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Vale ( VALE) is up $0.17 (1.3%) to $13.46 on average volume. Thus far, 6.9 million shares of Vale exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 18.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $13.31-$13.53 after having opened the day at $13.32 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $13.29.

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 $69.9 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 35.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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. Get the full Vale Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Barrick Gold Corporation ( ABX) is up $0.27 (1.8%) to $15.21 on average volume. Thus far, 9.2 million shares of Barrick Gold Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 22.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $14.94-$15.35 after having opened the day at $15.22 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $14.94.

Barrick Gold Corporation engages in the production and sale of gold and copper. It is also involved in exploration and mine development activities. Barrick Gold Corporation has a market cap of $15.2 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 56.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Barrick Gold Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 17 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Barrick Gold Corporation as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its 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 feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow. Get the full Barrick Gold Corporation 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).

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