United States Steel Corporation (X): Today's Featured Metals & Mining Laggard

United States Steel Corporation ( X) pushed the Metals & Mining industry lower today making it today's featured Metals & Mining laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.7%. By the end of trading, United States Steel Corporation fell $0.20 (-1.1%) to $17.74 on light volume. Throughout the day, 5,339,704 shares of United States Steel Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8,022,700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $17.58-$18.13 after having opened the day at $18.07 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $17.94. Other companies within the Metals & Mining industry that declined today were: Sibanye Gold Ltd ADR ( SBGL), down 39.5%, Prospect Global Resources ( PGRX), down 8.3%, Tasman Metals ( TAS), down 4.5% and Solitario Exploration & Royalty ( XPL), down 4.3%.

United States Steel Corporation produces and sells steel mill products in North America and Europe. The company operates in three segments: Flat-Rolled Products (Flat-Rolled), U. S. Steel Europe (USSE), and Tubular Products (Tubular). United States Steel Corporation has a market cap of $2.6 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 24.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate United States Steel Corporation a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates United States Steel Corporation as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself, generally high debt management risk, poor profit margins, weak operating cash flow and feeble growth in its earnings per share.

On the positive front, Atlatsa Resources ( ATL), up 14.4%, Crosshair Energy ( CXZ), up 11.2%, Pretium Resources ( PVG), up 10.5% and Minco Gold Corporation ( MGH), up 10.0% , were all gainers within the metals & mining industry with Barrick Gold Corporation ( ABX) being today's featured metals & mining industry leader.

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