Southern Copper Corporation (SCCO): Today's Featured Metals & Mining Laggard

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Southern Copper Corporation ( SCCO) pushed the Metals & Mining industry lower today making it today's featured Metals & Mining laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.2%. By the end of trading, Southern Copper Corporation fell $0.89 (-3.2%) to $26.89 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,344,356 shares of Southern Copper Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,802,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $26.78-$27.78 after having opened the day at $27.70 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $27.78. Other companies within the Metals & Mining industry that declined today were: USEC ( USU), down 32.9%, Compass Minerals International ( CMP), down 17.8%, Uranium Resources ( URRE), down 15.4% and Asanko Gold ( AKG), down 14.2%.

Southern Copper Corporation engages in mining, exploring, producing, smelting, and refining copper and other minerals in Peru, Mexico, and Chile. Southern Copper Corporation has a market cap of $23.8 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 26.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Southern Copper Corporation a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Southern Copper Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share.

On the positive front, Oxford Resource Partners ( OXF), up 21.1%, Cardero Resources Corporation ( CDY), up 20.5%, Timberline Resources Corporation ( TLR), up 12.2% and International Tower Hill Mines ( THM), up 9.4% , were all gainers within the metals & mining industry with Tenaris ( TS) being today's featured metals & mining industry leader.

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