Consol Energy Inc (CNX): Today's Featured Metals & Mining Laggard

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Consol Energy ( CNX) pushed the Metals & Mining industry lower today making it today's featured Metals & Mining laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.3%. By the end of trading, Consol Energy fell $0.66 (-2.1%) to $30.37 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,445,625 shares of Consol Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,437,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $30.32-$31.00 after having opened the day at $30.98 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $31.02. Other companies within the Metals & Mining industry that declined today were: Sibanye Gold Ltd ADR ( SBGL), down 46.9%, Allied Nevada Gold ( ANV), down 14.7%, China Gengsheng Minerals ( CHGS), down 14.3% and Ossen Innovation ( OSN), down 9.1%.

CONSOL Energy Inc. produces coal and natural gas for energy and raw material markets in the United States, Canada, and western Europe. It operates in Coal and Gas divisions. Consol Energy has a market cap of $7.2 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 3.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 16 analysts that rate Consol Energy a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Consol Energy 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 feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity.

On the positive front, Prospect Global Resources ( PGRX), up 4.8%, Nevsun Resources ( NSU), up 4.6%, Timberline Resources Corporation ( TLR), up 4.5% and Richmont Mines ( RIC), up 4.0% , were all gainers within the metals & mining industry with Vale ( VALE) being today's featured metals & mining industry leader.

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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