Barrick Gold Corporation (ABX): Today's Featured Basic Materials Winner

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Barrick Gold Corporation ( ABX) pushed the Basic Materials sector higher today making it today's featured basic materials winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 1.6%. By the end of trading, Barrick Gold Corporation rose $1.55 (10.0%) to $17.10 on average volume. Throughout the day, 26,030,851 shares of Barrick Gold Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 18,531,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $15.81-$17.14 after having opened the day at $15.83 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $15.55. Other companies within the Basic Materials sector that increased today were: Iamgold ( IAG), up 16.6%, American Pacific Corporation ( APFC), up 15.7%, GMX Resources ( GMXRQ), up 15.2% and China Gengsheng Minerals ( CHGS), up 14.9%.

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 $15.7 billion and is part of the metals & mining industry. Shares are down 55.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Barrick Gold Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 16 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Barrick Gold Corporation as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its feeble growth in its earnings per share, deteriorating net income, generally high debt management risk, disappointing return on equity and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front, Sibanye Gold Ltd ADR ( SBGL), down 43.4%, WSP Holdings ( WH), down 34.2%, Axiall ( AXLL), down 17.2% and Dominion Diamond ( DDC), down 17.2% , were all laggards within the basic materials sector with Oasis Petroleum ( OAS) being today's basic materials sector laggard.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the basic materials sector could consider Materials Select Sector SPDR ( XLB) while those bearish on the basic materials sector could consider ProShares Short Basic Materials Fd ( SBM).

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