1. As of noon trading, Vale ( VALE) is up $0.23 (1.5%) to $15.74 on heavy volume. Thus far, 16.7 million shares of Vale exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 17.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $15.55-$15.88 after having opened the day at $15.58 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $15.51.

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 $75.7 billion and is part of the metals & mining industry. Shares are down 26.0% 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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