Newmont Mining Corporation (NEM): Today's Featured Metals & Mining Laggard

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Newmont Mining Corporation ( NEM) pushed the Metals & Mining industry lower today making it today's featured Metals & Mining laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 2.0%. By the end of trading, Newmont Mining Corporation fell $0.97 (-3.0%) to $31.84 on light volume. Throughout the day, 6,558,720 shares of Newmont Mining Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9,357,200 shares. The stock ranged in price between $31.82-$32.77 after having opened the day at $32.54 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $32.81. Other companies within the Metals & Mining industry that declined today were: Cardero Resources Corporation ( CDY), down 12.1%, Golden Star Resources ( GSS), down 10.0%, Quest Rare Minerals ( QRM), down 9.7% and International Tower Hill Mines ( THM), down 9.3%.

Newmont Mining Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the acquisition, exploration, and production of gold and copper properties. The company's assets or operations are located in the United States, Australia, Peru, Indonesia, Ghana, Mexico, and New Zealand. Newmont Mining Corporation has a market cap of $15.8 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 29.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Newmont Mining Corporation a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Newmont Mining Corporation as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in its earnings per share.

On the positive front, Crosshair Energy ( CXZ), up 20.0%, China Gengsheng Minerals ( CHGS), up 16.0%, Platinum Group Metal ( PLG), up 9.4% and Quaterra Resources ( QMM), up 6.9% , were all gainers within the metals & mining industry with Molycorp ( MCP) 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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