ArcelorMittal SA (MT): Today's Featured Metals & Mining Laggard

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ArcelorMittal ( MT) pushed the Metals & Mining industry lower today making it today's featured Metals & Mining laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.5%. By the end of trading, ArcelorMittal fell $0.20 (-1.5%) to $13.42 on light volume. Throughout the day, 2,648,520 shares of ArcelorMittal exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5,959,400 shares. The stock ranged in price between $13.41-$13.60 after having opened the day at $13.53 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $13.62. Other companies within the Metals & Mining industry that declined today were: Crosshair Energy ( CXZ), down 20.0%, Pacific Booker Minerals ( PBM), down 12.7%, Almaden Minerals ( AAU), down 5.3% and General Moly ( GMO), down 4.9%.

ArcelorMittal, together with its subsidiaries, operates as an integrated steel and mining company worldwide. The company operates through six segments: Flat Carbon Americas; Flat Carbon Europe; Long Carbon Americas and Europe; Asia, Africa, and CIS; Distribution Solutions; and Mining. ArcelorMittal has a market cap of $21.1 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 22.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate ArcelorMittal a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates ArcelorMittal as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in its earnings per share.

On the positive front, Alexco Resource ( AXU), up 16.5%, USEC ( USU), up 12.2%, China Gengsheng Minerals ( CHGS), up 11.4% and Atlatsa Resources ( ATL), up 9.2% , were all gainers within the metals & mining industry with Silver Wheaton Corporation ( SLW) being today's featured metals & mining industry leader.

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