Yamana Gold Inc (AUY): Today's Featured Metals & Mining Winner

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Yamana Gold ( AUY) pushed the Metals & Mining industry higher today making it today's featured metals & mining winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.1%. By the end of trading, Yamana Gold rose $0.25 (2.2%) to $11.52 on average volume. Throughout the day, 10,257,314 shares of Yamana Gold exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8,152,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $10.92-$11.67 after having opened the day at $11.12 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $11.27. Other companies within the Metals & Mining industry that increased today were: Cardero Resources Corporation ( CDY), up 19.9%, McEwen Mining ( MUX), up 12.1%, Tanzanian Royalty Exploration Corporation ( TRX), up 8.6% and Sterlite Industries (India ( SLT), up 6.7%.

Yamana Gold Inc. engages in the exploration, development, and production of mineral properties, primarily gold. It also explores for copper, molybdenum, zinc, and silver metals. Yamana Gold has a market cap of $9.1 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 33.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate Yamana Gold a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Yamana Gold as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, feeble growth in the company's earnings per share and deteriorating net income.

On the negative front, China Precision Steel ( CPSL), down 7.7%, Mines Management ( MGN), down 6.8%, Minco Gold Corporation ( MGH), down 6.7% and Quaterra Resources ( QMM), down 6.2% , were all laggards within the metals & mining industry with Cliffs Natural Resources ( CLF) being today's metals & mining industry laggard.

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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