Molycorp Inc. (MCP): Today's Featured Metals & Mining Winner

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Molycorp ( MCP) pushed the Metals & Mining industry higher today making it today's featured metals & mining winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 3.4%. By the end of trading, Molycorp rose $0.13 (1.9%) to $7.07 on average volume. Throughout the day, 7,866,147 shares of Molycorp exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6,391,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $6.87-$7.13 after having opened the day at $7.04 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $6.94. Other companies within the Metals & Mining industry that increased today were: Mines Management ( MGN), up 7.8%, Pacific Booker Minerals ( PBM), up 7.6%, Polymet Mining ( PLM), up 4.9% and United States Antimony Corporation ( UAMY), up 4.9%.

Molycorp, Inc. produces and sells rare earth and rare metal materials in the United States and internationally. Molycorp has a market cap of $1.3 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 27.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Molycorp a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Molycorp as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself, deteriorating net income and generally high debt management risk.

On the negative front, Lake Shore Gold ( LSG), down 20.6%, Great Panther Silver ( GPL), down 14.9%, Tanzanian Royalty Exploration Corporation ( TRX), down 13.6% and Prospect Global Resources ( PGRX), down 12.7% , were all laggards within the metals & mining industry with Goldcorp ( GG) 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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