4 Metals & Mining Stocks Dragging The Industry Down

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 22 points (0.1%) at 15,424 as of Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,875 issues advancing vs. 1,030 declining with 132 unchanged.

The Metals & Mining industry currently sits up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 4 stocks pushing the industry lower today:

4. POSCO ( PKX) is one of the companies pushing the Metals & Mining industry lower today. As of noon trading, POSCO is down $0.91 (-1.2%) to $75.51 on average volume. Thus far, 106,540 shares of POSCO exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 197,800 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $75.16-$76.24 after having opened the day at $76.17 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $76.42.

POSCO, together with its subsidiaries, primarily manufactures and sells integrated steel products in South Korea. It operates through four segments: Steel, Trading, Construction, and Others. POSCO has a market cap of $23.6 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 7.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are no analysts that rate POSCO a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates POSCO as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, poor profit margins and disappointing return on equity. Get the full POSCO Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Anglogold Ashanti ( AU) is down $0.30 (-2.3%) to $12.54 on average volume. Thus far, 2.0 million shares of Anglogold Ashanti exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $12.44-$12.85 after having opened the day at $12.72 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $12.84.

AngloGold Ashanti Limited engages in the exploration, production, and marketing of gold. It also produces by-products, such as silver, uranium, and sulfuric acid. Anglogold Ashanti has a market cap of $5.0 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 58.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Anglogold Ashanti a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Anglogold Ashanti as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its feeble growth in its earnings per share, deteriorating net income, generally high debt management risk, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow. Get the full Anglogold Ashanti Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Southern Copper Corporation ( SCCO) is down $0.27 (-0.9%) to $28.50 on light volume. Thus far, 593,722 shares of Southern Copper Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $28.14-$28.63 after having opened the day at $28.60 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $28.77.

Southern Copper Corporation engages in mining, exploring, producing, smelting, and refining copper and other minerals in Peru, Mexico, and Chile. Southern Copper Corporation has a market cap of $24.0 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 24.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Southern Copper Corporation a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Southern Copper Corporation as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and weak operating cash flow. Get the full Southern Copper Corporation Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Consol Energy ( CNX) is down $0.54 (-1.6%) to $34.22 on average volume. Thus far, 1.2 million shares of Consol Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $34.09-$34.79 after having opened the day at $34.74 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $34.76.

CONSOL Energy Inc. produces coal and natural gas for energy and raw material markets in the United States, Canada, and western Europe. It operates in Coal and Gas divisions. Consol Energy has a market cap of $8.0 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 8.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 17 analysts that rate Consol Energy a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Consol Energy as a hold. Among the primary strengths of the company is its solid stock performance, considering both the consistency and magnitude of the price movement over time. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity. Get the full Consol Energy Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 5 stocks, 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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