Consol Energy Inc (CNX): Today's Featured Metals & Mining Laggard

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Consol Energy ( CNX) 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, Consol Energy fell $0.57 (-1.7%) to $33.57 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,349,896 shares of Consol Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,044,000 shares. The stock ranged in price between $33.49-$34.47 after having opened the day at $34.30 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $34.14. Other companies within the Metals & Mining industry that declined today were: L & L Energy ( LLEN), down 20.0%, Rare Element Resources ( REE), down 16.0%, Vista Gold Corporation ( VGZ), down 13.0% and Tasman Metals ( TAS), down 11.5%.

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 8.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 17 analysts that rate Consol Energy a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 1 rates 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.

On the positive front, Cardero Resources Corporation ( CDY), up 10.7%, Lake Shore Gold ( LSG), up 8.0%, Sibanye Gold Ltd ADR ( SBGL), up 7.8% and Ossen Innovation ( OSN), up 7.7% , were all gainers within the metals & mining industry with Anglogold Ashanti ( AU) being today's featured metals & mining industry leader.

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