Kinross Gold Corporation (KGC): Today's Featured Metals & Mining Winner

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Kinross Gold Corporation ( KGC) pushed the Metals & Mining industry higher today making it today's featured metals & mining winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.6%. By the end of trading, Kinross Gold Corporation rose $0.06 (1.2%) to $5.05 on average volume. Throughout the day, 9,420,872 shares of Kinross Gold Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 11,854,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $4.91-$5.06 after having opened the day at $4.93 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $4.99. Other companies within the Metals & Mining industry that increased today were: Kimber Resources ( KBX), up 15.4%, Kimber Resources ( KBXR), up 15.4%, Ur-Energy ( URG), up 10.5% and China Gengsheng Minerals ( CHGS), up 5.6%.

Kinross Gold Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, engages in mining and processing gold and silver ores. It is involved in the exploration, acquisition, development, and operation of gold bearing properties. Kinross Gold Corporation has a market cap of $5.7 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 48.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Kinross Gold Corporation a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Kinross Gold Corporation 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, disappointing return on equity and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front, International Tower Hill Mines ( THM), down 8.6%, Rubicon Minerals ( RBY), down 6.7%, Horsehead Holding Corporation ( ZINC), down 5.4% and McEwen Mining ( MUX), down 5.1% , were all laggards within the metals & mining industry with Cliffs Natural Resources ( CLF) being today's metals & mining industry laggard.

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