Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. (CLF): Today's Featured Metals & Mining Laggard

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Cliffs Natural Resources ( CLF) pushed the Metals & Mining industry lower today making it today's featured Metals & Mining laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.6%. By the end of trading, Cliffs Natural Resources fell $0.50 (-2.4%) to $20.50 on average volume. Throughout the day, 6,789,567 shares of Cliffs Natural Resources exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7,962,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $19.99-$20.95 after having opened the day at $20.09 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $21.00. Other companies within the Metals & Mining industry that declined today were: 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%.

Cliffs Natural Resources Inc., a mining and natural resources company, engages in the production of iron ore pellets, fines and lump ore, and metallurgical coal. Cliffs Natural Resources has a market cap of $3.3 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 43.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Cliffs Natural Resources a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Cliffs Natural Resources as a hold. Among the primary strengths of the company is its generally strong cash flow from operations. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

On the positive front, 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% , were all gainers within the metals & mining industry with Kinross Gold Corporation ( KGC) being today's featured metals & mining industry leader.

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