Alcoa Inc (AA): Today's Featured Metals & Mining Laggard

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Alcoa ( AA) 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, Alcoa fell $0.15 (-1.8%) to $8.02 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 37,945,497 shares of Alcoa exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 19,586,100 shares. The stock ranged in price between $7.89-$8.07 after having opened the day at $7.93 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $8.17. Other companies within the Metals & Mining industry that declined today were: Vista Gold Corporation ( VGZ), down 6.6%, Cardero Resources Corporation ( CDY), down 6.2%, Rare Element Resources ( REE), down 4.8% and Gold Resource ( GORO), down 4.4%.

Alcoa Inc. engages in the production and management of primary aluminum, fabricated aluminum, and alumina. The company operates in four segments: Alumina, Primary Metals, Global Rolled Products, and Engineered Products and Solutions. Alcoa has a market cap of $8.9 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 4.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Alcoa a buy, 4 analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Alcoa as a hold. Among the primary strengths of the company is its respectable return on equity which we feel is likely to continue. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front, Kimber Resources ( KBX), up 14.5%, Kimber Resources ( KBXR), up 14.5%, Molycorp ( MCP), up 10.5% and United States Antimony Corporation ( UAMY), up 8.0% , were all gainers within the metals & mining industry with Vale ( VALE) being today's featured metals & mining industry leader.

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