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

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Consol Energy ( CNX) 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, Consol Energy rose $0.89 (2.6%) to $35.42 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 3,358,088 shares of Consol Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,051,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $34.44-$35.52 after having opened the day at $34.59 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $34.53. Other companies within the Metals & Mining industry that increased today were: Entree Gold ( EGI), up 19.5%, Kimber Resources ( KBX), up 15.8%, Kimber Resources ( KBXR), up 15.8% and Golden Star Resources ( GSS), up 15.3%.

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 $7.8 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 6.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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 negative front, China Gengsheng Minerals ( CHGS), down 16.7%, Timberline Resources Corporation ( TLR), down 6.7%, Turquoise Hill Resources ( TRQ), down 6.3% and Ivanhoe Mines ( IVN), down 6.3% , were all laggards within the metals & mining industry with Goldcorp ( GG) being today's metals & mining industry laggard.

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