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Molycorp ( MCP) pushed the Metals & Mining industry higher today making it today's featured metals & mining winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.4%. By the end of trading, Molycorp rose $0.08 (1.7%) to $4.69 on light volume. Throughout the day, 4,739,546 shares of Molycorp exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7,383,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $4.55-$4.72 after having opened the day at $4.64 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $4.61. Other companies within the Metals & Mining industry that increased today were: Augusta Resource Corporation ( AZC), up 90.5%, Silver Bull Resources ( SVBL), up 9.1%, Yanzhou Coal Mining Company Limited ADR rep ( YZC), up 9.1% and USEC ( USU), up 6.6%.

Molycorp, Inc. produces and sells rare earth and rare metal materials in the United States and internationally. Molycorp has a market cap of $1.1 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 51.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Molycorp a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Molycorp as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow, generally high debt management risk and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front, Quest Rare Minerals ( QRM), down 9.6%, Oxford Resource Partners ( OXF), down 9.6%, Richmont Mines ( RIC), down 8.9% and Quaterra Resources ( QMM), down 6.1% , were all laggards within the metals & mining industry with Cliffs Natural Resources ( CLF) being today's metals & mining industry laggard.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the metals & mining industry could consider SPDR S&P Metals & Mining ETF ( XME) while those bearish on the metals & mining industry could consider PowerShares DB Base Metals Sht ETN ( BOS).

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