AK Steel Holding Corporation (AKS): Today's Featured Metals & Mining Winner

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AK Steel Holding Corporation ( AKS) pushed the Metals & Mining industry higher today making it today's featured metals & mining winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.8%. By the end of trading, AK Steel Holding Corporation rose $0.15 (2.9%) to $5.39 on average volume. Throughout the day, 6,980,051 shares of AK Steel Holding Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6,152,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $5.20-$5.44 after having opened the day at $5.22 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $5.24. Other companies within the Metals & Mining industry that increased today were: Polymet Mining ( PLM), up 17.1%, Timberline Resources Corporation ( TLR), up 9.4%, Minco Gold Corporation ( MGH), up 6.2% and Insteel Industries ( IIIN), up 6.0%.

AK Steel Holding Corporation produces flat-rolled carbon, stainless and electrical steel, and tubular products in the United States and internationally. AK Steel Holding Corporation has a market cap of $707.6 million and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 12.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates AK Steel Holding Corporation a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates AK Steel Holding Corporation as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its weak operating cash flow and poor profit margins.

On the negative front, Golden Star Resources ( GSS), down 8.5%, Ossen Innovation ( OSN), down 7.9%, Alderon Iron Ore ( AXX), down 7.6% and Prospect Global Resources ( PGRX), down 7.0% , were all laggards within the metals & mining industry with Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold ( FCX) 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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