5 Stocks Advancing The Metals & Mining Industry

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 3 points (0.0%) at 16,165 as of Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,090 issues advancing vs. 1,843 declining with 148 unchanged.

The Metals & Mining industry currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.2%. Top gainers within the industry include Worthington Industries ( WOR), up 9.9%, Teck Resources ( TCK), up 2.0%, Companhia Siderurgica Nacional ( SID), up 1.9%, Gerdau ( GGB), up 1.1% and Tenaris ( TS), up 0.9%. A company within the industry that fell today was Gold Fields ( GFI), up 7.5%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 5 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

5. ArcelorMittal ( MT) is one of the companies pushing the Metals & Mining industry higher today. As of noon trading, ArcelorMittal is up $0.12 (0.7%) to $16.66 on heavy volume. Thus far, 4.0 million shares of ArcelorMittal exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $16.44-$16.70 after having opened the day at $16.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $16.54.

ArcelorMittal, together with its subsidiaries, operates as an integrated steel and mining company worldwide. The company operates through six segments: Flat Carbon Americas; Flat Carbon Europe; Long Carbon Americas and Europe; Asia, Africa, and CIS; Distribution Solutions; and Mining. ArcelorMittal has a market cap of $25.3 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 5.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate ArcelorMittal a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates ArcelorMittal as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its disappointing return on equity, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and generally high debt management risk. Get the full ArcelorMittal Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Nucor ( NUE) is up $1.00 (1.9%) to $52.64 on light volume. Thus far, 596,588 shares of Nucor exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $51.50-$52.67 after having opened the day at $51.61 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $51.64.

Nucor Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the manufacture and sale of steel and steel products in North America and internationally. It operates through three segments: Steel Mills, Steel Products, and Raw Materials. Nucor has a market cap of $16.4 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 36.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 19.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Nucor a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Nucor as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Nucor Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Consol Energy ( CNX) is up $0.67 (1.8%) to $38.23 on light volume. Thus far, 583,453 shares of Consol Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $37.35-$38.35 after having opened the day at $37.48 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $37.56.

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 $8.6 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 117.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 17.0% 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 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Consol Energy as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and increase in stock price during the past year. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity. Get the full Consol Energy Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Cliffs Natural Resources ( CLF) is up $0.78 (3.2%) to $24.78 on average volume. Thus far, 3.1 million shares of Cliffs Natural Resources exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $23.95-$25.06 after having opened the day at $24.08 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $24.00.

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 $3.7 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 37.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Cliffs Natural Resources a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Cliffs Natural Resources as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, revenue growth and growth in earnings per share. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full Cliffs Natural Resources Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, United States Steel Corporation ( X) is up $1.23 (4.5%) to $28.45 on heavy volume. Thus far, 6.1 million shares of United States Steel Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $27.64-$28.75 after having opened the day at $27.65 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $27.22.

United States Steel Corporation produces and sells steel mill products in North America and Europe. The company operates in three segments: Flat-Rolled Products (Flat-Rolled), U. S. Steel Europe (USSE), and Tubular Products (Tubular). United States Steel Corporation has a market cap of $3.9 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 14.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate United States Steel Corporation a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates United States Steel Corporation as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its feeble growth in its earnings per share, deteriorating net income, generally high debt management risk, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow. Get the full United States Steel Corporation Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 5 stocks, 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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