Molycorp Inc. (MCP): Today's Featured Metals & Mining Laggard

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Molycorp ( MCP) pushed the Metals & Mining industry lower today making it today's featured Metals & Mining laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.4%. By the end of trading, Molycorp fell $0.09 (-1.8%) to $4.81 on light volume. Throughout the day, 4,087,804 shares of Molycorp exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7,217,400 shares. The stock ranged in price between $4.81-$4.92 after having opened the day at $4.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $4.90. Other companies within the Metals & Mining industry that declined today were: Northern Dynasty Minerals ( NAK), down 17.8%, Kingold Jewelry ( KGJI), down 8.9%, Rubicon Minerals ( RBY), down 8.3% and Exeter Resource Corporation ( XRA), down 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 48.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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 positive front, North American Palladium ( PAL), up 15.8%, Avalon Rare Metals ( AVL), up 8.5%, Horsehead Holding Corporation ( ZINC), up 7.8% and PVR Partners ( PVR), up 6.9% , were all gainers within the metals & mining industry with Vale ( VALE) being today's featured metals & mining industry leader.

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