Companhia Siderurgica Nacional (SID): Today's Featured Metals & Mining Winner

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Companhia Siderurgica Nacional ( SID) pushed the Metals & Mining industry higher today making it today's featured metals & mining winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.5%. By the end of trading, Companhia Siderurgica Nacional rose $0.14 (2.4%) to $6.07 on light volume. Throughout the day, 4,438,849 shares of Companhia Siderurgica Nacional exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6,632,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $5.93-$6.12 after having opened the day at $6.04 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $5.93. Other companies within the Metals & Mining industry that increased today were: China Natural Resources ( CHNR), up 116.0%, Sinocoking Coal and Coke Chemicals ( SCOK), up 17.8%, Quaterra Resources ( QMM), up 17.7% and Tonix Pharmaceuticals ( TNXP), up 11.7%.

Companhia Siderurgica Nacional operates as an integrated steel producer primarily in Brazil. The company principally produces carbon steel and various steel products for automotive, home appliance, packaging, construction, and steel processing industries. Companhia Siderurgica Nacional has a market cap of $9.0 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 4.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are no analysts that rate Companhia Siderurgica Nacional a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Companhia Siderurgica Nacional as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including weak operating cash flow, a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and generally higher debt management risk.

On the negative front, Golden Minerals ( AUMN), down 9.7%, USEC ( USU), down 7.3%, China Gengsheng Minerals ( CHGS), down 6.0% and Quest Rare Minerals ( QRM), down 5.8% , were all laggards within the metals & mining industry with Goldcorp ( GG) being today's metals & mining industry laggard.

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