Yamana Gold Inc (AUY): Today's Featured Metals & Mining Winner

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Yamana Gold ( AUY) pushed the Metals & Mining industry higher today making it today's featured metals & mining winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.3%. By the end of trading, Yamana Gold rose $0.10 (1.2%) to $9.02 on average volume. Throughout the day, 7,118,519 shares of Yamana Gold exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6,592,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $8.76-$9.04 after having opened the day at $8.81 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $8.92. Other companies within the Metals & Mining industry that increased today were: Uranium Resources ( URRE), up 10.7%, Atlatsa Resources ( ATL), up 9.2%, Prospect Global Resources ( PGRX), up 8.4% and Golden Minerals ( AUMN), up 7.7%.

Yamana Gold Inc. engages in the exploration, development, and production of mineral properties, primarily gold. It also explores for copper, molybdenum, zinc, and silver metals. Yamana Gold has a market cap of $6.7 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 3.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Yamana Gold a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Yamana Gold as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, feeble growth in the company's earnings per share and deteriorating net income.

On the negative front, Great Northern Iron Ore ( GNI), down 24.9%, USEC ( USU), down 9.6%, Entree Gold ( EGI), down 7.7% and Alpha Natural Resources ( ANR), down 6.3% , were all laggards within the metals & mining industry with Peabody Energy Corporation ( BTU) 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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