United States Steel Corporation (X): Today's Featured Metals & Mining Winner

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United States Steel Corporation ( X) pushed the Metals & Mining industry higher today making it today's featured metals & mining winner. The industry as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, United States Steel Corporation rose $1.25 (4.5%) to $29.18 on average volume. Throughout the day, 7,577,871 shares of United States Steel Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7,259,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $28.37-$29.24 after having opened the day at $28.38 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $27.93. Other companies within the Metals & Mining industry that increased today were: Thompson Creek Metals Company ( TC), up 17.8%, Uranium Resources ( URRE), up 9.2%, Augusta Resource Corporation ( AZC), up 8.6% and USEC ( USU), up 8.2%.

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 $4.1 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 5.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 4 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.

On the negative front, China Natural Resources ( CHNR), down 15.7%, North American Palladium ( PAL), down 11.6%, Tonix Pharmaceuticals ( TNXP), down 10.8% and Timberline Resources Corporation ( TLR), down 9.2% , were all laggards within the metals & mining industry with Barrick Gold Corporation ( ABX) being today's metals & mining industry laggard.

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