Today's Top Performers In Metals & Mining

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 57 points (-0.3%) at 16,357 as of Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,698 issues advancing vs. 1,213 declining with 185 unchanged.

The Metals & Mining industry currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Companhia Siderurgica Nacional ( SID), down 2.4%, and Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold ( FCX), down 1.2%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 4 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

4. Gerdau ( GGB) is one of the companies pushing the Metals & Mining industry higher today. As of noon trading, Gerdau is up $0.07 (1.0%) to $7.17 on light volume. Thus far, 1.3 million shares of Gerdau exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $7.16-$7.24 after having opened the day at $7.23 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $7.10.

Gerdau S.A. engages in the production and commercialization of steel products worldwide. Gerdau has a market cap of $12.6 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 6.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 9.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Gerdau a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

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

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