Anglogold Ashanti Ltd (AU): Today's Featured Basic Materials Winner

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Anglogold Ashanti ( AU) pushed the Basic Materials sector higher today making it today's featured basic materials winner. The sector as a whole closed the day down 1.9%. By the end of trading, Anglogold Ashanti rose $0.19 (1.4%) to $14.10 on average volume. Throughout the day, 4,502,629 shares of Anglogold Ashanti exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,034,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $13.54-$14.42 after having opened the day at $14.32 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $13.91. Other companies within the Basic Materials sector that increased today were: Minco Gold Corporation ( MGH), up 20.0%, Ikonics Corporation ( IKNX), up 12.3%, Prospect Global Resources ( PGRX), up 11.0% and Houston American Energy Corporation ( HUSA), up 11.0%.

AngloGold Ashanti Limited engages in the exploration, production, and marketing of gold. It also produces by-products, such as silver, uranium, and sulfuric acid. Anglogold Ashanti has a market cap of $5.3 billion and is part of the metals & mining industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 8.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 18.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Anglogold Ashanti a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Anglogold Ashanti 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 generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front, Pacific Ethanol ( PEIX), down 11.8%, Oxford Resource Partners ( OXF), down 11.2%, China Gerui Advanced Materials Group ( CHOP), down 10.7% and Gulf Resources ( GURE), down 10.3% , were all laggards within the basic materials sector with Schlumberger ( SLB) being today's basic materials sector laggard.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the basic materials sector could consider Materials Select Sector SPDR ( XLB) while those bearish on the basic materials sector could consider ProShares Short Basic Materials Fd ( SBM).

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