Randgold Resources Ltd (GOLD): Today's Featured Metals & Mining Winner

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Randgold Resources ( GOLD) pushed the Metals & Mining industry higher today making it today's featured metals & mining winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 2.3%. By the end of trading, Randgold Resources rose $0.70 (1.0%) to $70.11 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,187,768 shares of Randgold Resources exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 857,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $68.94-$71.50 after having opened the day at $71.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $69.41. Other companies within the Metals & Mining industry that increased today were: Minco Gold Corporation ( MGH), up 20.0%, Prospect Global Resources ( PGRX), up 11.0%, International Tower Hill Mines ( THM), up 3.2% and AuRico Gold ( AUQ), up 2.8%.

Randgold Resources Limited engages in the exploration and development of gold deposits in Sub-Saharan Africa. Randgold Resources has a market cap of $6.2 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 10.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Randgold Resources a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Randgold Resources as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity.

On the negative front, Oxford Resource Partners ( OXF), down 11.2%, China Gerui Advanced Materials Group ( CHOP), down 10.7%, Quest Rare Minerals ( QRM), down 9.4% and China Gengsheng Minerals ( CHGS), down 9.3% , were all laggards within the metals & mining industry with ArcelorMittal ( MT) being today's metals & mining industry laggard.

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