Consol Energy Inc (CNX): Today's Featured Metals & Mining Laggard

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Consol Energy ( CNX) pushed the Metals & Mining industry lower today making it today's featured Metals & Mining laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 2.0%. By the end of trading, Consol Energy fell $0.61 (-1.6%) to $36.50 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,898,835 shares of Consol Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,201,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $36.20-$37.38 after having opened the day at $37.21 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $37.11. Other companies within the Metals & Mining industry that declined today were: Uranium Resources ( URRE), down 16.0%, USEC ( USU), down 5.2%, China Natural Resources ( CHNR), down 4.7% and Avino Silver & Gold Mines ( ASM), down 4.5%.

CONSOL Energy Inc. produces coal and natural gas for energy and raw material markets in the United States, Canada, and Western Europe. It operates in Coal and Gas divisions. Consol Energy has a market cap of $8.4 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 2.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 17 analysts that rate Consol Energy a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Consol Energy as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity.

On the positive front, Augusta Resource Corporation ( AZC), up 16.9%, Tanzanian Royalty Exploration Corporation ( TRX), up 10.7%, Uranerz Energy Corporation ( URZ), up 10.4% and Silver Standard Resources ( SSRI), up 10.0% , were all gainers within the metals & mining industry with Southern Copper Corporation ( SCCO) being today's featured metals & mining industry leader.

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