Alcoa Inc (AA): Today's Featured Metals & Mining Winner

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Alcoa ( AA) pushed the Metals & Mining industry higher today making it today's featured metals & mining winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 2.5%. By the end of trading, Alcoa rose $0.36 (3.2%) to $11.76 on average volume. Throughout the day, 32,979,261 shares of Alcoa exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 27,456,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $11.34-$12.00 after having opened the day at $11.38 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $11.40. Other companies within the Metals & Mining industry that increased today were: Avino Silver & Gold Mines ( ASM), up 5.3%, China Gengsheng Minerals ( CHGS), up 4.8%, China Precision Steel ( CPSL), up 4.0% and Arch Coal ( ACI), up 3.3%.

Alcoa Inc. engages in the production and management of primary aluminum, fabricated aluminum, and alumina. The company operates in four segments: Alumina, Primary Metals, Global Rolled Products, and Engineered Products and Solutions. Alcoa has a market cap of $12.3 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 7.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Alcoa a buy, 4 analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Alcoa as a hold. Among the primary strengths of the company is its solid stock price performance. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

On the negative front, Great Panther Silver ( GPL), down 12.9%, USEC ( USU), down 10.9%, Mines Management ( MGN), down 9.9% and Golden Star Resources ( GSS), down 9.8% , were all laggards within the metals & mining industry with Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold ( FCX) being today's metals & mining industry laggard.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the metals & mining industry could consider SPDR S&P Metals & Mining ETF ( XME) while those bearish on the metals & mining industry could consider PowerShares DB Base Metals Sht ETN ( BOS).

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