Royal Gold Inc. (RGLD): Today's Featured Metals & Mining Winner

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Royal Gold ( RGLD) pushed the Metals & Mining industry higher today making it today's featured metals & mining winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.3%. By the end of trading, Royal Gold rose $0.89 (1.3%) to $68.00 on average volume. Throughout the day, 992,651 shares of Royal Gold exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 941,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $67.55-$69.48 after having opened the day at $68.02 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $67.11. Other companies within the Metals & Mining industry that increased today were: James River Coal Company ( JRCC), up 9.5%, Solitario Exploration & Royalty ( XPL), up 9.3%, China Natural Resources ( CHNR), up 7.4% and International Tower Hill Mines ( THM), up 6.6%.

Royal Gold, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the acquisition and management of precious metals royalties, precious metals streams, and similar interests. Royal Gold has a market cap of $4.4 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 47.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Royal Gold a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Royal Gold as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share.

On the negative front, Avino Silver & Gold Mines ( ASM), down 8.8%, Timberline Resources Corporation ( TLR), down 5.2%, Atlatsa Resources ( ATL), down 3.9% and Entree Gold ( EGI), down 3.9% , were all laggards within the metals & mining industry with ArcelorMittal ( MT) 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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