ArcelorMittal SA (MT): Today's Featured Metals & Mining Laggard

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ArcelorMittal ( MT) pushed the Metals & Mining industry lower today making it today's featured Metals & Mining laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.3%. By the end of trading, ArcelorMittal fell $0.25 (-1.5%) to $16.17 on light volume. Throughout the day, 2,615,290 shares of ArcelorMittal exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5,479,600 shares. The stock ranged in price between $16.17-$16.35 after having opened the day at $16.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $16.42. Other companies within the Metals & Mining industry that declined today were: 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%.

ArcelorMittal, together with its subsidiaries, operates as an integrated steel and mining company worldwide. The company operates through six segments: Flat Carbon Americas; Flat Carbon Europe; Long Carbon Americas and Europe; Asia, Africa, and CIS; Distribution Solutions; and Mining. ArcelorMittal has a market cap of $25.7 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 7.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate ArcelorMittal a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates ArcelorMittal as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its disappointing return on equity and generally high debt management risk.

On the positive front, 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% , were all gainers within the metals & mining industry with Royal Gold ( RGLD) being today's featured metals & mining industry leader.

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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