Vale SA (VALE): Today's Featured Metals & Mining Winner

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Vale ( VALE) 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, Vale rose $0.21 (1.7%) to $12.74 on average volume. Throughout the day, 16,308,957 shares of Vale exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 20,563,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $12.42-$12.81 after having opened the day at $12.51 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $12.53. Other companies within the Metals & Mining industry that increased today were: USEC ( USU), up 17.2%, General Moly ( GMO), up 10.0%, China Precision Steel ( CPSL), up 9.1% and Quest Rare Minerals ( QRM), up 7.4%.

Vale S.A. is engaged in the research, production, and sale of iron ore and pellets, nickel, fertilizer, copper, coal, manganese, ferroalloys, cobalt, platinum group metals, and precious metals. Vale has a market cap of $64.4 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 17.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Vale a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Vale as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. 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, James River Coal Company ( JRCC), down 13.2%, Tasman Metals ( TAS), down 8.2%, Timberline Resources Corporation ( TLR), down 8.0% and Entree Gold ( EGI), down 7.0% , were all laggards within the metals & mining industry with Barrick Gold Corporation ( ABX) being today's metals & mining industry laggard.

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