3 Metals & Mining Stocks On The Rise

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 137 points (0.8%) at 16,460 as of Monday, March 31, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,329 issues advancing vs. 681 declining with 134 unchanged.

The Metals & Mining industry currently sits down 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.9%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

3. ArcelorMittal ( MT) is one of the companies pushing the Metals & Mining industry higher today. As of noon trading, ArcelorMittal is up $0.30 (1.9%) to $16.12 on average volume. Thus far, 2.8 million shares of ArcelorMittal exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $16.06-$16.28 after having opened the day at $16.16 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $15.82.

ArcelorMittal, Societe Anonyme, together with its subsidiaries, operates as an integrated steel and mining company worldwide. The company operates in six segments: Flat Carbon Americas; Flat Carbon Europe; Long Carbon Americas and Europe; AACIS; Distribution Solutions; and Mining. ArcelorMittal has a market cap of $26.2 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 11.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 4 analysts who rate ArcelorMittal a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates ArcelorMittal as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and revenue growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow. Get the full ArcelorMittal Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Vale ( VALE) is up $0.23 (1.7%) to $13.91 on average volume. Thus far, 13.3 million shares of Vale exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 21.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $13.83-$14.10 after having opened the day at $13.84 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $13.68.

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 $70.3 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 10.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 6 analysts who 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. Get the full Vale Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Alcoa ( AA) is up $0.45 (3.6%) to $12.93 on average volume. Thus far, 18.7 million shares of Alcoa exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 28.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $12.51-$12.97 after having opened the day at $12.52 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $12.48.

Alcoa Inc. produces and manages 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 $13.6 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 17.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 4 analysts who 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. Get the full Alcoa Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 3 stocks, 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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