Barrick Gold Corporation (ABX): Today's Featured Metals & Mining Laggard

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Barrick Gold Corporation ( ABX) pushed the Metals & Mining industry lower today making it today's featured Metals & Mining laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.7%. By the end of trading, Barrick Gold Corporation fell $0.47 (-2.6%) to $17.83 on light volume. Throughout the day, 10,090,920 shares of Barrick Gold Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 13,504,800 shares. The stock ranged in price between $17.75-$18.28 after having opened the day at $18.18 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $18.30. Other companies within the Metals & Mining industry that declined today were: International Tower Hill Mines ( THM), down 9.6%, Prospect Global Resources ( PGRX), down 7.3%, Allied Nevada Gold ( ANV), down 7.1% and Exeter Resource Corporation ( XRA), down 6.9%.

Barrick Gold Corporation engages in the production and sale of gold and copper. It is also involved in exploration and mine development activities. Barrick Gold Corporation has a market cap of $21.1 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 3.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Barrick Gold Corporation a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 15 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Barrick Gold Corporation as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

On the positive front, China Precision Steel ( CPSL), up 6.8%, Uranerz Energy Corporation ( URZ), up 6.8%, Northwest Pipe Company ( NWPX), up 6.7% and AK Steel Holding Corporation ( AKS), up 4.6% , were all gainers within the metals & mining industry with ArcelorMittal ( MT) being today's featured metals & mining industry leader.

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