Silver Wheaton Corporation (SLW): Today's Featured Metals & Mining Laggard

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Silver Wheaton Corporation ( SLW) pushed the Metals & Mining industry lower today making it today's featured Metals & Mining laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.9%. By the end of trading, Silver Wheaton Corporation fell $0.24 (-1.0%) to $22.87 on light volume. Throughout the day, 3,201,261 shares of Silver Wheaton Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,649,200 shares. The stock ranged in price between $22.67-$23.03 after having opened the day at $23.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $23.11. Other companies within the Metals & Mining industry that declined today were: Solitario Exploration & Royalty ( XPL), down 8.0%, Midway Gold ( MDW), down 7.5%, Richmont Mines ( RIC), down 7.5% and Mines Management ( MGN), down 7.2%.

Silver Wheaton Corp., together with its subsidiaries, operates as silver and gold streaming company worldwide. The company has 20 long-term purchase agreements associated with silver and gold relating to 23 mining assets. Silver Wheaton Corporation has a market cap of $8.2 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 14.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate Silver Wheaton Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Silver Wheaton Corporation as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front, Schnitzer Steel Industries ( SCHN), up 4.0%, Exeter Resource Corporation ( XRA), up 3.9%, Walter Energy ( WLT), up 3.7% and Golden Star Resources ( GSS), up 3.2% , were all gainers within the metals & mining industry with United States Steel Corporation ( X) 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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