Alcoa Inc (AA): Today's Featured Metals & Mining Laggard

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Alcoa ( AA) pushed the Metals & Mining industry lower today making it today's featured Metals & Mining laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.8%. By the end of trading, Alcoa fell $0.16 (-1.3%) to $12.47 on average volume. Throughout the day, 30,282,397 shares of Alcoa exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 29,204,100 shares. The stock ranged in price between $12.36-$12.80 after having opened the day at $12.64 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $12.63. Other companies within the Metals & Mining industry that declined today were: North American Palladium ( PAL), down 15.8%, China Gengsheng Minerals ( CHGS), down 13.8%, Kingold Jewelry ( KGJI), down 13.5% and General Moly ( GMO), down 9.1%.

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 $13.7 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 18.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Alcoa a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 7 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.

On the positive front, Golden Star Resources ( GSS), up 7.8%, Vale ( VALE), up 3.5%, Sibanye Gold ( SBGL), up 2.6% and Polymet Mining ( PLM), up 2.2% , were all gainers within the metals & mining industry with Newmont Mining Corporation ( NEM) being today's featured metals & mining industry leader.

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