Companhia Siderurgica Nacional (SID): Today's Featured Metals & Mining Laggard

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Companhia Siderurgica Nacional ( SID) pushed the Metals & Mining industry lower today making it today's featured Metals & Mining laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.2%. By the end of trading, Companhia Siderurgica Nacional fell $0.06 (-1.3%) to $4.42 on average volume. Throughout the day, 4,528,878 shares of Companhia Siderurgica Nacional exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5,945,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $4.40-$4.62 after having opened the day at $4.56 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $4.48. Other companies within the Metals & Mining industry that declined today were: James River Coal Company ( JRCC), down 63.1%, Uranium Energy Corporation ( UEC), down 16.3%, Kingold Jewelry ( KGJI), down 13.3% and USEC ( USU), down 5.8%.

Companhia Siderurgica Nacional operates as an integrated steel producer primarily in Brazil. The company principally produces carbon steel and various steel products for automotive, home appliance, packaging, construction, and steel processing industries. Companhia Siderurgica Nacional has a market cap of $6.5 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 27.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are no analysts that rate Companhia Siderurgica Nacional a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Companhia Siderurgica Nacional as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, weak operating cash flow and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

On the positive front, Seabridge Gold ( SA), up 12.4%, Minco Gold Corporation ( MGH), up 11.4%, Midway Gold ( MDW), up 11.3% and Almaden Minerals ( AAU), up 7.9% , were all gainers within the metals & mining industry with ArcelorMittal ( MT) being today's featured metals & mining industry leader.

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