3 Stocks Driving The Metals & Mining Industry Higher

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One out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 10 points (-0.1%) at 16,415 as of Thursday, April 17, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,581 issues advancing vs. 1,369 declining with 186 unchanged.

The Metals & Mining industry currently sits up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged.

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

3. Gerdau ( GGB) is one of the companies pushing the Metals & Mining industry higher today. As of noon trading, Gerdau is up $0.18 (3.0%) to $6.09 on average volume. Thus far, 3.0 million shares of Gerdau exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $5.90-$6.12 after having opened the day at $5.92 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $5.91.

Gerdau S.A. produces and commercializes steel products worldwide. Gerdau has a market cap of $10.2 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 24.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 3 analysts who rate Gerdau a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Gerdau as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels, growth in earnings per share and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including weak operating cash flow, poor profit margins and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full Gerdau Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Agnico Eagle Mines ( AEM) is up $0.70 (2.5%) to $28.58 on heavy volume. Thus far, 2.8 million shares of Agnico Eagle Mines exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $27.98-$29.12 after having opened the day at $28.26 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $27.88.

Agnico Eagle Mines Limited is engaged in the exploration, development, and production of mineral properties in Canada, Finland, and Mexico. It primarily explores for gold, as well as for silver, copper, zinc, and lead. Agnico Eagle Mines has a market cap of $5.3 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 5.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 6 analysts who rate Agnico Eagle Mines a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Agnico Eagle Mines as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its feeble growth in its earnings per share, deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself. Get the full Agnico Eagle Mines Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Vale ( VALE) is up $0.08 (0.6%) to $13.96 on light volume. Thus far, 6.9 million shares of Vale exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 22.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $13.80-$14.07 after having opened the day at $13.89 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $13.87.

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 $74.6 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 9.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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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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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