Vale SA (VALE): Today's Featured Metals & Mining Winner

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Vale ( VALE) pushed the Metals & Mining industry higher today making it today's featured metals & mining winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.2%. By the end of trading, Vale rose $0.23 (1.7%) to $14.10 on light volume. Throughout the day, 13,982,083 shares of Vale exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 22,910,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $13.80-$14.24 after having opened the day at $13.89 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $13.87. Other companies within the Metals & Mining industry that increased today were: Insteel Industries ( IIIN), up 16.9%, Mechel OAO ( MTL), up 9.3%, Northern Dynasty Minerals ( NAK), up 9.0% and Midway Gold ( MDW), up 6.5%.

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 that 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.

On the negative front, China Gerui Advanced Materials Group ( CHOP), down 16.7%, MAG Silver Corporation ( MVG), down 7.5%, United States Antimony Corporation ( UAMY), down 6.1% and Solitario Exploration & Royalty ( XPL), down 5.7% , were all laggards within the metals & mining industry with Barrick Gold Corporation ( ABX) being today's metals & mining industry laggard.

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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