Why Stillwater Mining (SWC) Stock Hit a 52-Week High Today

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Stillwater Mining (SWC) was gaining 2.8% to $18.46 Wednesday, reaching a 52-week high of $18.70, following a research note from BB&T.

In a research note BB&T analyst Garrett Nelson called Stillwater Mining an attractive takeover target. Nelson cited a favorable cash position, geopolitical footprint, and an improving cost curve. The analyst noted that Stillwater Mining management is confident it will reach its cost-cutting goal of $100 an ounce in the next 18 months.

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TheStreet Ratings team rates STILLWATER MINING CO as a Hold with a ratings score of C. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate STILLWATER MINING CO (SWC) a HOLD. The primary factors that have impacted our rating are mixed -- some indicating strength, some showing weaknesses, with little evidence to justify the expectation of either a positive or negative performance for this stock relative to most other stocks. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and growth in earnings per share. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow."

Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:

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