Today's Stocks Driving Success For The Metals & Mining Industry

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 14 points (0.1%) at 17,085 as of Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,160 issues advancing vs. 1,849 declining with 136 unchanged.

The Metals & Mining industry currently sits up 6.4% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.2%.

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

3. POSCO ( PKX) is one of the companies pushing the Metals & Mining industry higher today. As of noon trading, POSCO is up $0.85 (1.1%) to $75.87 on heavy volume. Thus far, 199,143 shares of POSCO exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 225,200 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $75.86-$77.13 after having opened the day at $76.92 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $75.02.

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POSCO, together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells steel rolled products and plates. It operates through four segments: Steel, Trading, Construction, and Others. POSCO has a market cap of $27.3 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 3.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates POSCO a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates POSCO as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, attractive valuation levels, increase in stock price during the past year, growth in earnings per share and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full POSCO Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Century Aluminum ( CENX) is up $2.22 (9.3%) to $26.08 on heavy volume. Thus far, 1.2 million shares of Century Aluminum exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $24.76-$26.49 after having opened the day at $24.85 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $23.86.

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Century Aluminum Company, together with its subsidiaries, produces and sells primary aluminum in the United States and Iceland. It provides standard grade and value-added primary aluminum products; and carbon products, such as anodes and cathodes. Century Aluminum has a market cap of $2.2 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 128.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 4 analysts who rate Century Aluminum a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Century Aluminum as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance, good cash flow from operations, impressive record of earnings per share growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Century Aluminum Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Alcoa ( AA) is up $0.22 (1.4%) to $16.15 on average volume. Thus far, 9.6 million shares of Alcoa exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 16.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $16.06-$16.34 after having opened the day at $16.23 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $15.93.

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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 $19.0 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 49.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 7 analysts who rate Alcoa a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Alcoa as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, increase in net income, growth in earnings per share and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Alcoa 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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