3 Metals & Mining Stocks Pushing The 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 8 points (0.0%) at 18,060 as of Wednesday, May 13, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,739 issues advancing vs. 1,263 declining with 123 unchanged.

The Metals & Mining industry currently sits up 1.2% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%. Top gainers within the industry include Randgold Resources ( GOLD), up 3.4%, Agnico Eagle Mines ( AEM), up 3.1%, Franco-Nevada ( FNV), up 2.2% and Tenaris ( TS), up 1.4%. A company within the industry that fell today was Vale ( VALE), up 3.0%.

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

3. Barrick Gold ( ABX) is one of the companies pushing the Metals & Mining industry higher today. As of noon trading, Barrick Gold is up $0.50 (3.9%) to $13.33 on heavy volume. Thus far, 11.7 million shares of Barrick Gold exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 13.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $12.95-$13.41 after having opened the day at $12.99 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $12.83.

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Barrick Gold Corporation produces and sells gold and copper. The company is also involved in exploration and mine development activities. Barrick Gold has a market cap of $14.9 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 18.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate Barrick Gold a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 13 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Barrick Gold as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally high debt management risk, weak operating cash flow, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and unimpressive growth in net income. Get the full Barrick Gold Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Newmont Mining ( NEM) is up $0.86 (3.2%) to $27.51 on heavy volume. Thus far, 6.5 million shares of Newmont Mining exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $26.96-$27.57 after having opened the day at $27.03 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $26.65.

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Newmont Mining Corporation operates in the mining industry. It primarily acquires, develops, explores for, and produces gold, copper, and silver deposits. The company's operations and/or assets are located in the United States, Australia, Peru, Indonesia, Ghana, and New Zealand. Newmont Mining has a market cap of $13.2 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 39.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Newmont Mining a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 13 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Newmont Mining as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in stock price during the past year and impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company has favored debt over equity in the management of its balance sheet. Get the full Newmont Mining Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Alcoa ( AA) is up $0.26 (1.9%) to $13.81 on light volume. Thus far, 9.3 million shares of Alcoa exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 25.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $13.59-$13.87 after having opened the day at $13.59 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $13.55.

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Alcoa Inc. produces and manages primary aluminum, fabricated aluminum, and alumina worldwide. The company operates through four segments: Alumina, Primary Metals, Global Rolled Products, and Engineered Products and Solutions. Alcoa has a market cap of $16.7 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 13.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 8 analysts who rate Alcoa a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Alcoa as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations and notable return on equity. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. 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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