Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, the 10 stocks we'll discuss today are the highest rated in the metals and mining industry.
CAPS contains more than just the crowd's opinions. The votes of CAPS' best-performing members, known as All-Stars, count more in shaping each company's rating than do the picks of their poorer-performing peers. That way, the highest-rated companies aren't just the most popular companies in the industry -- in this case, Nucor
The mining industry has been doing well as demand in China has kept prices rising even as the U.S. and Europe muddle along. Mining companies' profits have varied along with the supply-and-demand characteristics of the specific metals they mine. Gold miners such as Yamana Gold
Not all of mining glistens like gold, though. Copper companies including Southern Copper
The highest-rated metals and mining stock is ...
Looking at the aggregate data, we see that our community rates Amcol International
Even during weak times this company raised its dividend. While short term the company will continue to face challenges due to the recession, it is still a nicely profitable company. And as the global economy eventually picks up, so should this company.
Here are the rest of the 10 highest-rated companies in the industry, along with their CAPS ratings.
CAPS Rating (out of 5)
Market Cap (in Millions)
|2||Sims Metal Management||*****||$2,750|
Globe Specialty Metals
|10||Compass Minerals International||*****||$2,516|
Source: Motley Fool CAPS as of Nov. 7, 2011.
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