Hot Trading Action in Big Basic Materials Stocks August 8th

Following is a review of today’s market action by the top stocks, as measured by market capitalization, in the Basic Materials sector:

  1. BHP Billiton Limited (NYSE:BHP): The shares closed at $71.88, down $7.26, or 9.17%, on the day. They have traded in a 52-week range of $64.14 to $104.59. Volume today was 8,623,263 shares, against a 3-month average volume of 3,604,900 shares. Its market capitalization is $199.93billion, its trailing P/E is 11.73, its trailing earnings are $6.13 per share, and it pays a dividend of $1.84 per share, for a dividend yield of 2.30%. About the company: BHP Billiton Limited is an international resources company. The Company’s principal business lines are mineral exploration and production, including coal, iron ore, gold, titanium, ferroalloys, nickel and copper concentrate, as well as petroleum exploration, production, and refining.
  2. BHP Billiton plc Sponsored ADR(NYSE:BBL): The shares closed at $57.61, down $6.46, or 10.08%, on the day. They have traded in a 52-week range of $54.00 to $86.96. Volume today was 4,354,217 shares, against a 3-month average volume of 1,788,970 shares. Its market capitalization is $160.24billion, its trailing P/E is 9.40, its trailing earnings are $6.13 per share, and it pays a dividend of $1.84 per share, for a dividend yield of 2.90%. About the company: BHP Billiton Plc is an international resources company. The Company’s principal business lines are mineral exploration and production, including coal, iron ore, gold, titanium, ferroalloys, nickel and copper concentrate, as well as petroleum exploration, production, and refining.
  3. VALE S.A. American Depositary(NYSE:VALE): The shares closed at $24.98, down $3, or 10.72%, on the day. They have traded in a 52-week range of $24.78 to $37.25. Volume today was 45,433,884 shares, against a 3-month average volume of 17,299,800 shares. Its market capitalization is $130.35billion, its trailing P/E is 5.03, its trailing earnings are $4.96 per share, and it pays a dividend of $0.45 per share, for a dividend yield of 1.60%. About the company: Vale SA produces and sells iron ore, pellets, manganese, alloys, gold, nickel, copper, kaolin, bauxite, alumina, aluminum, and potash. The Company is based in Brazil, where it owns and operates railroads and maritime terminals.
  4. Rio Tinto plc (ADR)(NYSE:RIO): The shares closed at $52.42, down $6.77, or 11.44%, on the day. They have traded in a 52-week range of $47.10 to $76.67. Volume today was 8,013,631 shares, against a 3-month average volume of 3,096,520 shares. Its market capitalization is $101.03billion, its trailing P/E is 6.43, its trailing earnings are $8.16 per share, and it pays a dividend of $1.27 per share, for a dividend yield of 2.10%. About the company: Rio Tinto PLC is an international mining company. The Company has interests in mining for aluminum, borax, coal, copper, gold, iron ore, lead, silver, tin, uranium, zinc, titanium dioxide feedstock, diamonds, talc and zircon. Rio Tinto’s various mining operations are located in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, the United States, South America, Europe, and Indonesia.
  5. Potash Corporation of Saskatche(NYSE:POT): The shares closed at $49.31, down $3.78, or 7.12%, on the day. They have traded in a 52-week range of $35.52 to $63.97. Volume today was 16,049,809 shares, against a 3-month average volume of 8,106,000 shares. Its market capitalization is $42.19billion, its trailing P/E is 17.96, its trailing earnings are $2.75 per share, and it pays a dividend of $0.29 per share, for a dividend yield of 0.60%. About the company: Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc. produces potash, phosphate, and nitrogen to the agricultural and industrial industries worldwide. The Company conducts operations in Canada, Chile, the United States, Brazil, and Trinidad.
  6. Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc.(NYSE:FCX): The shares closed at $41.89, down $4.1, or 8.91%, on the day. They have traded in a 52-week range of $32.85 to $61.35. Volume today was 33,131,567 shares, against a 3-month average volume of 19,390,200 shares. Its market capitalization is $39.67billion, its trailing P/E is 7.14, its trailing earnings are $5.87 per share, and it pays a dividend of $1.00 per share, for a dividend yield of 2.20%. About the company: Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc., through its subsidiary, is a copper, gold and molybdenum mining company. The Company primarily mines for copper and owns mining interests in Chile and Indonesia. Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold also, through a subsidiary, is involved in smelting and refining of copper concentrates.
  7. Arcelor Mittal NY Registry Shar(NYSE:MT): The shares closed at $22.19, down $3.33, or 13.05%, on the day. They have traded in a 52-week range of $22.00 to $38.88. Volume today was 13,481,733 shares, against a 3-month average volume of 4,880,140 shares. Its market capitalization is $34.37billion, its trailing P/E is 9.84, its trailing earnings are $2.26 per share, and it pays a dividend of $0.64 per share, for a dividend yield of 2.50%. About the company: ArcelorMittal produces steel. The Company manufactures cold rolled, electrogalvanized and coated steels, slabs, special quality bars, and wire rods. Arcelor Mittal has steel making operations in Europe, the Americas, Asia, and Africa.
  8. E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Com(NYSE:DD): The shares closed at $44.06, down $3.21, or 6.79%, on the day. They have traded in a 52-week range of $38.71 to $57.00. Volume today was 19,377,314 shares, against a 3-month average volume of 6,475,210 shares. Its market capitalization is $41.02billion, its trailing P/E is 12.21, its trailing earnings are $3.61 per share, and it pays a dividend of $1.64 per share, for a dividend yield of 3.50%. About the company: E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company is a global chemical and life sciences company, with businesses that include agriculture and industrial biotechnology, chemistry, biology, materials science and manufacturing. The Company operates globally and offers a wide range of products and services for markets including agriculture and food, building and construction, electronics and communications.
  9. Barrick Gold Corporation Common(NYSE:ABX): The shares closed at $46.14, up $0.28, or 0.61%, on the day. They have traded in a 52-week range of $42.23 to $55.74. Volume today was 17,597,017 shares, against a 3-month average volume of 8,325,540 shares. Its market capitalization is $46.11 billion, its trailing P/E is 12.04, its trailing earnings are $3.83 per share, and it pays a dividend of $0.49 per share, for a dividend yield of 1.10%. About the company: Barrick Gold Corporation is an international gold company with operating mines and development projects in the United States, Canada, South America, Australia, and Africa.

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