Goldcorp Inc. (GG): Today's Featured Basic Materials Laggard

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Goldcorp ( GG) pushed the Basic Materials sector lower today making it today's featured Basic Materials laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.9%. By the end of trading, Goldcorp fell 38 cents (-1.1%) to $33.14 on average volume. Throughout the day, 6.2 million shares of Goldcorp exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.5 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $32.89-$33.43 after having opened the day at $33.22 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $33.52. Other companies within the Basic Materials sector that declined today were: Houston American Energy Corporation ( HUSA), down 10%, Global Geophysical Services ( GGS), down 8.1%, Silvercorp Metals ( SVM), down 7.9%, and HyperDynamics Corporation ( HDY), down 7.3%.

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Goldcorp Inc. engages in the acquisition, development, exploration, and operation of precious metal properties. It primarily explores gold, silver, copper, lead, and zinc. Goldcorp has a market cap of $26.58 billion and is part of the metals & mining industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.8, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 10.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate Goldcorp a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and four rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Goldcorp as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and reasonable valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including weak operating cash flow, a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and disappointing return on equity.

On the positive front, Sinopec Shanghai Petrochemical Company Limi ( SHI), up 11.7%, Endeavour International ( END), up 11.5%, North American Palladium ( PAL), up 11.3%, and US Silica Holdings ( SLCA), up 10.9%, were all gainers within the basic materials sector with Schlumberger ( SLB) being today's featured basic materials sector leader.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the basic materials sector could consider Materials Select Sector SPDR ( XLB) while those bearish on the basic materials sector could consider ProShares Short Basic Materials Fd ( SBM).