Basic Material Stocks: ConocoPhillips (NYSE:COP), Newmont Mining (NYSE:NEM), Hecla Mining (NYSE:HL), Alpha Natural Resources, Inc. (NYSE:ANR), Valero Energy Corporation (NYSE:VLO)

ConocoPhillips (NYSE:COP) raised its quarterly dividend from $0.69 to $0.73 per share today. The new dividend will be paid on 9/2/2014 to shareholders on record as of 7/21/2014. The stock will go ex-dividend on 7/17/2014. ConocoPhillips (NYSE:COP) stock performance was 0.15% in last session and finished the day at $85.67. Traded volume was 8.25million shares in the last session and the average volume of the stock remained 5.36million shares. The beta of the stock remained 1.20. ConocoPhillips (NYSE:COP) insider ownership is 0.02%.

After bouncing around for more than seven months, shares of Newmont Mining Corp (NYSE:NEM) appear to be gearing up for a bullish breakout that could take the stock up nearly 20% over the next six months. Newmont Mining Corp (NYSE:NEM) dropped -0.35 percent to $25.44 Thursday on volume of 9.97million shares. The intra-day range of the stock was $25.30 to $26.04. Newmont Mining Corp (NYSE:NEM) has a market capitalization of $12.81billion.

Hecla Mining Company (NYSE:HL)’s President and CEO, Phillips S. Baker, Jr., presented at the Morgan Stanley Global Natural Resources Conference in Barcelona, Spain, on Tuesday, June 10, 2014, at 2:35 p.m. (CET). The presentation is available on the Company’s website at Hecla Mining Company (NYSE:HL)’s stock on July 10, 2014 reported a decrease of -2.61% to the closing price of $3.36. Its fifty two weeks range is $2.63 -$3.98. The total market capitalization recorded $1.15billion. The overall volume in the last trading session was 7.95million shares. In its share capital, HL has 343.14million outstanding shares.

Alpha Natural Resources, Inc. (NYSE:ANR) was a victim of a bearish note issued by commodity forecasters at Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS). The analysts warned that prices of metallurgical coal may witness a slower rebound than previously anticipated. The warning costs ANR more than 6 percent on its stock price in the previous session.On Thursday, shares of Alpha Natural Resources, Inc. (NYSE:ANR) dropped -1.51% to close the day at $3.27. Company return on investment (ROI) is -11.90% and its monthly performance is recorded as -4.66%. Alpha Natural Resources, Inc. (NYSE:ANR) quarterly revenue growth is -28.45%.

Valero Energy Corporation (NYSE:VLO) remains the largest U.S. refiner, with total ACDU capacity of more than 1.9 million bbl/cd. Exxon Mobil Corporation is second at almost 1.9 million bbl/cd. With the purchase of the Texas City refinery from BP, Marathon Petroleum Corporation became the third-largest refiner, with a capacity of 1.7 million bbl/cd. Valero Energy Corporation (NYSE:VLO) stock performance was 0.14% in last session and finished the day at $49.21. Traded volume was 7.47million shares in the last session and the average volume of the stock remained 7.36million shares. The beta of the stock remained 1.620. Valero Energy Corporation (NYSE:VLO) insider ownership is 0.40%.

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