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  1. 4 Reasons Why This Industry Is A Value Trap

    February 15, 2015
    Steel stocks have fallen deeply out of favor with the group losing about 25% of its value over the past year, according ...
  2. Companies Affected Most by Low Oil Prices

    February 13, 2015
    Low oil prices have affected many companies. Some consumers and producers who rely on oil as a key input benefit, while others ...
  3. AK Steel's (AKS) Q4 Earnings Trump Estimates, Shares Up - Analyst ...

    January 28, 2015
    AK Steel's (AKS) fourth-quarter revenues and earnings topped Zacks Consensus Estimates.
  4. U.S. Steel's (X) Q4 Earnings Top Estimates, Profit Slips - Analyst ...

    January 28, 2015
    U.S. Steel (X) beats earnings and revenues expectations in fourth-quarter 2014.
  5. Will Steel Dynamics (STLD) Beat Q4 Earnings Estimates? - Analyst ...

    January 27, 2015
    Steel Dynamics (STLD) is set to release its fourth-quarter 2014 results after the bell on Jan 28.
  6. Will U.S. Steel (X) Beat Earnings Again This Season? - Analyst ...

    January 23, 2015
    U.S. Steel (X) is set to release its fourth-quarter 2014 results after the closing gong on Jan 27.
  7. U.S. Steel (X) Ups Layoff Tally, More Bad News for Workers - ...

    January 22, 2015
    U.S. Steel (X) is planning to idle two plants in Illinois and Indiana and lay off 545 more people.
  8. 2 Steel Stocks Set to Steal the Earnings Show - Earnings ESP

    January 19, 2015
    The steel industry will grow, but at a muted pace supported by the automobile and construction industries.
  9. SunCoke Energy Partners Buys Cokemaking Asset for $245M - Analyst ...

    January 14, 2015
    SunCoke Energy Partners, L.P. (SXCP) completed the acquisition of a 75% interest in the Granite City cokemaking facility ...
  10. U.S. Steel (X) Downgraded to Sell on Oil Price Concern - Analyst ...

    January 9, 2015
    On Jan 8, Zacks Investment Research downgraded U.S. Steel Corp. (X) to a Zacks Rank #4 (Sell) from a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
  11. United States Steel Corp. (X): New Analyst Report from Zacks ...

    January 8, 2015
    We are downgrading our recommendation on U.S. Steel to Neutral
  12. U.S. Steel Lays Off Workers, Hurt by Falling Oil Prices - Analyst ...

    January 7, 2015
    U.S. Steel (X) is laying off more than 750 workers in the face of crashing oil prices.
  13. Mechel's Trade Port Posiet Achieves Record Coal Cargo - Analyst ...

    December 29, 2014
    Mechel (MTL) reports record annual cargo volumes of coal products at its Trade Port Posiet.
  14. Steel Dynamics Announces Q4 Earnings Guidance & Dividend - Analyst ...

    December 23, 2014
    Steel Dynamics (STLD) projects earnings guidance for fourth quarter 2014 & announces quarterly cash dividends.
  15. AK Steel (AKS) Rises on Q4 Outlook, Shipments to Climb - Analyst ...

    December 19, 2014
    AK Steel Holding Corporation (AKS) has announced its guidance for the fourth quarter of 2014.
  16. L.B. Foster Runs Risks on Expense Worries, Scopes Exist - Analyst ...

    December 17, 2014
    On Dec 15, 2014, we issued an updated research report on premium railroads manufacturing firm L.B. Foster Co. (FSTR).
  17. Nucor (NUE) Unveils Fourth Quarter Earnings Guidance - Analyst ...

    December 17, 2014
    Nucor Corporation (NUE) has announced its earnings guidance for the fourth quarter of 2014 which reflects a decline on a ...
  18. L. B. Foster to Market Tracksure for Safer Railroads - Analyst ...

    December 16, 2014
    Premium railroads manufacturing company L. B. Foster Co. (FSTR) recently inked a distribution agreement with the U.K.-based ...
  19. Why I'm Betting Against This Hedge Fund Guru

    November 18, 2014
  20. Steel Industry Outlook: US Shows Resilience, China Lags - Industry ...

    October 22, 2014
    Steel Industry Outlook: US Shows Resilience, China Lags - Industry Outlook
  21. The S&P 500: The Index You Need To Know

    September 4, 2014
    Just how are companies added to and dropped from the S&P 500, and how is its value calculated? Curious? Read on.
  22. The 10 Biggest Strikes In U.S. History

    August 15, 2014
    American workers have striked to demand better pay, working conditions and benefits. Here's a list of the biggest U.S. work ...
  23. Steel Industry Showing Resilience - Industry Outlook

    June 23, 2014
    Steel Industry Showing Resilience - Industry Outlook
  24. Steel Industry Stock Outlook - March 2014 - Industry Outlook

    February 28, 2014
    Steel Industry Stock Outlook - March 2014 - Industry Outlook
  25. Are There Still More Gains For Steel Stocks Ahead?

    January 23, 2014
    The steel sector has rebounded quite nicely over the last few months as investors have looked for value. Given the longer ...
  26. #PreMarket Primer for November 27: Some US Retailers Fight To ...

    November 27, 2013
    With several large retail chains planning to begin their Black Friday deals on Thanksgiving, some retailers are holding ...
  27. Strongest Steel Stocks in the Materials Sector

    September 11, 2013
    Why steel? Well, it's the best performing industry in the Materials sector, and Materials was one of the hottest sectors ...
  28. Walter Energy, SouFun and Other Top Performers in August

    September 3, 2013
    Three basic materials companies -- Companhia Siderurgica Nacional (NYSE: WLT) -- were among the top-performing dividend-paying ...
  29. Fed to Reclaim Spotlight - Earnings Preview

    June 28, 2013
    Fed to Reclaim Spotlight - Earnings Preview
  30. ArcelorMittal Looks Like A Good House In A Really Tough Neighborhood

    May 10, 2013
    ArcelorMittal looks too cheap, but it could be a long wait to see it really outperform
  31. Best Earnings ESP stocks for October 9th - Investment Ideas

    October 13, 2012
    ESP 100912 As I write this, the markets are pulling back, awaiting earnings from Alcoa (AA - Zacks Rank 3 ) and Yum! Brands ...
  32. Metals & Mining Stock Outlook - Oct. 2012 - Industry Outlook

    October 11, 2012
    The Metals & Mining industry encompasses the extraction (mining) as well as primary and secondary processing of metals ...
  33. Another Quarter, Another Warning From Steel Dynamics

    September 13, 2012
    Soft demand hurts this mini-mill yet again.
  34. Nucor Sells Wire Products Facility - Analyst Blog

    August 27, 2012
    Steel giant Nucor Corporation (NUE) announced that the company will divest its Wire Products facility in New Salem, Pennsylvania, ...
  35. Earnings Scorecard: Nucor - Analyst Blog

    August 2, 2012
    Earnings Scorecard: Nucor - Analyst Blog
  36. Another Challenging Quarter At Steel Dynamics

    April 20, 2012
    Steel Dynamics managed to deliver results that were on the high end of the lowered range. Prices look too low right now and ...
  37. The Market May Have Already Given Steel Dynamics Its Due

    January 13, 2012
    Steel Dynamics has rebounded sharply but remains a quality name.
  38. S&P 500 Losers - Third Quarter Of 2011

    October 10, 2011
    A review the five worst performing stocks in the S&P 500 during the third quarter of 2011 and why these stocks did much ...
  39. Worthington Industries Slowly Forges Ahead

    October 5, 2011
    Steelmaker Worthington Industries has been changing its business mix in a difficult industry. It forged ahead with a quarterly ...
  40. Lincoln: Electric A Quality Niche Industrial

    February 24, 2011
    With the rebound in industrial activity, welding has come back strong, and Lincoln Electric is in place to benefit.
  41. Commercial Metals – A Tough Market, May Be Getting Better

    December 23, 2010
    High input costs are a challenge, but 2011 could be a better year for demand.
  42. Core Holding ETF Positions with Low Expenses

    December 6, 2010
    We examine the top ETFs that won't sap your returns with high fees.
  43. Vale Still Looks Iron-Clad

    October 29, 2010
    Is Vale poised for another long run on the strength of iron ore prices?
  44. Steel Slowdown For Real, Or Just Sandbagging?

    July 29, 2010
    None of the steelmakers are looking for a great second half, but is this part of a larger problem?
  45. Stocks Affected By Second Quarter Stall

    July 8, 2010
    The huge stock market rally that began in the depths of the financial crisis in March 2009, has stalled and reversed.
  46. Three ETFs Looking For A Bounce

    May 19, 2010
    With the falling euro, and oil and steel industries, some ETFs have been beaten down and are looking for a comeback.
  47. Iron Ore Miners Flex Their New Pricing Muscles

    April 1, 2010
    A new pricing regime in the iron ore market should benefit producers.
  48. Will History Repeat Itself?

    February 22, 2010
    During the previous energy cycle peak in the early 1980s, many outside companies bought oil and gas companies, suggesting ...
  49. An Oversold Market Means Bargains

    February 9, 2010
    The recent market correction indicates oversold conditions, creating bargains for investors again.
  50. 5 Stocks Overbought And Ready To Correct

    January 18, 2010
    Are you in need of short candidates? These might fit your portfolio perfectly!
  51. Your Standard Oil Portfolio

    November 26, 2008
    Five companies remain from the Standard Oil breakup in 1911. Investors who built a portfolio around them would have crushed ...
  52. Shariah Compliance Principles

    July 11, 2008
    Shariah compliant investments have social and financial rewards.
  53. Steel Of A Deal (X, NUE, MT)

    September 24, 2007
    Steel production has become an oligopoly. We examine steel's "big three" to see which one has the best potential.
  54. Gritty Profit Found In Oil Sands (IMO, SU, MRO)

    July 5, 2007
    A look at three mid-sized integrated oil companies that have plenty to offer.
  55. Specialty Steel: A Captive Market (CRS, ATI, AKS)

    May 24, 2007
    Specialty steel may be "flat rolled", but the profits and share performance of these three companies certainly aren’t flat.
  56. Exxon and Altria: Two Stocks Worthy of Concentration (XOM, MO)

    August 1, 2006
    While diversifying your portfolio may be good for maintaining wealth, concentrating your portfolio is good for building it.
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