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  1. Steel Industry Stock Outlook - March 2014 - Industry Outlook

    February 28, 2014
    Steel Industry Stock Outlook - March 2014 - Industry Outlook
  2. 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 ...
  3. Fed to Reclaim Spotlight - Earnings Preview

    June 28, 2013
    Fed to Reclaim Spotlight - Earnings Preview
  4. Post-Fed, but Pre-Earnings - Earnings Preview

    June 21, 2013
    Post-Fed, but Pre-Earnings - Earnings Preview
  5. 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
  6. Metals & Mining Stock Outlook - Feb 2013 - Zacks Analyst Interviews

    February 14, 2013
    A Brief Overview The Metals & Mining industry broadly refers to metals and minerals extraction (mining) and the primary ...
  7. Metals & Mining Stock Outlook - Feb 2013 - Industry Outlook

    February 14, 2013
    A Brief Overview The Metals & Mining industry broadly refers to metals and minerals extraction (mining) and the primary ...
  8. U.S. Steel, Carpenter Join Forces - Analyst Blog

    February 4, 2013
    U.S. Steel X), the largest U.S. steel maker (by volume), has entered into a collaboration agreement with specialty alloy ...
  9. AK Steel Beats, Red Ink Worsens - Analyst Blog

    January 30, 2013
    Steel maker AK Steel Holding Corporation (AKS) slipped into a wider loss in fourth-quarter 2012, bogged down by sizable pension ...
  10. AK Steel Raises Carbon Steel Prices - Analyst Blog

    January 22, 2013
    AK Steel Holding Corporation (AKS) said that it will raise the current spot market base prices for all carbon flat-rolled ...
  11. AK Steel Reaffirmed at Neutral - Analyst Blog

    December 12, 2012
    We are retaining our Neutral recommendation on AK Steel Holding Corporation (AKS). The company turned to a loss in third-quarter ...
  12. Steel Industry Stock Outlook - Nov. 2012 - Industry Outlook

    November 15, 2012
    Steel industry in today's world can well be termed as the backbone of the economy, given its varied usage, be it in construction, ...
  13. Steel Industry Stock Outlook - Nov. 2012 - Investment Ideas

    November 15, 2012
    Steel industry in today's world can well be termed as the backbone of the economy, given its varied usage, be it in construction, ...
  14. Steel Industry Stock Outlook - Nov. 2012 - Zacks Analyst Interviews

    November 15, 2012
    Steel industry in today's world can well be termed as the backbone of the economy, given its varied usage, be it in construction, ...
  15. AK Steel Sees Wider Loss in 4Q - Analyst Blog

    November 14, 2012
    AK Steel Holding Corporation (AKS) envisions higher loss in fourth-quarter 2012 as a sizable non-cash tax expense coupled ...
  16. Weak Pricing Hits AK Steel in 3Q - Analyst Blog

    October 25, 2012
    Leading steelmaker AK Steel Holding Corporation (AKS) has slipped into a bigger loss in third-quarter 2012, hammered by weak ...
  17. Mixed Bag from Nucor Corp. - Analyst Blog

    October 18, 2012
    Steel giant Nucor Corporation (NUE) reported adjusted (excluding special items) earnings of 45 cents per share in the third ...
  18. Earnings Preview: Nucor Corp. - Analyst Blog

    October 17, 2012
    Nucor Corporation (NUE) is scheduled to report its second-quarter 2012 results before the market opens on Thursday, July ...
  19. 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 ...
  20. 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 and ...
  21. Metals & Mining Stock Outlook - Oct. 2012 - Zacks Analyst Interviews

    October 11, 2012
    The Metals & Mining industry encompasses the extraction (mining) as well as primary and secondary processing of metals and ...
  22. Cliffs Enters 3-year Deal with USW - Analyst Blog

    October 11, 2012
    Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. (CLF) entered into a three-year tentative labor contract with the United Steel Workers (USW) ...
  23. Basic Materials Stocks, Including Parker-Hannifin, Making Big ...

    October 9, 2012
    This morning's trading has marked a bad day for the market so far. The Nasdaq is down 1.7%; the S&P 500 has decreased 0.8%; ...
  24. Sherwin-Williams and Other Big Movers In Basic Materials on October ...

    October 8, 2012
    The Nasdaq has decreased 1%, the S&P 500 has declined 0.5% and the Dow has fallen 0.3%, marking a bad morning for the market. ...
  25. AK Steel Guides Loss in 3Q - Analyst Blog

    September 18, 2012
    AK Steel Holding Corporation (AKS) anticipates a loss in third-quarter 2012 as a non-cash tax expense coupled with lower ...
  26. Global Steel Output Rises in July - Analyst Blog

    August 29, 2012
    Global crude steel production rose in July following a modest decline a month ago, according to a recent World Steel Association ...
  27. Basic Materials Stocks, Including Monsanto, Making Big Moves ...

    August 23, 2012
    It's been a bad day for the market after the morning's trading. The Nasdaq is trading down 0.2%; the S&P 500 has declined ...
  28. ArcelorMittal Posts Mixed Quarter - Analyst Blog

    July 26, 2012
    Steel bellwether ArcelorMittal (MT) blew past the earnings estimates in the second quarter of 2012, but difficult economic ...
  29. Charges Make AK Steel Bleed in 2Q - Analyst Blog

    July 25, 2012
    AK Steel Holding Corporation (AKS) has slid into a loss in second-quarter 2012, bludgeoned by a sizable tax-related charge. ...
  30. AK Steel Boosts Carbon Steel Prices - Analyst Blog

    July 9, 2012
    AK Steel Holding Corporation (AKS) has not had a good year so far. The stock has lost one-fourth of its value, turned in ...
  31. AK Steel Lowered to Underperform - Analyst Blog

    July 6, 2012
    We are downgrading our recommendation on AK Steel Holding Corporation (AKS) to Underperform factoring in the challenging ...
  32. S&P Downgrades AK Steel - Analyst Blog

    July 3, 2012
    According to Reuters, ratings agency Standard & Poor's (S&P) has cut AK Steel Holding Corporation's (AKS) rating to "B+" ...
  33. Nucor-Yamato Approves $115 mn Plan - Analyst Blog

    June 28, 2012
    Steel producer, Nucor Corporation (NUE) announced the approval of a $115 million plan by Nucor-Yamato Steel Co, a joint venture ...
  34. Metals & Mining Stock Outlook - June 2012 - Zacks Analyst Interviews

    June 22, 2012
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  35. Metals & Mining Stock Outlook - June 2012 - Industry Outlook

    June 22, 2012
    The Metals & Mining industry encompasses the extraction (mining) as well as primary and secondary processing of metals and ...
  36. Nucor Completes Skyline Buyout - Analyst Blog

    June 22, 2012
    Steel producer, Nucor Corporation (NUE) has completed the acquisition of Skyline Steel LLC and its affiliates - a steel-foundation ...
  37. AK Steel's 2Q Guidance Disappoints - Analyst Blog

    June 19, 2012
    AK Steel Holding Corporation (AKS) had posted a loss for the second consecutive time in the first quarter of 2012 as lower ...
  38. Nucor Slashes Earnings Forecast - Analyst Blog

    June 14, 2012
    Steelmaker Nucor Corporation (NUE) is feeling the heat of oversupply in the U.S. Steel market and the gloomy European market. ...
  39. AK Steel Honored as Best Supplier - Analyst Blog

    June 12, 2012
    Chrysler Group LLC has awarded AK Steel Holding Corporation (AKS) with the Metallic "Supplier of the Year" award for its ...
  40. ArcelorMittal to Hike Stake in VAMA - Analyst Blog

    June 11, 2012
    Steel giant ArcelorMittal (MT) recently announced that it will increase its stake in the downstream automotive steel joint ...
  41. 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 ...
  42. Fortify Your Portfolio with Steel

    January 30, 2012
    Materials stocks are outperforming the broad market, and bottom formations on two industry leaders and the primary sector ...
  43. The Market May Have Already Given Steel Dynamics Its Due

    January 13, 2012
    Steel Dynamics has rebounded sharply but remains a quality name.
  44. Still Waiting On Steel Dynamics

    October 24, 2011
    Steel Dynamics is down, but far from out.
  45. 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 worse ...
  46. Nucor's Steely Quarter

    August 1, 2011
    Nucor produced impressive quarterly results, as it has battled through the weak economy admirably, though more headwinds ...
  47. Value To Be Had In Steel

    July 6, 2011
    With pricing beginning to firm and long-term steel demand rising, now is the best time to add the sector to a portfolio.
  48. Oil States International's Other Half

    June 16, 2011
    In addition to Canada, Oil States International has exposure to the drilling cycle in North America and the spending on deepwater ...
  49. Is Steel's Time Coming?

    June 8, 2011
    The steel industry has lagged the rest of the economy, but it might be time for that to change.
  50. April's S&P 500 Winners and Losers

    May 2, 2011
    See the best and worst performing S&P 500 stocks from April 2011.
  51. Nucor Gains Strength

    April 25, 2011
    Nucor produced impressive first quarter earnings, as steel demand and pricing picked up. Is the steel industry finally re-awakening?
  52. Posco Shows Steel's Not Back Yet

    January 18, 2011
    South Korean steelmaker Posco had an even worse quarter than it expected. Australian floods drove the price of coking coal ...
  53. Wealth Creation Fallacies

    January 3, 2011
    CEO Magazine's 3rd annual Wealth Creation rankings came out recently, and the list reveals a glaring flaw in the magazine's ...
  54. 2010: A Year Of Only Modest Recovery In Steel

    December 24, 2010
    2010 was not a great year for steel producers, but 2011 is looking better.
  55. 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.
  56. Core Holding ETF Positions with Low Expenses

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

    October 29, 2010
    Is Vale poised for another long run on the strength of iron ore prices?
  58. The Steel Sector: No Jam Today, But Maybe Tomorrow?

    September 17, 2010
    Warnings from the steel sector suggest the economy definitely slowed in the third quarter
  59. Steel Dynamics Pitted, But Not Rusting

    July 22, 2010
    Steel Dynamics' mixed quarter shows just how murky the economic outlook is today.
  60. 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.
  61. Worthington Posts Worthy Earnings

    July 8, 2010
    The steel maker has slowly been improving its results and will now look to solidify that progress.
  62. Winners And Losers With A Stronger Yuan

    July 5, 2010
    We look at the winners and losers resulting from a stronger yuan.
  63. Iron Ore Miners Flex Their New Pricing Muscles

    April 1, 2010
    A new pricing regime in the iron ore market should benefit producers.
  64. The Hottest Thing In Natural Gas: Steel

    March 24, 2010
    While low prices are keeping a lid on producers, steel may be a stealth play on the growing natural gas industry.
  65. 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 ...
  66. An Oversold Market Means Bargains

    February 9, 2010
    The recent market correction indicates oversold conditions, creating bargains for investors again.
  67. Top Five Mid-Cap Stocks In November

    December 7, 2009
    The mid-cap sector was a great place to be in November for investors skilled at the art of stock picking, as several names ...
  68. Ternium Still Delivers The Cash

    August 6, 2009
    Ternium’s earnings look just like another rough quarter but it may be one of most undervalued steel plays in the markets ...
  69. Fall In Oil Service Costs Not Over Yet

    June 17, 2009
    Oil service and drilling costs continue to fall, and there is no sign that it is stabilizing.
  70. Steel Is A Steal

    May 5, 2009
    Steel looks like it might be in teh process of turning around. Recent indicators show a shining future.
  71. Mining Amicability Amid A Drop In Demand

    March 26, 2009
    Annual contract negotiations between steel and iron ore companies take on a different tone due to significant drops in prices.
  72. Oil States Is A Play On Three Trends

    January 20, 2009
    Oil States' business is leveraged to development of the Canadian oil sands, deep water and unconventional shale plays in ...
  73. Steel Outlook 2009

    December 31, 2008
    Investors looking to play a future rebound in infrastructure should look to the steel industry.
  74. Metal And Mining Stocks For '09

    December 30, 2008
    BHP, RTP, X, MT
  75. The AZZ Conundrum

    December 3, 2008
    Are AZZ's record-breaking earnings due to a developing long term trend, or have earnings been propped up by a massive backlog?
  76. Hurdle Fences With Low ETF Expenses

    December 3, 2008
    We examine the top ETFs that won't sap your returns with high fees.
  77. 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 ...
  78. A Rare Opportunity In Steel Dynamics

    October 22, 2008
    Forced selling and a commodity downdraft have this high-quality steel operator trading at a shocking valuation.
  79. Top Volume Stocks For October 1

    October 1, 2008
    A look at five of the most active stocks in the market, with a focus on steel pipe maker Tenaris.
  80. Scholastic Will Succeed Despite Harry Potter Loss

    September 29, 2008
    Scholastic Corporation's Q1 loss was seasonal, and earnings should be helped by cost cutting going forward.
  81. Worthington Pessimistic Despite Tripling Q1 Earnings

    September 25, 2008
    Worthington Industries beat estimates and tripled earnings, but management hinted at big problems looming.
  82. Five Stocks That Shocked The Market

    July 31, 2008
    Second quarter earnings surprises have been popping up all over the place. Learn which names you should add to your watchlist.
  83. The S&P 500 All Rookie Team

    July 24, 2008
    MasterCard, AK Steel and several other well-known names are the latest stocks to crack the S&P 500 lineup. Learn what they ...
  84. Shariah Compliance Principles

    July 11, 2008
    Shariah compliant investments have social and financial rewards.
  85. 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.
  86. NUE Numbers For Nucor (NUE)

    April 26, 2007
    The steel-making sector is on the rise, but there are several risks that uproot its current success.
  87. 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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