X : Analysis & Opinions

  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. Why I'm Betting Against This Hedge Fund Guru

    November 18, 2014
  4. 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.
  5. 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 ...
  6. 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 ...
  7. #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 ...
  8. 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 ...
  9. 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 ...
  10. 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
  11. Another Quarter, Another Warning From Steel Dynamics

    September 13, 2012
    Soft demand hurts this mini-mill yet again.
  12. 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 ...
  13. The Market May Have Already Given Steel Dynamics Its Due

    January 13, 2012
    Steel Dynamics has rebounded sharply but remains a quality name.
  14. 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 ...
  15. 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 ...
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. Core Holding ETF Positions with Low Expenses

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

    October 29, 2010
    Is Vale poised for another long run on the strength of iron ore prices?
  20. 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?
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. Iron Ore Miners Flex Their New Pricing Muscles

    April 1, 2010
    A new pricing regime in the iron ore market should benefit producers.
  24. 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 ...
  25. An Oversold Market Means Bargains

    February 9, 2010
    The recent market correction indicates oversold conditions, creating bargains for investors again.
  26. 5 Stocks Overbought And Ready To Correct

    January 18, 2010
    Are you in need of short candidates? These might fit your portfolio perfectly!
  27. 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 ...
  28. Shariah Compliance Principles

    July 11, 2008
    Shariah compliant investments have social and financial rewards.
  29. 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.
  30. 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.
  31. 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.
  32. 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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