Best Steel Stocks

Consider investing in these steel stocks gaining traction this year.

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Contributor, Benzinga
March 3, 2024

United States Steel (NYSE:X)

United States Steel Corp operates primarily in the United States but also has a steelmaking capacity in Slovakia. The company’s operating segments include North American Flat-Rolled (Flat-Rolled), Mini Mill, U. S. Steel Europe (USSE), and Tubular Products (Tubular). The Flat-Rolled segment includes U. S. Steel’s integrated steel plants and equity investees in North America involved in the production of slabs, strip mill plates, sheets, and tin mill products, as well as all iron ore and coke production facilities in the United States. It primarily serves North American customers in the service center, conversion, transportation, construction, container, and appliance, and electrical markets.

$47.40
0.06[0.13%]
Last update: 4:20PM (Delayed 15-Minutes)
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Open47.440Close47.400
Vol / Avg.1.878M / 6.660MMkt Cap10.605B
Day Range47.300 - 47.62052 Wk Range20.400 - 50.200

Steel Dynamics (NASDAQ:STLD)

Steel Dynamics operates scrap-based steel minimills with roughly 13 million tons of annual steel production capacity. The company manufactures steel products that primarily serve the construction, automotive, manufacturing, and transportation end markets. It also processes and sells recycled ferrous and nonferrous metals and operates a steel fabrication business that manufactures products for the nonresidential construction industry.

$133.71
-0.11[-0.08%]
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Open134.280Close133.710
Vol / Avg.1.508M / 1.336MMkt Cap21.636B
Day Range132.360 - 137.70052 Wk Range90.549 - 136.460

Cleveland-Cliffs (NYSE:CLF)

Cleveland-Cliffs Inc is an independent iron ore mining company in the United States and is a supplier of iron ore pellets to the North American steel industry from its mines and processing facilities located in Michigan and Minnesota. It is also engaged in the production of Hot-Briquetted Iron in the Great Lakes region with the development of a production plant in Toledo, Ohio.

$21.06
0.26[1.25%]
Last update: 7:33PM (Delayed 15-Minutes)
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Open20.970Close21.080
Vol / Avg.7.387M / 9.540MMkt Cap10.494B
Day Range20.770 - 21.18552 Wk Range13.610 - 22.830

Ternium (NYSE:TX)

Ternium is a leading steel producer in the U.S. It processes a wide range of steel products for industries such as construction, automotive, home appliances, agroindustry, packaging, transport and energy. Ternium has production centers in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, the U.S., Guatemala and Mexico. It has the capacity to produce 12.4 million tons of steel annually.

The steel stock has a market cap of $4 billion and has an EPS of $0.98. It has an annual dividend yield of $1.20 per share. Ternium has an average daily trade volume of 140,000 shares. It generated revenue of $10 billion in 2019.

$40.36
-0.18[-0.44%]
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Open40.600Close40.360
Vol / Avg.119.953K / 165.961KMkt Cap7.923B
Day Range40.210 - 40.91052 Wk Range35.220 - 45.810

Commercial Metals (NYSE:CMC)

Commercial Metals is the largest manufacturer and fabricator of steel products in the U.S. Its range of products includes merchant bars, steel fence posts and wire rods. Commercial Metals steel products are used in various industries such as bridges, airports, skyscrapers, sports stadiums and hospitals.

The metal stock has a market cap of $2.4 billion and has an EPS of $2.33. It has an annual dividend yield of $0.48 per share. Commercial Metals has high liquidity and trades more than 744,000 shares per day. It generated revenue of $5.4 billion in 2019.

$53.60
-0.40[-0.74%]
Last update: 4:03PM (Delayed 15-Minutes)
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Open54.000Close53.600
Vol / Avg.1.043M / 997.567KMkt Cap6.238B
Day Range53.205 - 54.63552 Wk Range39.850 - 58.060

Steel stocks have taken a massive performance hit in the last few years. However, trade tensions have caused fluctuation that once was unheard of. In short, you should be a little more careful when investing in steel stocks. 

Here’s a guide to help you invest in steel stocks that are making a market comeback.   

Quick Look at the Best Steel Stocks:

Overview: Steel Stocks

Capital investor Andrew Carnegie spent millions of dollars to establish the U.S. Steel Corporation (NYSE: X) in 1901. The steel stock was the first company with a valuation of over $1 billion.  

In 1912, stainless steel, a higher quality of the metal, was invented. This refined form of steel found its way into military weapons manufacturing for both world wars. After the world wars concluded, steel still maintained high production rates due to car companies like Ford (NYSE: F), which rolled out a massive number of vehicles for the consumer market. 

The steel mills of America produced more than 50% of the world’s steel in the mid-1900s and created over 700,000 jobs. Companies such as Nucor (NYSE: NUE) started producing steel from recycled scrap. 

Growing tensions between the U.S. and China have negatively affected the steel industry. These trade wars caused a sharp drop in domestic steel prices and dampened its demand all over the world. Several steel companies such as Ternium (NYSE: TX) and Commercial Metals Company (NYSE: CMC) even dipped below $20 at one point, making them easier to access than ever before. Now might be a good time to add rebounding steel stocks to your portfolio. 

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Features to Look for in Steel Stock

  1. Regular dividends: Many steel stocks reward their investors with quarterly or annual cash dividends. You can even consider reinvesting that money into buying more shares from the same steel company to amplify your long-term returns. 
  2. Price-earnings ratio: You can calculate the price-earnings (P/E) ratio by dividing the stock price by the company’s earnings per share (EPS). A low P/E ratio could indicate that a stock is undervalued. Many steel stocks under $10 have a low P/E ratio.  
  3. Trade policies: The back-and-forth proceedings of trade policies issued by the U.S. administration due to escalating pressures with China have had a major effect on steel stock prices. Take into account any steel-related news and closely track the changes on import and export tax rates before you invest in steel companies.   

Build Your Portfolio on Solid Steel

After slow market growth in recent markets, steel stocks are starting to surge on the stock exchange. A majority of these steel stocks offer regular cash dividends that can cover your monthly expenses. Investing in steel companies can help you plan your stock portfolio for better long-term returns. 

Frequently Asked Questions

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What are steel stocks?

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Steel stocks are shares in companies that are in the steel industry.

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Are steel stocks a good investment?

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Many sectors rely on steel, making it an in-demand industry. That makes it a good investment.

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What are the best steel stocks?

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Check out Benzinga’s list of the best steel  stocks above.