12-month Performance: +16.1%
Head to Nucor‘s (NYSE:NUE) company website, and its passion for the stars and stripes is clear. The first page says Nucor is “ready to help America get back to being a nation that innovates, makes and builds things.”
It has been doing just that.
Nucor is the largest producer of steel in the U.S. and the largest recycler in all of North America, with countless industry innovations on its resume. It pioneered and popularized the mini-mill that now accounts for 60% of U.S. steel production, and also was the first to employ thin-slab casting.
For investors, those kinds of successes have translated to 16.1% gains over the last year, topped off with a hefty 3.1% dividend yield.