Basic Materials Stocks

Materials’ Recent Surge Won’t Stick

XLB faces a persistent ceiling at $40; another failure will make these bear call spreads pan out. More 

What Materials Stocks Reveal About the Rest of the Market

The Materials ETF (XLB) is approaching a 52-week high. Find out what the sector's next moves will reveal about market leadership and the outlook for economic growth. More 

Dr. Copper Catches the Flu

The heavy pressure on copper prices doesn't say anything reassuring about the global economic picture and signals that right now, defense might be the best offense. More 

13 Must-See Charts for April

The stock market has been going up for months, but there still is an abundance of fresh trading ideas as we move into April -- especially in these sectors. More 

Don’t Shun Every Last Materials Stock

While many of the bigger metals and mining stocks remain under pressure, a number of smaller, more specialized materials stocks are starting to turn around. More 

Hot Cement Stocks Starting to Show Cracks

Cement stocks Texas Industries and Eagle Materials have unsurprisingly exploded along with the rest of homebuilders, but there's little gas left in the bull case. More 

10 Stocks for a Made-in-America Portfolio

The U.S. is starting to look like the least-ugly option in a globe full of uncertainty. If you agree, here are a few concentrated ways to play America. More 

Alcoa: From Bellwether to Red Herring

Alcoa's fourth-quarter earnings expectations look rosy -- which is better than you can say for the broader market More 

These 9 Unloved Materials Stocks Have Stopped Bleeding

Signs of a China recovery have lit a fire under natural-resource stocks. Can the rally in beaten-down materials continue, or is another disappointment at hand? More 

Foiled in 2012, Alcoa Stock Looking Up in ’13

Unless you believe that the global economy is doomed for decades, you should start plotting an early entry into cyclical plays like Alcoa. More