Basic Materials Stocks

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 

The One Chart Investors in Steel, Coal and Aluminum Stocks MUST See

What's the next move for steel, coal and aluminum? Of all the places to look, the 10-year Treasury note might surprisingly provide a clue. More 

Natural Resources Stocks: Set to Rebound?

The most beaten-up natural resources stocks are finally stabilizing -- making it a good time to check out the coal, steel and mining sectors. More 

Sector Rotation Strengthens Steel Stocks

A seemingly short-lived market correction is giving strength to financials and basic materials. Make a rotation-based bet with this options trade. More 

An Investment in a Higher Power

InvestorPlace contributor James Brumley chatted with Canada Lithium, North America's only producer of battery-grade lithium, and learned more about the company. More 

Which Sectors Should Outperform for the Rest of the Year?

September kicks off a volatile period, creating opportunities for traders and investors. Find out what sectors are the most likely to outperform the market. More 

Which Story Line Will Steel Stocks Follow?

Steel stocks have low valuations and, in some case, attractive dividends. But until industry fundamentals turn around, any rally should be viewed with suspicion. More 

5 Reasons to Like U.S. Steel

U.S. Steel -- like most in the steel industry -- has had a difficult run, but recent trends suggest long-term hope for this American icon. More 

Gold Got You Down? Here Are 5 Hard Asset Alternatives

With gold essentially trading sideways for months, now's a good time to explore the possibilities offered by other metal investments. More 

Don’t Like Alcoa? Don’t Worry, XLB!

Does Alcoa's crappy second-quarter earnings have you skittish about materials as a whole? Don't let it get to you, especially if you own XLB. More