Basic Materials Stocks

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 

How Low Can Materials Stocks Go?

If you’re looking for evidence that materials stocks remain a dangerous place to bottom-fish, look no further than the recent market action in AK Steel. More 

Where’s the Line in the Sand for This Selloff?

The Select Sector Energy SPDR might be the most important security to help you determine how long this market correction can continue. More 

Materials Stocks Have Taken a Beating, but I’m Still Bullish

Rather than focus on old news, pay attention to the momentum these two stocks are gaining compared with their crisis-level lows. More 

2 Metals and Mining ETFs to Consider

XME and DBB are ripe for bottom-fishing, but caution is essential as continuing headwinds from Europe could keep base metals prices depressed. More 

Finding Value in Vale

This Brazilian basic materials company has been unduly punished, and you can use any of several option strategies to take advantage of that. More