Friday, November 5, 2010

General Steel Holdings (NYSE:GSI), Gerdau S.A. (NYSE:GGB), Companhia Siderurgica Nacional (NYSE:SID) Rise on Fed Inflation, Collapsing US Dollar

General Steel Holdings (NYSE:GSI), Gerdau S.A. (NYSE:GGB) and Companhia Siderurgica Nacional (NYSE:SID) all moved up with the broader commodity sector Thursday, as the announcement that the Federal Reserve was going to inflate again via its quantitative easing strategy pushed up the price of commodities in anticipation of the inevitable inflation to come.

Commodity prices going up included aluminum, gold, silver and oil . Gold prices soared record levels again, reaching toward the $1,400 an ounce level. Silver exploded past the $26 level, and is ready to continue moving up.

The steel industry could go through a seasons of swings as currencies respond to the fall in value of the U.S. dollar, which will affect margins because of the wide swings in currency value and the battle by some against the Chinese renminbi, which they'll have to take defensive measures against.

Because of market factors, and the overall economic health of the steel industry, it probably won't partake in the surge in commodity prices and demand as other raw materials will surelydo.

General Steel Holdings closed at $39.40 Thursday, rising $0.86, or 2.23 percent. Gerdau S.A. surged to close at $13.55, gaining $0.29, or 2.19 percent. Companhia Siderurgica Nacional was up to $14.59 at the end of the trading session, gaining $0.54, or 3.84 percent.

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