Friday, November 5, 2010

Nucor (NYSE:NUE), AK Steel (NYSE:AKS), Commercial Metals (NYSE:CMC) Rise on Collapsing US Dollar, Fed Inflation

Nucor (NYSE:NUE), AK Steel Holding (NYSE:AKS), Commercial Metals Company (NYSE:CMC) 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 gold, silver, oil prices and aluminum. Gold prices reached record levels again, straining toward the $1,400 an ounce level. Silver surged past the $26 level, and seems poised to continue moving up.

The steel industry could go through a period of fluctuation 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 health of the steel industry, it probably won't participate in the surge in commodity prices and demand as other raw materials will do.

Nucor closed at $39.40 Thursday, rising $0.86, or 2.23 percent. AK Steel Holding surged to close at $13.55, gaining $0.29, or 2.19 percent. Commercial Metals Company was up to $14.59 at the end of the trading session, gaining $0.54, or 3.84 percent.

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