SOURCE: Wall Street Equity Research

Wall Street Equity Research

December 09, 2010 08:17 ET

Analyst Study on Companhia Siderurgica Nacional and Gerdau S.A. - Steel Production Up Globally

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Global crude steel production rose 2% in October according to the World Steel Association. Despite a 2% year over year drop in production in China, they remain the world's leader, producing 42% of the world's steel. Production in the US rose 9.0% but apprehensions remain. is a specialized website where investors can have specific access to complimentary reports on steel & iron industry; traders looking for analysis on Companhia Siderurgica Nacional, Gerdau S.A. and other players in the industry are welcomed to sign up for free at
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Despite a 9.0% year over year production improvement, steel makers in the US are concerned over the poor construction projections for 2011. Commercial construction is expected to improve by 3% but is still almost 50% below 2008 levels. Residential and infrastructure construction spending is currently projected to remain flat. 

Overall, the global increase in steel production is a positive sign for the sector. Global steel demand is expected to improve by 5% in 2011. However, fluctuating steel prices and uneven demand are cause for concern. Growth opportunities do remain for smaller steel companies and for companies in regions where construction is on the rise. 

Looking at the financial results delivered by some of the players of this industry during Q3 2010, Companhia Siderurgica Nacional posted net income of R$720 million on net revenue of R$3.9 billion. Investors can register today at to download the full report on Companhia Siderurgica Nacional.

Conversely, another Brazilian steel maker Gerdau S.A. posted net income of R$609 million on revenue of R$8,190.0 million. Investors can access free research on Gerdau S.A. now by signing up at

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