Some people consider the steel industry to be an old-fashioned industry that has seen better days but factually speaking, steel has always played a major role in the progress of the infrastructure of many developed and developing countries across the globe. Without manufacturing great quality steel, metals, alloys and minerals - infrastructure development seems gloomy. This article reviews whether the United States will be able to lead the way in rebuilding infrastructure – If so, steel stocks could be a superior investment.

To start off with - in 2018, the future of the steel industry looks really promising and just this month (in Feb) Trump’s administration has announced the heavy tariffs on imported on steel - About 24% on all steel imports and atleast 53% on steel imports from 12 selected countries, including China and Brazil – will give a tremendous boost to the manufacturers.

All this will help the steel industry, and indeed, companies focused primarily on steel have been gaining over the last twelve months. Here are four that appear poised for future gains.

The following stocks are chosen on the basis of industry focus and the revolutionization in returns it is predicted to bring forth.

1. Nucor Corporation (NUE)

• Avg. Volume: 3,002,214
• Market Cap: $20.35 billion
• EPS (TTM): $4.10
• Dividend Yield: 2.46%
• Price: $64.11
• 1y Target Est: $73.15

One of the largest steel manufacturers in the U.S Nucor exists since 1940 and has a strong presence in the auto industry and the energy sector and with Trump’s announcement its all positioned to gain profits.

2. Steel Dynamics Inc. (STLD)

• Avg. Volume: 2,421,770
• Market Cap: $10.6 billion
• EPS (TTM): $3.36
• Dividend Yield: 1.42%
• Price: $44.98
• 1y Target Est: $51.69

The company manufactures and recycles steel products like sheet steel, coated steel, steel beams, rails and steel bars and also has an extensive scrap metal operation.

3. Reliance Steel and Aluminum

• Avg. Volume: 431,486
• Market Cap: $6.2 billion
• EPS (TTM): $5.08
• Dividend Yield: 2.11%
• Price: $85.11
• 1y Target Est: $93.88

The company provides global metals services. It manages a network of metals service centers worldwide with business operations in 13 countries.

4. The United States Steel (X)

• Avg. Volume: 10,499,262
• Market Cap: $6.4 billion
• EPS (TTM): $2.19
• Dividend Yield: 0.59%
• Price: $36.76
• 1y Target Est: $43.46

It is located in Philadelphia Pennsylvania, providing steel products (like metals, alloys & minerals) and solutions for infrastructure, automotive, appliance, container, industrial machinery, construction and energy companies.

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Beatrice McGraw is a content marketer who works for ExportHub - A Business to Business Marketplace. A writer by day and a reader by night; she is striving to make the most of the new opportunities that comes in her way and excels in everything she does. Find her on Twitter here: @McgrawBeatrice.