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Best Performing Steel Stocks of 2021

Updated Apr 1, 2021
Steel has been one of the preferred alloys for making all kinds of solid metallic products and has attained the status of becoming the basic building blocks of the modern world. Formed by mixing iron and carbon in varying proportions, different kind of steel is obtained. Its corrosion-free property makes it a suitable choice for use across a wide variety of needs. Vehicles, appliances, structures, tools, bridges, oil pipelines, and buildings, are all are made with steel. Different kinds of companies are involved in steel-based business. Few manufacture variety of steel using iron and coke and other minerals, other use steel as a raw material to develop finished or semi-finished products, and others offer services around steel industry (like maintaining steel pipelines which carry oil).
Investors find it exciting to invest in steel-based companies on the hopes of generating better returns backed by increasing demand of steel. However, returns can be positive and negative based on the wide variations observed in the demand and price of steel as a commodity from one year to the other.
This article presents list of top 10 steel stocks which have generated highest returns for the year 2021 YTD. List is presented in the order of stocks gaining maximum percentage gain since the start of the year till the date of writing.

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Top Steel Stocks With Highest Returns

The following list presents stocks of the companies which belong to the broader Steel sector or the stock market index, their corresponding prices as of given date, and the percentage gains realized:
 1) ZK International Group Co., Ltd. (ZKIN) 2) Timken Steel Corporation (TMST) 3) Ferroglobe PLC (GSM) 4) Olympic Steel, Inc. (ZEUS) 5) Nucor Corp. (NUE)
 6) Commercial Metals Company (CMC) 7) United States Steel Corporation (X) 8) Tenaris S.A. (TS) 9) Insteel Industries, Inc. (IIIN) 10) Carpenter Technology Corporation (CRS)
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Performance of Top Steel Stocks

Here's a look at the basic details and how the above mentioned stocks fared during the period:

ZK International Group Co.

ZK International Group Co., Ltd., through its subsidiaries, designs, produces, and sells double-press thin-walled stainless steel, carbon steel, and single-press tubes and fittings in the People's Republic of China. The company offers steel strips, steel pipes, and light gauge stainless steel pipes, as well as pipe connections and fittings, such ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of ZK International Group Co..
ZK International Group Co., Ltd. (ZKIN) has moved by 279.54 percentage over the given period of 2021-YTD, helping it gain a place at number one among the top performing stocks. The Basic Materials sector company managed to achieve the feat as its stock price changed from $2.59 apiece to the price of $9.83 per share between the end of December of the previous year and Apr 1, 2021. The smart run of the China-based Basic Materials sector company lead to a handsome gain in its marketcap which changed from $46.5 million to $194.02 million over the same duration.

Timken Steel

TimkenSteel Corporation, incorporated on October 24, 2013, manufactures alloy steel, as well as carbon and micro-alloy steel. The Companys portfolio includes special bar quality (SBQ) bars, seamless mechanical tubing and ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Timken Steel.
Rank number two in the coveted list is held by Timken Steel Corporation (TMST) for being among the top performing stocks of 2021. Headquartered in Ohio, OH, the Basic Industries sector company is categorized under the industrial sub-sector of Steel and Iron. Since the start of the year 2021, stock of Timken Steel has so far gained 146.04 percentage, based on the previous year's closing price of $4.67 per share and year-to-date price of $11.49 per share. During the same period, the market capitalization of the company changed from $210.86 million to $523.97 million. The stock of Timken Steel continues to be a major constituent of many leading stock indexes which include Wilshire 5000 index, Russell 2000 index, and several other broader level multi-cap market indicators.

Ferroglobe

Ferroglobe PLC, formerly VeloNewco Limited, is engaged in silicon and specialty metals industry. The Company produces silicon metal and silicon- and manganese-based alloy, which serves customers in the chemical, aluminum, ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Ferroglobe.
The United Kingdom-headquartered company Ferroglobe PLC (GSM) is ranked number three among the best performing stocks of Steel of 2021. The Capital Goods sector business falls under the Metal Fabrications industrial sub-sector. Since the start of the year 2021, the stock price of Ferroglobe has changed by 137.8 percent, which is calculated based on the previous year's closing price of $1.64 per share and year-to-date closing price of $3.9 per share as of writing. The market value of the company as indicated by its market-cap changed from $277.42 million to $659.72 million during the same period. Along with Steel, the company is also in the business of Iron, Capital Goods, Metal Fabrications, Basic Materials, Industrial Metals & Minerals, among other usual products and services.

Olympic Steel

Olympic Steel, Inc., incorporated on April 25, 1978, is a metals service center. The Company provides metals processing and distribution services for a range of customers. The Company operates through ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Olympic Steel.
At number four in the list of top stocks stands Olympic Steel, Inc. (ZEUS), which saw a change in its stock price from the level of $13.33 apiece during previous year December end to the price of $30.53 per share as of Apr 1, 2021. It translates to a change of 129.03 percentage. The Ohio, OH-headquartered Basic Industries sector company also saw its market value change from $147.63 million to $338.12 million. The Metal Fabrications specialist also managed to outperform some of the major stock market indexes of which it is a part of. They include the Wilshire 5000 index, Russell 2000 index, and a handful of other multi-capitalization indexes.

Nucor

Nucor Corporation manufactures and sells steel and steel products in the United States and internationally. It operates in three segments: Steel Mills, Steel Products, and Raw Materials. The Steel Mil ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Nucor.
During the given months of the year 2021, Nucor Corp. (NUE) was successful in generating YTD returns of 50.18 percentage which helped it gain the number five spot in the list of the top performing stocks which generated maximum returns during year 2021 till date. As of December of the previous year, the stock of the Charlotte, North Carolina-based Nucor closed at a price of $53.19 per share, while it traded at a price of $79.88 per share as of Apr 1, 2021. The company's market cap changed from $16.06 billion to $23.86 billion during the same period YTD. It ranks as a key constituent of major indexes that include Wilshire 5000 index, S&P 500 index, and several other broader level multi-cap market indicators. The company is classified under the Basic Industries industry sector and further specialized as a Steel and Iron sector business.

Commercial Metals

Commercial Metals Company (CMC), incorporated on August 29, 1946, together with its subsidiaries, is engaged in manufacturing, recycling and marketing steel and metal products, related materials and services through a ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Commercial Metals.
The Texas, TX-headquartered company Commercial Metals Company (CMC) is ranked number six among the best performing stocks of Steel of 2021. The Basic Industries sector business falls under the Steel and Iron industrial sub-sector. Since the start of the year 2021, the stock price of Commercial Metals has changed by 49.95 percent, which is calculated based on the previous year's closing price of $20.54 per share and year-to-date closing price of $30.8 per share as of writing. The market value of the company as indicated by its market-cap changed from $2.47 billion to $3.71 billion during the same period. Along with Steel, the company is also in the business of Basic Industries, Steel and Iron, Basic Materials, Wilshire 5000, Russell 2000, among other usual products and services. Commercial Metals continues to be a leading constituent of many major stock market indexes like Wilshire 5000 index, Russell 2000 index, and a few other larger indexes which are part of the stock market.

United States Steel

United States Steel Corporation, incorporated on May 25, 2001, is an integrated steel producer. The Company is engaged in producing flat-rolled and tubular products with production operations in North America ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of United States Steel.
United States Steel Corporation (X) has moved by 49.08 percentage over the given period of 2021-YTD, helping it gain a place at number seven among the top performing stocks. The Basic Industries sector company managed to achieve the feat as its stock price changed from $16.77 apiece to the price of $25 per share between the end of December of the previous year and Apr 1, 2021. The smart run of the Pennsylvania, PA-based Steel and Iron sector company lead to a handsome gain in its marketcap which changed from $3.7 billion to $6.72 billion over the same duration. United States Steel is a key member of many popular stock market indexes. They include Wilshire 5000 index, Russell 2000 index, and several other broader level multi-cap market indicators.

Tenaris

Tenaris S.A., incorporated on January 9, 2002, is a holding company, which is a steel producer with production facilities in Mexico, Argentina, Colombia, United States and Guatemala. The Company supplies ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Tenaris.
At number eight in the list of top stocks stands Tenaris S.A. (TS), which saw a change in its stock price from the level of $15.95 apiece during previous year December end to the price of $23.14 per share as of Apr 1, 2021. It translates to a change of 45.08 percentage. The Luxembourg-headquartered Basic Industries sector company also saw its market value change from $9.5 billion to $13.38 billion.

Insteel Industries

Insteel Industries, Inc., incorporated on December 1, 1958, is a manufacturer of steel wire reinforcing products for concrete construction applications. The Companys operations are focused on the manufacture and marketing ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Insteel Industries.
During the given months of the year 2021, Insteel Industries, Inc. (IIIN) was successful in generating YTD returns of 42.48 percentage which helped it gain the number nine spot in the list of the top performing stocks which generated maximum returns during year 2021 till date. As of December of the previous year, the stock of the North Carolina, NC-based Insteel Industries closed at a price of $22.27 per share, while it traded at a price of $31.73 per share as of Apr 1, 2021. The company's market cap changed from $429.94 million to $612.83 million during the same period YTD. It ranks as a key constituent of major indexes that include Wilshire 5000 index, Russell 2000 index, and several other broader level multi-cap market indicators. The company is classified under the Capital Goods industry sector and further specialized as a Steel and Iron sector business.

Carpenter Technology

Carpenter Technology Corporation, incorporated on October 3, 1968, is engaged in the manufacturing, fabrication and distribution of specialty metals. The Companys segments include Specialty Alloys Operations (SAO) and Performance Engineered ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Carpenter Technology.
Rank number ten in the coveted list is held by Carpenter Technology Corporation (CRS) for being among the top performing stocks of 2021. Headquartered in Philadelphia, PA, the Basic Industries sector company is categorized under the industrial sub-sector of Steel and Iron. Since the start of the year 2021, stock of Carpenter Technology has so far gained 42 percentage, based on the previous year's closing price of $29.12 per share and year-to-date price of $41.35 per share. During the same period, the market capitalization of the company changed from $1.4 billion to $1.99 billion. The stock of Carpenter Technology continues to be a major constituent of many leading stock indexes which include Wilshire 5000 index, Russell 2000 index, and several other broader level multi-cap market indicators.
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