Metal Share Market
A metal mine, quarry, metal is a material (an element, compound, or alloy) that is typically hard, opaque, shiny, and has good electrical and thermal conductivity. Metals are generally malleable—that is, they can be hammered or pressed permanently out of shape without breaking or cracking—as well as fusible (able to be fused or melted) and ductile (able to be drawn out into a thin wire). About 91 of the 118 elements in the periodic table are metals,
Metal Processing Market by Type (Carbon Steel, Alloy Steel), Shape of Steel (Long, Flat and Tubular), End User Industry (Construction, Shipping, Energy, Packaging, Consumer Appliances, Housing, Automotive), & by Region - Trends & Forecast to 2020", defines, segments, analyses, and forecasts the steel processing market. It also identifies the driving and restraining factors for this market with the analysis of current and future trends and opportunities.
Leading players in the industrial market include ArcelorMittal (Luxembourg), Baosteel Group Corporation (China), POSCO (South Korea), Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation (Japan), and JFE Holdings, Inc. (Japan). The steel processing market is a highly fragmented one owing to its application in almost all industrial verticals. Major companies rely on regional and local distributors to increase their share as well as geographical presence in the market. One of the major developments observed in the steel processing market is mergers & acquisitions. The requirements of the end users for processed steel is continuously changing making it essential for the manufacturers to continually invest in R&D and come up with innovative solutions. Companies are adopting inorganic growth strategies such as acquisitions to cope with the increasing demand for finished steel in key emerging markets. These strategies have aided companies create a large customer and partner base in key markets.
Investors and traders can participate in the base metals market in a number of ways. Investments can be made in individual companies specializing in particular base metals production, including steel company U.S. Steel (NYSE:X ) or aluminum company Alcoa (NYSE:AA ). Futures and options contracts of individual metals can be traded, such as copper futures (product symbol: HG) and options (product symbol: HX) on CME Globex. In addition, a wide variety of base metal exchange-traded funds (ETFs) exist, such as PowerShares DB Base Metal Fund (NYSE:DBB ), which is composed of futures contracts on aluminum, zinc and copper; SPDR Metals & Mining ETF (NYSE:XME ), which is made up of companies involved in the metals and mining industries; and iShares Dow Jones U.S. Basic Materials (NYSE:IYM ), which consists of companies involved in the production of basic materials. Read more: Investing In The Metals Markets http://www.investopedia.com/articles/stocks/11/how-to-invest-in-the-periodic-table.asp#ixzz4fGDaLNvK Follow us: Investopedia on Facebook