The steel industry is part of the basic materials sector and consists of companies involved in steel production, mining, and related activities. Steel stocks, as represented by the VanEck Vectors Steel ETF (SLX), have slightly underperformed the broader market over the last year. SLX has provided a total return of 20.4%, below the Russell 1000's total return of 22.2% over the past 12 months, as of December 8, 2020. All statistics in the tables below are as of December 9.
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Friday is turning out to be a good day to be in the metals business, as shares of steelmakers United States Steel (NYSE: X) and Brazil's Companhia Siderurgica Nacional (NYSE: SID) roar to new heights, up 10.4% and 12.1%, respectively, in 1:50 p.m. EST trading. In regard to steel, Bloomberg News recently exulted at U.S. Steel's "47% breakout in November," asserting that supply shortages of the usually run-of-the-mill metal are behind the stock's rise.