10 Best Metal Stocks To Invest In

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The metals industry in the past few months has been characterized by intense competition due to a dramatic increase in prices, slowing economic growth in China — the largest metals producer in the world by some margin — and the emergence of new faces at the market. Companies that work in the sector are now investing in new technology to keep pace with the changing dynamics, including endeavors to reduce carbon emissions and development of carbon-capture solutions.

According to the World Steel Association, steel demand, after seeing just 0.1% growth in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, will climb above 4.5% this year to 1,855 Mt. In 2022, this figure is expected to climb to 1,896 Mt, representing a year-over-year growth of over 2.2%. One of the biggest drivers of the growth is the pent-up demand for steel. Since steel prices also dictate futures in the defense, transportation, energy, and construction industries, this will have a chain effect across the global economy.

Within the metals universe, China has emerged as an important player over the past few years. A real estate slowdown in the country and a government cap on steel production has affected pricing. Adverse weather and resurgence of virus cases have also played a part in the Chinese production of metals this year. In the coming months, market experts expect these trends to continue, stretching into the new year and beyond. Steel demand will likely reach pre-pandemic levels by next year.

Investors who want to ride this boom in the metals industry should follow the activity of institutional investors in the sector. Some of the top metal stocks to invest in according to hedge funds include Nucor Corporation (NYSE:NUE), Wheaton Precious Metals Corp. (NYSE:WPM), and Freeport-McMoRan Inc. (NYSE:FCX), among others discussed in detail below.

Our Methodology

Here is our list of the 10 best metal stocks to invest in. These were picked based on business fundamentals, analyst ratings, and hedge fund sentiment. The companies that stand to directly benefit from the increase in prices of metals like copper, iron, or alloys like steel were preferred for the list. Rare earth miners were also included.

The hedge fund sentiment around each stock was calculated using the data of 873 hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey.

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10 Best Metal Stocks To Invest In

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Best Metal Stocks To Invest In

10. Perpetua Resources Corp. (NASDAQ:PPTA)

Number of Hedge Fund Holders: 3

Perpetua Resources Corp. (NASDAQ:PPTA) is a mining company based in Idaho. The primary interest of the firm is in gold deposits but it also engages in the mining of other metals. B Riley analyst Lucas Pipes recently initiated coverage of the stock with a Buy rating and a price target of $22, touting the potential of the Stibnite Gold Project, presently being developed by Perpetua. The analyst termed the initiative as the “most compelling” gold project in the industry.

Perpetua Resources Corp. (NASDAQ:PPTA) stock has recently been affected by the news that John Paulson, a billionaire and one of the shareholders in the firm, is getting divorced, fueling uncertainty around his top equity assets.

Among the hedge funds being tracked by Insider Monkey, New York-based investment firm Paulson & Co is a leading shareholder in Perpetua Resources Corp. (NASDAQ:PPTA) with 20 million shares worth more than $152 million.

At the end of the second quarter of 2021, 3 hedge funds in the database of Insider Monkey held stakes worth $184 million in Perpetua Resources Corp. (NASDAQ:PPTA), the same as in the previous quarter worth $167 million.

Just like Nucor Corporation (NYSE:NUE), Wheaton Precious Metals Corp. (NYSE:WPM), and Freeport-McMoRan Inc. (NYSE:FCX), Perpetua Resources Corp. (NASDAQ:PPTA) is one of the stocks on the radar of institutional investors.

9. POSCO (NYSE:PKX)

Number of Hedge Fund Holders: 12

POSCO (NYSE:PKX) is a Korean firm that markets steel products. It is one of the top holdings in the portfolio of legendary value investor Charlie Munger. The company has recently made an offer to purchase Senex Energy, an Australian oil and gas firm with a market capitalization of more than $611 million. In early September, POSCO had revealed that it signed a multi-year agreement to supply Array Technologies, a firm that markets solar tracking systems.

As POSCO (NYSE:PKX) prepares to release quarterly results, it is worth mentioning that back in July, the firm had forecast that the operating profit in the second quarter would skyrocket to $1.9 billion, up 1,300% year-on-year, amid high demand and prices for steel products.

Among the hedge funds being tracked by Insider Monkey, New York-based investment firm Pzena Investment Management is a leading shareholder in POSCO (NYSE:PKX) with 992,644 shares worth more than $76 million.

At the end of the second quarter of 2021, 12 hedge funds in the database of Insider Monkey held stakes worth $161 million in POSCO (NYSE:PKX), the same as in the previous quarter worth $157 million.

8. Encore Wire Corporation (NASDAQ:WIRE)

Number of Hedge Fund Holders: 20

DA Davidson analyst Brent Thielman recently raised the price target on Encore Wire Corporation (NASDAQ:WIRE) stock to $150 from $115 and kept a Buy rating, underlining the potential the stock offered as a hedge against inflation and amid high demand for electrical components. The company, which sells electrical components and equipment made of different metals, recently beat market estimates on earnings per share and revenue in the third quarter by $5.59 and $128 million respectively.

Daniel Jones, the CEO of Encore Wire Corporation (NASDAQ:WIRE), said that the “integrated” business model of the firm had helped it post strong results and that he remained committed to long-term growth while addressing near-term challenges.

At the end of the second quarter of 2021, 20 hedge funds in the database of Insider Monkey held stakes worth $77 million in Encore Wire Corporation (NASDAQ:WIRE), up from 19 in the previous quarter worth $81 million.

Among the hedge funds being tracked by Insider Monkey, New York-based investment firm Royce & Associates is a leading shareholder in Encore Wire Corporation (NASDAQ:WIRE) with 413,779 shares worth more than $31 million.

7. Rio Tinto Group (NYSE:RIO)

Number of Hedge Fund Holders: 21

Rio Tinto Group (NYSE:RIO) is a United Kingdom-based diversified metals and mining company. It has interests in gold, iron, and other metals. The company has benefited from the massive increase in iron prices this year, although it was also forced to cut iron shipment guidance for the fiscal year amid labor shortages. The company has recently also received approval for a copper mine in Arizona from both the government and the courts.

In late October, Rio Tinto Group (NYSE:RIO) announced that it would invest at least $7.5 billion into different projects as part of a larger plan to cut the carbon emissions of the firm in half by 2030, way ahead of earlier targets it had committed to.

Among the hedge funds being tracked by Insider Monkey, Washington-based investment firm Fisher Asset Management is a leading shareholder in Rio Tinto Group (NYSE:RIO) with 12.9 million shares worth more than $1 billion.

At the end of the second quarter of 2021, 22 hedge funds in the database of Insider Monkey held stakes worth $121 million in Rio Tinto Group (NYSE:RIO), up from 20 in the previous quarter worth $134 million.

6. Commercial Metals Company (NYSE:CMC)

Number of Hedge Fund Holders: 22

Commercial Metals Company (NYSE:CMC) makes and sells steel and metal products. It is headquartered in Texas. It recently declared a quarterly dividend of $0.14 per share, an increase of more than 16% from the previous dividend of $0.12 per share. The forward yield was 1.74%. The firm stands to benefit as the US President prepares to sign a multi-trillion dollar bill into law that will require a lot of steel and metal to rebuild infrastructure across the US.

Goldman Sachs analyst Emily Chieng recently upgraded Commercial Metals Company (NYSE:CMC) stock to Neutral from Sell and raised the price target to $33 from $31, highlighting valuation multiples as a key reason behind the upgrade.

Among the hedge funds being tracked by Insider Monkey, New York-based investment firm DE Shaw is a leading shareholder in Commercial Metals Company (NYSE:CMC) with 1.2 million shares worth more than $37 million.

At the end of the second quarter of 2021, 21 hedge funds in the database of Insider Monkey held stakes worth $1.4 billion in Commercial Metals Company (NYSE:CMC).

In addition to Nucor Corporation (NYSE:NUE), Wheaton Precious Metals Corp. (NYSE:WPM), and Freeport-McMoRan Inc. (NYSE:FCX), Commercial Metals Company (NYSE:CMC) is one of the stocks that elite investors are buying.

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