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Metals and Mining: Winners and Losers

Similarly, other companies like James River Coal and Alpha Natural Resources shed 5.4% and 5.2% at close last week.

Global steel producers are under pressure as the steel industry is likely to grow at 5% or less annually, over the next five years. As inputs and commodities prices increase, most of the companies are forced to raise their products prices to protect margins and earnings. Although demand is seen soaring, the industry would struggle in light of balancing between steel demand, rising inputs, and ability for companies and countries to afford price increases from producers.

Steel companies like Haynes International (HAYN), Schnitzer Steel Industries (SCHN), Mechel (MTL) and U.S. Steel (X) lost 4.8%, 3.9%, 3.7% and 2.4% during the past week, respectively.

Coal Stocks International Coal Group (ICO), Arch Coal (ACI), and Patriot Coal (PCX) eroded 3.6%, 2.9% and 2.3% in value, respectively.

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