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5 Steel Stocks for 2012

1. Metals USA Holdings (MUSA - Get Report) provides processed carbon steel, stainless steel, aluminum, red metals and manufactured metal components. The company operates through three main groups: plates and shapes, flat-rolled and non-ferrous, and building products group.

For the 2011 third quarter, MUSA recorded net sales of $492.3 million, up 43% compared to the third quarter of 2010, while earnings per diluted share were 45 cents compared to 16 cents for the third quarter of 2010.

Net sales for the first nine months of 2011 stood at $1.43 billion, up 48% from net sales of $968.2 million for the same period prior year.

Of the 10 analysts covering the stock, seven recommend a buy and the rest suggest a hold. The stock' average 12-month price target is $17.13, about 33.9% higher than the current price, a Bloomberg consensus shows.

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SYM TRADE IT LAST %CHG
ATI $34.32 0.00%
CRS $42.76 0.00%
MUSA $60.24 0.00%
NUE $48.10 0.00%
STLD $21.75 0.00%

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