Gerdau Stock Hits New 52-Week Low (GGB)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Gerdau (NYSE: GGB) hit a new 52-week low Friday as it is currently trading at $5.98, below its previous 52-week low of $6.01 with 3.6 million shares traded as of 2:20 p.m. ET. Average volume has been 5.3 million shares over the past 30 days.

Gerdau has a market cap of $10.41 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and metals & mining industry. Shares are down 31.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

Gerdau S.A. engages in the production and commercialization of steel products worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 5.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Gerdau as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its reasonable valuation levels and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins. You can view the full Gerdau Ratings Report.

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