With an average daily trading volume of around 79,000 shares during the past three months, concrete steel-making specialist Insteel Industries (IIIN) doesn't get a whole lot of attention on the stock market. Not like other commodity-industry darlings like Alcoa (AA) , where -- during the past three months -- more than 30 million of its shares on average exchange hands each day.
But in that same three-month span, Insteel investors have seen their wealth surge almost 12%, crushing the 5% decline in the S&P 500 (SPX) index. With Insteel stock climbing from $15.37 at the beginning of October to its current level of around $20 per share, investors want to know if the company can maintain its growth.
Headquartered in Mount Airy, N.C., Insteel will report first quarter fiscal 2016 earnings results before the opening bell Thursday. For the quarter that ended in December, analysts expect Insteel to earn 35 cents a share, up 59%, on revenue of $103.24 million, down 6.7% from last year. For the full year, ending in September, earnings are projected to be $1.65 a share, up 46%, while revenue of $429.32 million would mark a decline of 4.10%.
Insteel, which competes with prominent steel-making companies likes of Nucor (NUE) and U.S. Steel (X) , specializes in steel wire reinforcement products -- the type used to build commercial buildings and various public structures, including roads. The company also makes concrete pipes and engineered structural mesh, which are sold to manufacturers to be used in non-residential construction.