Commodity Earnings on Tap: Big Week for Oil (COP, PSX, XOM)

As earnings season kicks into full gear, all eyes turn to the reports of some of the world’s most powerful commodity firms to comment on the asset class as a whole. This week sees the heat turned up on the energy space, as some of the biggest players in the world of oil are on deck, as well as a few other companies sprinkled in throughout the week [for more commodity news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter]:

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Investing In Steel: The Definitive Guide

Steel has been known to mankind for thousands of years; its use dates back to the 1700s and has played a key role in human infrastructure. While new stronger metals—like titanium—have since developed, steel is the most cost-effective option for building products, and it remains in high demand worldwide [for more gold news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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United States Steel Corp. (X) Looks Like A Steal

The bull train continues to roll ahead as generally upbeat corporate earnings haven’t given investors enough reason to take profits off the table. Major equity indexes have yet to deviate from their steep upward trajectory since the start of 2013, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 both posting fresh five-year highs and breaking past their psychologically significant 14,000 and 1,500 levels respectively. Amid the improving sentiment on the equity front, commodity prices have been all over the board, making it even more frustrating for those still waiting on sidelines to jump in; some are hesitant to go long given the stellar gains year-to-date on Wall Street, while others are fearful of missing out on the next bull market [for more market news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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Steel Prices Heat Up

Though not one of the most popular industrial metals on Wall Street, steel has certainly been under close watch in the last few weeks, as commodity traders brace themselves for what looks like an inevitable spike in spot prices. After several lackluster earnings reports, top U.S. steelmakers have made it quite clear that steel will come at a higher price tag in the near future despite weak current demand [for more commodity news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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Ultimate Guide To Steel Investing

Steel has been known to mankind for thousands of years but the cost of developing the metal was prohibitive to its widespread use in ancient times and throughout the Middle Ages. However, with the development of the Bessemer process in the mid 1800′s by Henry Bessemer, the costs of developing steel were more than slashed in half, allowing steel to eventually become one of the most ubiquitous and important metals in the world today [see also The Guide To The Biggest Companies In Every Major Commodity Sector].

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