ETF Trends
ETF Trends

Describing something as "steely" is usually a synonym for "coldness," but not when it comes to the steel exchange traded fund (ETF).

Market Vectors Steel (SLX), which launched in October 2006, is at record highs thanks primarily to booming global demand for the metal. Year-to-date, it’s up 19.6%.

In the Middle East, the steel industry is said to be undergoing a transformation. It currently accounts for only 2% of the global steel trade, AME Info reports. In 2006, the region produced 21.1 million tons of raw steel and consumed 41.6 million tons of finished goods. Those numbers are respectively forecast to rise to 35 million and 60 million tons by 2010.

In China, the number of steel factories has doubled in the last few years. Even on our home turf, steel demand is up about 30% ahead of its supply.

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