Materials and Metals


  • Coal trains await unloading at Port Waratah Coal Services on April 12, 2007 in Newcastle, Australia.

    Rio Tinto is investing $518 million in driverless trains for its 1,500 kilometer (930 mile) Western Australian iron-ore rail network, increasing network capacity as the world no. 2 iron ore miner aims to boost output 60 percent by 2015.

  • Australia's Fortescue First-Half Profit Nearly Triples Tuesday, 14 Feb 2012 | 8:55 PM ET
    Open cast mining for iron ore.

    Fortescue Metals, Australia's third largest iron ore miner, more than doubled its half-year net profit as it ramped up sales to China, but cut its production guidance for the current quarter due disruptions caused by bad weather.

  • Options Action: The XLB Trade     Tuesday, 14 Feb 2012 | 5:48 PM ET

    An options strategy on the materials sector, with Mike Khouw, Cantor Fitzgerald.

  • Global miner Rio Tinto announced on Wednesday a $3.4 billion expansion of iron ore mining in Australia, where it has mapped out a plan to lift capacity by more than 50 percent in anticipation of growing demand from Chinese steel mills.

  • Santa Rally Continues into January     Tuesday, 3 Jan 2012 | 5:00 PM ET

    The Fast Money traders weigh in on Tuesday's market rally, fueled by the financial and material sectors, and how to play it. Also, the trade on Acme Packet, down 19% after cutting its guidance.

  • 2012 Boom or Bust?     Friday, 30 Dec 2011 | 2:11 PM ET

    Discussing what investors can expect as the markets start a new year, with Charlie Smith, Fort Pitt Capital Group CIO.

  • Top Health Care Picks     Thursday, 29 Dec 2011 | 2:14 PM ET

    Health care stocks place third for the best performing sector in 2011 behind utilities and consumer staples. Sharing investor advice for 2012, with John Eade, Argus Research president.

  • Trading the Markets     Thursday, 29 Dec 2011 | 2:08 PM ET

    CNBC's Bob Pisani and Rick Santelli analyze how home builder stocks and materials are impacting the stock market.

  • Playing the Materials     Thursday, 29 Dec 2011 | 10:26 AM ET

    The materials sector has dipped to the second worst performing sector for 2011, with Frank Mitsch, Wells Fargo Securities senior equity analyst.

  • Market Outlook: Financials, Gold and Oil     Wednesday, 28 Dec 2011 | 4:06 PM ET

    Financials are taking a hit today on worries the euro zone will continue to weigh on the euro. Sharing perspective on the economy moving into 2012, with Tim Courtney, Burns Advisory Group and David Smith, Rockland Trust.

  • A Monster Rally for Risk Assets     Wednesday, 30 Nov 2011 | 5:00 PM ET

    Dissecting the day's major market news, with the Fast Money traders, including the rally in commodities, and banks, transports, materials & industrial stocks.

  • Fast Money Pros: This Rally Will Continue Wednesday, 30 Nov 2011 | 3:29 PM ET

    The market soared Wednesday, but if you think you missed the move, you’re wrong, say "Fast Money" pros.

  • Icahn: Will He or Won't He?     Monday, 28 Nov 2011 | 5:38 PM ET

    The Fast Money traders weigh in on the rally in shares of U.S. Steel, and Carl Icahn's offer to acquire Commercial Metals for $15 per share.

  • These Two Industries Will Outperform All in 2012 Tuesday, 8 Nov 2011 | 1:20 PM ET
    Outside the New York Stock Exchange in lower Manhattan.

    Material and industrial stocks are already showing early signs of growth in the U.S., making it a good time to consider buying their shares.

  • Trading the Materials Universe     Thursday, 3 Nov 2011 | 12:50 PM ET

    CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabera reports Greece will have no referendum, and Fast Money trader, Steve Grasso has the trade on the metals and mining sector, and the trade on energy stocks.

  • Options Action: XLB     Tuesday, 25 Oct 2011 | 5:50 PM ET

    Mike Khouw, Cantor Fitzgerald, with an options play on the materials sector.

  • Stocks Get Lift from Materials     Monday, 24 Oct 2011 | 3:41 PM ET

    Rick Fier, Confier Securities; and Frank Barbera, Sierra Investment Mgmt, shed insight on the 1% stock rally.

  • Invest in Banks, Materials, or Commodities?     Monday, 10 Oct 2011 | 12:30 PM ET

    The Fast Money Halftime Traders share investment advice on the rallying markets, and assess which are the best sectors now, with Pete Najarian, Optionsmonster.com; Stephen Weiss, Short Hills Capital; Steve Grasso, Stuart Frankel; Zachary Karabell, River Twice Research. Also, details of today's stock pops and drops.

  • Steel Industry Faces Tough Times     Monday, 10 Oct 2011 | 11:52 AM ET

    The materials sector has been down about 20% in the past six months, with CNBC's Kayla Tausche.

  • The Volatility Factors & the Global Trade     Friday, 7 Oct 2011 | 4:36 PM ET

    Discussing how investors can protect their portfolios next week, with Stephanie Link, The Street vice president of strategy and Komal Sri-Kumar, TCW chief global strategist.

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