4-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Steel Dynamics

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Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, steel products manufacturer Steel Dynamics (NAS: STLD) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Steel Dynamics' business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Steel Dynamics facts

Headquarters (Founded)Fort Wayne, Ind. (1993)
Market Cap$2.96 billion
IndustrySteel
Trailing-12-Month Revenue$7.67 billion
Management

Co-Founder/Chairman/CEO Keith Busse

Co-Founder/President/COO Mark Millett

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)3.9%
Cash/Debt$456.7 million / $2.38 billion
Dividend Yield3%
Competitors

AK Steel (NYS: AKS)

Nucor (NYS: NUE)

U.S. Steel (NYS: X)

Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 96% of the 992 members who have rated Steel Dynamics believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include laborduck and QuarkHadron.

This past summer, laborduck tapped Steel Dynamics as a particularly strong selection: "A vertical, mini-mill steel company with growing opportunities for expansion ... and an excellent track record of returning value to shareholders."

Over the next five years, in fact, Steel Dynamics is expected to grow its bottom line at a brisk rate of 16% annually. That's faster than competitors like AK Steel (5%), Nucor (12%), and U.S. Steel (7%).

CAPS member QuarkHadron elaborates on the Steel Dynamics bull case:

Long term -- 5 years. Good PE, book value near share price. Dividend and it looks like earnings can continue to support it. Infrastructure building will need to get (re)started when economy starts to improve -- gotta happen eventually.

I needed some basic manufacturing in my portfolio, and this one seemed to fit the bill nicely.

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