Mechel Shares Dropped: What You Need to Know

Although we don't believe in timing the market or panicking over market movements, we do like to keep an eye on big changes -- just in case they're material to our investing thesis.

What: Shares of Russian steel giant Mechel (NYS: MTL) melted off as much as 11.9% of their value overnight on above-average trading volume.

So what: With little skin in the American game, Mechel isn't reacting to the U.S. government's steel-market moves today like U.S. Steel (NYS: X) did. Instead, Mechel and fellow foreign steel titanArcelorMittal (NYS: MT) are plunging on another round of European economy scares.

Now what: Italy and Greece are fighting to avoid national bankruptcies, which would put some serious brakes on construction and manufacturing operations in those and a few related economies -- and that's bad news for Europe-centric steel producers. But short-term panic often creates great long-term returns, as fellow Fool Morgan Housel explains. And Paul Chi sees buying opportunities in today's steel market. Putting your capital to work here may take nerves of steel, but risk and reward often go hand in hand.

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