For Immediate Release

Chicago, IL – November 13, 2009 – announces the latest Industry Outlook. Today, Zacks Equity Research discusses the Steel Industry, including ArcelorMittal (MT), Steel Dynamics Inc. (STLD), AK Steel Holding Corporation (AKS), United States Steel Corporation (X) and Nucor Corporation (NUE).

A synopsis of today’s Industry Outlook is presented below. The full article can be read at

ArcelorMittal (MT) is the world’s largest steel company with steel production of 103.3 million tons in 2008. Other major players in the industry are Steel Dynamics Inc. (STLD), AK Steel Holding Corporation (AKS), United States Steel Corporation (X) and Nucor Corporation (NUE).

The Asia-Pacific region, especially China and India, is witnessing higher production and consumption of steel. This is due to the per capita consumption reaching up to U.S./European levels, which could, theoretically at least, double steel demand in the longer-term. China has set up the largest steel industries in the world, driven by increasing demand for rapid urbanization and large infrastructure projects. The country accounted for nearly 50% of monthly total world production in August 2009.

China’s share is larger than the combined production of the U.S., the European Union (EU), Russia and Japan, which have historically been the largest producers of steel. In 2001, China’s annual share of world production stood at 17%, while the EU accounted for the largest share at 18%. In eight years, China’s share of world production has almost tripled, while other producers have seen their shares decrease. Ranked behind China are Japan and the U.S.

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