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Make 53% a Year in This "Left for Dead" Trade

By Dr. Steve Sjuggerud
Thursday, December 20, 2012

In November, my True Wealth Systems computers said to buy steel stocks...
Steel stocks? Who buys those anymore? 
That's what I thought, too... But then I realized my mistake...
You see, the exact moment that you want to consider buying an investment is when it's completely off everyone's radar. That's when you have the potential for the biggest gains.
And that's where steel stocks are today...
Steel stocks have been a losing trade for the last year and a half. The sector crashed 42% from early 2011 to its November low.  
The selloff can be attributed to China, the world's largest consumer of steel. China's growth has been slowing (down from 12% annual growth in 2010 to 7.4% today)... and that's bad for steel.
But my True Wealth Systems computers saw something else... They saw a dirt-cheap sector that investors had left for dead... and a downtrend that appeared to be ending.
Astoundingly, our computers nailed it. Steel stocks are up over 16% from their November lows. By comparison, the S&P 500 is only up 6% during the same period.
 Steel Stocks Have Outperformed Since Mid-November
And you haven't missed the opportunity yet...
Twice in the last 25 years, our system has caught most of the two 750%-plus megatrends in steel while in buy mode. And we have a similar setup today.
Importantly, while our steel stocks system returns 22% a year in buy mode, it has returned an extraordinary 53% annualized during those two spectacular trades.
This could be the beginning of the next megatrend in steel stocks. Here's why...
In short, investors hate steel. They want nothing to do with it – the same as they did right before the previous two megatrends.
Investors are fearful, so it's time for us to be greedy. Remember, the biggest gains typically come when you're able to buy an investment when it's off everyone's radar.
Investors have fled the steel sector in droves. The shares outstanding in the major steel exchange-traded fund – the Market Vectors Steel Fund (NYSEARCE: SLX) – are down 59% since 2010. Take a look... 
 SLX Shares Outstanding are Down 55% Since Early 2010
When shares outstanding plummet, it shows investors are scared. They don't want to own steel. They want out.
That's why SLX's shares outstanding are falling again... As I said, investing in steel has been a losing trade. Because of that, global steel companies are now trading for near-record-cheap prices.
The chart below shows what I mean. It's the DataStream World Steel Index versus its price-to-book ratio. Today, the World Steel Index is trading near all-time low levels...
 DataStream's World Steel Index Trading Near All-Time Lows
As I write, the DataStream World Steel Index trades for just 0.85 times book value. Remember... book value is a rough measure of liquidation value, so buying at today's price is similar to buying a dollar for 85 cents.
The easiest way to buy steel – SLX – is also cheap. It's trading for 11.1 times next year's estimated earnings. SLX needs to rise 24% just to reach the current forward price-to-earnings ratio of the overall stock market.
Buying steel companies is a bet on the global economy. The thing is, the economy doesn't have to get all the way better... It just has to get "less bad." But right now, investors are acting as if we'll never need steel again.
This is exactly what I look for in an investment... It's cheap, hated, and firmly in an uptrend. (Again, steel stocks are up 16% from their November lows).
Our upside is great. We could be at the beginning of the next 750% run in steel.
True Wealth Systems subscribers are already up in steel stocks. But this cheap-, hated-, and in-an-uptrend opportunity is likely just getting started... Check out SLX today.
Good investing, 

Further Reading:

From February to July, the big steel fund fell nearly 25%. And Frank Curzio told Growth Stock Wire readers about his favorite small-cap steel stock to play a rebound. "There's little downside risk to owning them at current levels," he writes. Readers who took his advice are already up double digits. Get the full story here: Why I'm Buying One of America's Most Hated Sectors.

Market Notes


Just like in airlines, the price action in financial stocks is good for America.
In yesterday's commentary, we noted how the "bad to less bad" rally we expected in airline stocks has occurred. Many airline stocks have surged off their late 2011 lows. It's a sign America is doing plenty of flying for business trips and vacations... which, in our opinion, is a good thing.
Another good thing going for America is the strong price action in the big financial stock fund, XLF. With large weightings in giants like Wells Fargo, JP Morgan Chase, and Citigroup, this fund rises and falls with America's ability to earn money, invest money, service debts, launch new businesses, and generally just "get along." 
As you can see from today's chart, financial stocks are strong right now. After bottoming around $12 per share in late 2011, XLF is now going for $16.50. Shares just broke out to a new 52-week high. The trend is up for America's financial backbone.
– Brian Hunt

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