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Bull of the Day: MRC Global (MRC)

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Today’s Bull of the Day is Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) MRC Global (MRC - Free Report) . MRC Global Inc., through its subsidiaries, distributes pipes, valves, fittings, and related products and services to the energy industry in the United States, Canada, and internationally. The company supplies products across various markets, such as upstream, midstream, and downstream. It offers ball, butterfly, gate, globe, check, diaphragm, needle, and plug valves; and other products, such as lined corrosion resistant piping systems, control valves, valve automation products, and top work components, as well as measurement, steam, and instrumentation products. 

Technically this is a steel stock, a company which makes pipes and tubes. The Steel Pipe and Tube industry ranks in the Top 7% of our Zacks Industry Rank. The reason for the favorable Zacks Rank lies in the recent earnings estimate revisions. Eight analysts have increased their earnings estimates for the current year while nine have done so for next year. The bullish sentiment has pushed up our Zacks Consensus Estimate for the current year from 72 cents to 87 cents. Next year’s number has gone from $1.09 to $1.20.

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