Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co. ( RS Quick Quote RS - Free Report) is benefiting from strong demand across key end-use markets, a diversified product base and strategic acquisitions. We are optimistic about its prospects and believe that the time is right to add the stock to the portfolio as it looks poised to carry the momentum ahead. Let’s delve deeper into the factors that make this Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) stock an attractive choice for investors. An Outperformer
Shares of Reliance Steel have gained 23.1% over a year against the 6.4% decline of its
industry. It has also outperformed the S&P 500’s roughly 13% decline over the same period.
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Over the past two months, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for earnings for 2022 for Reliance Steel has increased 13.4%. The consensus estimate for 2023 earnings has also been revised 9% upward over the same time frame. The favorable estimate revisions instill investor confidence in the stock.
Positive Earnings Surprise History
Reliance Steel’s earnings outpaced the Zacks Consensus Estimate in each of the trailing four quarters, the average being 13.4%.
Reliance Steel is gaining from strong underlying demand in its major markets. It remains cautiously optimistic about the business environment in 2022 and sees robust demand in the majority of its end markets.
The company witnessed improved demand in non-residential construction, its largest market, in the second quarter of 2022. It is cautiously optimistic that demand for non-residential construction activity in the key areas in which it operates will remain steady into the third quarter. Reliance Steel is also seeing strength in semiconductors and energy markets. Demand also remains steady for the toll processing services that it provides to the automotive market despite the impact of global microchip shortages on production levels. Demand also recovered in commercial aerospace during the second quarter. The company has also been following an aggressive acquisition strategy for a while as part of its core business policy to drive operating results. Its latest acquisitions of Rotax Metals, Admiral Metals and Nu-Tech Precision Metals are in sync with its strategy of investing in high-quality businesses.
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