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Two Ways: ArcelorMittal Drawn To Emerging Markets


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MT focusing on Emerging Economies

ArcelorMittal (MT) CEO Lakshmi Mittal told steel executives in New York yesterday that his company is shifting its strategy to focus more on lower-cost developing countries, rather than the developed economies of North America and Europe.

According to The Wall Street Journal, Mittal's reasoning is an acknowledgment that the long-term growth prospects are not in these regions, but rather in China and other emerging markets. ArcelorMittal's goal is to increase its production in the emerging economies to 50%. Currently, 40% of its total production derives from the emerging market sources.

From the Bull Pen: ArcelorMittal is one of the best steel companies around. A look at the daily chart shows strong support near $30, which also coincides with its 50 day moving average. Those bullish can set a near term sell stop below that level.

From the Bear Cave: For a bearish global play, keep the Japanese consumer electronics company Sony Corp (SNE) on the radar. See the double top at $28. Consider downside entry near $26.50.

Quick Check Around the World

Asian trading closed with the Hang Seng 2.02%, India 0.69%, Shanghai 1.02%, Nikkei 0.43%, and Taiwan 2.95%.

Glancing towards Europe, we see the FTSE 0.20%, CAC 0.64%, DAX 0.79%

As of 8:10 AM EST, S&P Futures are trading +5.0 to 895.00 and Nasdaq futures are +5 to 1429.25.

A Look at Commodities

Over in commodities, crude oil is trading -0.71 to 68.53 while gold is +2.50 at 926.80 this morning. Silver is +0.150 to 13.86 and copper +1.85 to 221.70.

The dollar index is +0.210 to 80.3850.

On the Radar


08:30 Durable Orders -0.9% cons
08:30 Durable Orders ex Transportation -0.5% cons
10:00 New Home Sales 360k cons
10:30 Crude Inventories
02:15 FOMC Rate Decision

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Shout out to my new friends at JRCO! Happy hump day and good luck!
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