| Nucor manufactures steel and steel products. Co.'s operations include international trading and sales companies that buy and sell steel and steel products. Co.'s segments are: steel mills, which produces sheet steel, plate steel, structural steel, and bar steel; steel products, which produces hollow structural section steel tubing, electrical conduit, steel joists and joist girders, steel deck, cold finished steel, steel fasteners, metal building systems, and wire and wire mesh; and raw materials, which produces direct reduced iron (DRI), brokers ferrous and nonferrous metals, pig iron, hot briquetted iron and DRI, supplies ferro-alloys, and processes ferrous and nonferrous scrap metal. |
When researching a stock like Nucor, many investors are the most familiar with Fundamental Analysis — looking at a company's balance sheet, earnings, revenues, and what's happening in that company's underlying business. Investors who use Fundamental Analysis to identify good stocks to buy or sell can also benefit from NUE Technical Analysis to help find a good entry or exit point. Technical Analysis is blind to the fundamentals and looks only at the trading data for NUE stock — the real life supply and demand for the stock over time — and examines that data in different ways. One of those ways is to calculate a Simpe Moving Average ("SMA") by looking back a certain number of days. One of the most popular "longer look-backs" is the NUE 200 day moving average ("NUE 200 DMA"), while one of the most popular "shorter look-backs" is the NUE 50 day moving average ("NUE 50 DMA"). A chart showing both of these popular moving averages is shown on this page for Nucor. Comparing two moving averages against each other can be a useful visualization tool: by calculating the difference between the NUE 200 DMA and the NUE 50 DMA, we get a moving average convergence divergence indicator ("NUE MACD"). The NUE MACD chart, in conjunction with the chart of the moving averages, basically helps in visualizing how the moving averages are showing convergence (moving closer together), or divergence (moving farther apart).