U.S. Steel to be replaced in S&P 500

Screen Shot 2014-07-10 at 2.08.53 PMU.S. Steel Corp. (X) is out and Martin Marietta Materials is in. After five straight annual losses, the 113-year-old metal producer, will be replaced in the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index by Martin Marietta Materials Inc. (MLM) 

This announcement came late last month. The Pittsburgh based company was founded by J.P. Morgan and steel magnates including Andrew Carnegie, but according to a statement from S&P Dow Jones Indices the metal producer is too small for the American equity benchmark. 

“It’s an old name,” Walter “Bucky” Hellwig, a senior vice president at BB&T Wealth Management, said in a phone interview from Birmingham, Alabama. “There may be some short-term price movement based on the fact that it’s not in the index, but it’s not going out of every index.”

According to an article on bloomberg.com, U.S. Steel, the country’s largest producer of the metal by volume, has struggled amid overcapacity in the global steel industry and competition from cheap imports. It has posted five straight annual losses and the shares tumbled 12 percent this year. 

Shares of the Pittsburgh-based company were included in the Dow Jones Industrial Average (INDU) in 1901. Ninety years later, when the company was called USX Corp., it was dropped.

Martin Marietta, based in Raleigh, North Carolina, has seen its shares rally 32 percent in 2014. It has a market value of about $6.1 billion and the U.S. Justice Department yesterday approved its $2.7 billion purchase of Texas Industries Inc., helping the company gain entry into the cement market amid a recovery in the construction industry.


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