Head to Head Review: Nucor Corporation (NUE) & The Competition

Nucor Corporation (NYSE: NUE) is one of 28 public companies in the “Steel” industry, but how does it compare to its rivals? We will compare Nucor Corporation to related businesses based on the strength of its dividends, risk, valuation, institutional ownership, earnings, profitability and analyst recommendations.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Nucor Corporation and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Nucor Corporation 0 6 9 0 2.60
Nucor Corporation Competitors 289 834 944 29 2.34

Nucor Corporation presently has a consensus target price of $67.24, indicating a potential upside of 21.36%. As a group, “Steel” companies have a potential upside of 4.62%. Given Nucor Corporation’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe Nucor Corporation is more favorable than its rivals.


This table compares Nucor Corporation and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Nucor Corporation 6.08% 13.39% 7.20%
Nucor Corporation Competitors -1,550.91% 3.59% 2.20%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

74.9% of Nucor Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 58.1% of shares of all “Steel” companies are held by institutional investors. 0.7% of Nucor Corporation shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 7.6% of shares of all “Steel” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.


Nucor Corporation pays an annual dividend of $1.51 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.7%. Nucor Corporation pays out 43.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Steel” companies pay a dividend yield of 2.1% and pay out 60.2% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Nucor Corporation has raised its dividend for 43 consecutive years. Nucor Corporation is clearly a better dividend stock than its rivals, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Nucor Corporation and its rivals gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Nucor Corporation $18.24 billion $2.67 billion 16.06
Nucor Corporation Competitors $7.78 billion $1.01 billion 34.67

Nucor Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than its rivals. Nucor Corporation is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Risk & Volatility

Nucor Corporation has a beta of 1.54, meaning that its stock price is 54% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Nucor Corporation’s rivals have a beta of 1.37, meaning that their average stock price is 37% more volatile than the S&P 500.


Nucor Corporation beats its rivals on 12 of the 15 factors compared.

About Nucor Corporation

Nucor Corporation (Nucor) manufactures steel and steel products. The Company produces direct reduced iron (DRI) for use in its steel mills. It operates in three segments: steel mills, steel products and raw materials. The steel mills segment produces and distributes sheet steel (hot-rolled, cold-rolled and galvanized), plate steel, structural steel (wide-flange beams, beam blanks, H-piling and sheet piling) and bar steel (blooms, billets, concrete reinforcing bar, merchant bar, wire rod and special bar quality). The steel products segment produces steel joists and joist girders, steel deck, fabricated concrete reinforcing steel and cold finished steel. The raw materials produces DRI; brokers ferrous and nonferrous metals, pig iron, HBI and DRI; supplies ferro-alloys, and processes ferrous and nonferrous scrap metal. It also processes ferrous and nonferrous metals and brokers ferrous and nonferrous metals, pig iron, hot briquetted iron (HBI) and DRI.

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