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More top-performing CAPS members are feeling bullish about General Steel Holdings (NYSE:GSI) these days, enough to upgrade it from the four-star rating it has held for much of the past year to five stars. A total of 502 members have given their opinion on General Steel, with many of them offering analysis and commentary explaining the recent optimism.

The Chinese company reported record production for its first quarter, as shipping volume at its Longmen Joint Venture grew 39%, to more than 650,000 metric tons. Total revenue increased 10.7%, to $322.8 million, and earnings grew to $7.3 million from $2.2 million from last year. The surge in net income was enough to get investors worked up, even though a good chunk of the profit came from non-cash derivative gains. The company increased its cash and restricted cash to $213.4 million, compared with $145.6 million at the end of the previous quarter. General Steel also brought its gross margin back out of the red, to 4%, from negative 8.3% in the previous quarter.        

While U.S. producers such as Steel Dynamics (NASDAQ:STLD) and Nucor (NYSE:NUE) are poised to benefit from federal stimulus spending, General Steel is benefiting from China's stimulus spending and increased demand from rebuilding after an earthquake, both of which it expects to continue. Increased government spending aimed at boosting domestic activity in China and improving the world economy could also benefit companies such as CNOOC (NYSE:CEO), BP (NYSE:BP), Rio Tinto (NYSE:RTP), and Southern Copper (NYSE:PCU), which sell raw materials and energy to China.                               

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Fool contributor Dave Mock looks forward to upgrading his brittle bones to Terminator-style steel once the procedure is perfected -- hopefully in his lifetime. He doesn't own shares of companies mentioned here. CNOOC and General Steel Holdings are Global Gains recommendations. The Fool's disclosure policy makes everyone's day.