Pyrex has always been more breakable than CorningWare. Could never put on stove, or, when hot, on a wet surface.
As for stainless steel, it is not magnetic, meaning that it will not act as a magnet to another metal object. That doesn't mean that a magnet will not be attrected to it. Magnets will not be attracted to aluminum, however, so if the magent, in your example, had not stuck to the pot, you could be sure that it was NOT stainless steel..