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February 13, 2013
05:55 EDTAA, AA, AKS, AKS, BCPC, BCPC, CE, CE, CNX, CNX, DGC, DGC, EMN, EMN, GRA, GRA, MOS, MOSMorgan Stanley to host a conference
Basic Materials Corporate Access Days Conference is being held in New York on February 13-14.
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August 31, 2014
21:48 EDTCNXCoal stocks may get boost from Russia tensions, Reuters says
U.S. coal company stocks may get a boost in the near term if worsening relations between Russia and the West motivate President Putin to limit Europe’s natural gas supply, says Reuters. Publicly traded companies in the space include Alliance Resource Partners (ARLP), Alpha Natural (ANR), Arch Coal (ACI), CONSOL (CNX), Cloud Peak (CLD), Peabody (BTU) and Walter Energy (WLT). Reference Link
17:00 EDTCNXCoal miners become more optimistic as prices stabilize, WSJ says
Coal miners are becoming more optimistic as a two year glut of the fuel that has driven prices down seems to be abating, says the Wall Street Journal. Plant shutdowns and a pickup in buying from China and India are leading to more price stability and what some see as a gradual recovery, added the Wall Street Journal. Publicly traded companies in the space include Alliance Resource Partners (ARLP), Alpha Natural (ANR), Arch Coal (ACI), CONSOL (CNX), Cloud Peak (CLD), Peabody (BTU) and Walter Energy (WLT). Reference Link
August 29, 2014
07:19 EDTAAAlcoa volatility low as aluminum trades near 18-month high
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August 26, 2014
10:24 EDTAAAlcoa volatility low as aluminum trades at 18-month high
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August 25, 2014
11:55 EDTAKSU.S. Steel gains after Credit Suisse upgrades on pricing outlook
Shares of U.S. Steel (X) are climbing after Credit Suisse upgraded the stock by two notches, saying that the company should benefit from an improved pricing environment and raw material cost advantages. WHAT'S NEW: An increase in U.S. demand for steel, along with tariffs that have been imposed on foreign steel producers and the possibility that additional tariffs will be imposed, are keeping U.S. steel prices far higher than previously anticipated, Credit Suisse analyst Nathan Littlewood wrote in a note to investors earlier today. Additionally, production at a number of American steel mills has been curtailed, the analyst stated. Moreover, U.S. Steel can obtain raw materials relatively cheaply, enabling it to produce some of the lowest cost steel in North America, Littlewood stated. U.S. Steel should become one of the most profitable steel makers in the world, according to Littlewood, who upgraded his rating on the shares to Outperform from Underperform and hiked his price target on the stock to $50 from $25. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Littlewood downgraded his rating on another name in the sector, Steel Dynamics (STLD), to Neutral from Outperform. Although the company has a high quality business, the recent outperformance by the stock caused the analyst to downgrade the name. Littlewood kept a $23 price target on the shares. On Friday, UBS wrote that the threat of new tariffs on imported steel could prevent U.S. steel prices from dropping significantly. The filing of requests for additional tariffs on foreign steel, or even the threat of such filings, could keep steel prices from declining in the short-term, the firm predicted. UBS upgraded AK Steel (AKS) to Neutral from Sell, while raising its price target on Nucor (NUE) to $11 from $6 and keeping a Buy rating on that stock. The firm raised its price target on U.S. Steel to $38 from $28 but kept a Neutral rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, U.S. Steel advanced 2.6% to $38.81, Steel Dynamics lost 0.3% to $23.24, AK Steel gained 2% to $10.89, and Nucor climbed 1% to $54.23.
08:31 EDTAAAlcoa to close Portovesme smelter in Italy
Alcoa announced that it intends to permanently close its Portovesme primary aluminum smelter, which has been curtailed since November 2012. The closure will reduce Alcoa’s global smelting capacity by 150,000 metric tons to 3.6 million metric tons per year. The Portovesme smelter was curtailed in 2012 because it was one of the highest cost smelters in the Alcoa system and had limited prospects for becoming competitive. “The fundamental reasons that made the Portovesme smelter uncompetitive unfortunately have not changed,” said Bob Wilt, President, Alcoa Global Primary Products. “We will continue to meet the commitments made to our employees and our stakeholders, acting in good faith as we have always done.” As committed to the government and unions, Alcoa has provided financial social support, along with outplacement and re-employment services for employees. The closure is aligned with Alcoa’s strategy to create a globally competitive commodity business and lower its position on the world aluminum production cost curve to the 38th percentile by 2016. Total restructuring-related charges for third quarter 2014 as a result of the closure are expected to be between $170M-$180M after-tax, or between 14c-15c per share, of which approximately 60% is non-cash.
August 22, 2014
10:42 EDTAKSAnalyst says tariff threat could protect steelmakers
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10:01 EDTAKSOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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07:01 EDTAKSSteel price outlook raised at UBS
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06:43 EDTAKSAK Steel upgraded to Neutral from Sell at UBS
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06:26 EDTAKSAK Steel upgraded to Neutral from Sell at UBS
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August 19, 2014
16:00 EDTAAOptions Update; August 19, 2014eBay
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 28c to 27.52. Option volume leaders: AAPL C HD PBR GILD AA NFLX TWTR TSLA EBAY according to Track Data.

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