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June 16, 2014
11:29 EDTAKS, NUE, MT, STLDAK Steel rallies after BofA/Merrill upgrade to Buy
Shares of AK Steel (AKS) are rising after Bank of America/Merrill Lynch upgraded the stock to Buy from Neutral in a note to investors earlier today. WHAT'S NEW: AK Steel should be boosted by stronger demand for electrical steel in the second half of this year, driven partly by strong demand for the product from India, Bank of America/Merrill Lynch analyst Timna Tanners wrote in a note to investors earlier today. Additionally, the company should benefit from lower cost pressures, due to declining iron ore prices and a drop in its costs for Magnetation in 2015, Timna stated. Magnetation, a joint venture formed in 2011, produces iron ore. Tanners raised her price target on AK Steel to $10 from $9. WHAT'S NOTABLE: On June 10, Goldman Sachs predicted that AK Steel and another company in the sector, U.S. Steel (X), would benefit from falling raw material costs and stronger margins. The firm reiterated Buy ratings on both stocks. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other steel makers include Nucor, (NUE), ArcelorMittal (MT) and Steel Dynamics (STLD). PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, AK Steel climbed 5.6% to $7.
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August 26, 2014
09:50 EDTMTOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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07:35 EDTMTArcelorMittal upgraded to Buy from Sell at UBS
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August 25, 2014
11:55 EDTNUE, STLD, AKSU.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.
10:00 EDTSTLDOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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06:02 EDTSTLDSteel Dynamics downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse
Credit Suisse downgraded Steel Dynamics to Neutral due to valuation. Price target remains $23.
August 22, 2014
10:42 EDTAKS, NUE, STLDAnalyst says tariff threat could protect steelmakers
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10:01 EDTAKSOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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07:01 EDTSTLD, NUE, AKSSteel 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 20, 2014
16:33 EDTNUENucor files automatic mixed securities shelf
August 18, 2014
12:47 EDTNUENucor volatility at low end of historic range
Nucor September and October call option implied volatility is at 19, January is at 18; compared to its 26-week average of 21 according to Track Data, suggesting decreasing price movement.

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