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November 6, 2012
10:11 EDTX, SCHN, AKS, STLDSteel makers rise after AK Steel announces price hike
A number of steel companies are advancing after AK Steel (AKS) announced last night that it would increase the price of all carbon steel products by $50 per ton. The increase will be implemented immediately on all new orders, the company said. In early trading, AK Steel climbed 3.38% to $5.50, United States Steel (X) rose 3.60% to $21.89, Schnitzer Steel (SCHN) added 1.67% to $29.80 and Steel Dynamics (STLD) gained 2.78% to $13.68.
News For AKS;X;STLD;SCHN From The Last 14 Days
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July 1, 2015
13:05 EDTSCHNOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street remain higher at midday but off their best levels, which were achieved shortly after the open. The strength is being largely attributed to hopes for a resolution to the Greek crisis, but the move was also supported by better than expected domestic data on employment, construction and manufacturing. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., ADP reported the addition of 237,000 private sector jobs in June, versus expectations for 218,000 job additions. Markit's manufacturing purchasing managers' index for June came in at 53.6, narrowly topping the 53.4 forecast. ISM's manufacturing index rose to 53.5 in June, topping May's 52.8 reading and the 53.2 consensus forecast. Construction spending rose 0.8% in May, versus the expected growth of 0.5%. In China, manufacturing PMI's came in short of expectations. The HSBC/Markit PMI slipped to a final 49.4 in June from the flash reading of 49.6 reading, while the official manufacturing PMI fell to 50.1 in June from 50.9 in May. In Europe, Greece officially missed its $1.7B payment to the International Monetary Fund, becoming the first developed country to do so. The Financial Times then reported the Greek government was indicating it was willing to make concessions that get it much closer to creditor demands. The new proposal for budget cuts and policy overhauls from Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras was dismissed by European officials, however, and uncertainty remains high surrounding the next steps in Europe. COMPANY NEWS: In a blockbuster deal in the insurance industry, ACE Limited (ACE) agreed to acquire Chubb (CB) in a transaction valued in excess of $28B in cash and stock. ACE said it expects that the deal will be immediately accretive to EPS and book value, and by year three, the transaction will be accretive to EPS on a double-digit basis and will be accretive to ROE. The combined company is expected to be the number one global Property and Casualty insurance company by P&C underwriting income and the number two U.S. public P&C insurer by market cap. ACE shares advance 2% following the deal announcement, while Chubb surged 29%... General Motors (GM) reported its U.S. sales fell 3% in June compared to the same month of last year, while Ford (F) said its sales grew 1.6% last month compared to last year. FCA US, the parent of the Chrysler and Jeep brands, reported U.S. sales increased 8% compared with sales in June 2014. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Schnitzer Steel (SCHN), which rose 14% after BofA Merrill Lynch upgraded the shares two notches to Buy from Underperform and raised its price target to $21, saying it believes scrap pricing should be nearing a trough with stability expected ahead. Also higher were shares of Dycom (DY), which gained 7% after the company raised its fourth quarter guidance for both earnings and revenue and announced a $40M stock repurchase program. Among the noteworthy losers was Chambers Street Properties (CSG), which fell 8% after announcing a merger agreement with Gramercy Property Trust (GPT), whose shares also slipped 3% following the announcement of the stock-for-stock transaction. Also lower were shares of Peabody Energy (BTU), which dropped 24% after cutting its second quarter guidance on Tuesday night. The company sees its adjusted EPS below its original target due to multiple factors, including flash flood events in June and price drops in Australian metallurgical coal. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 88.42, or 0.5%, to 17,707.93, the Nasdaq was up 13.01, or 0.26%, to 4,999.88, and the S&P 500 was up 8.62, or 0.42%, to 2,071.73.
10:09 EDTSCHNHigh option volume stocks
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10:00 EDTSCHNOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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07:39 EDTSCHNSchnitzer Steel upgraded to Buy from Underperform at BofA/Merrill
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June 30, 2015
14:34 EDTX, AKSIron ore producers slide after Australia cuts price target on the commodity
Shares of iron ore producers are falling after Reuters reported that Australia reduced its 2015 price forecast for iron ore to $54.40 a tonne from $60.40 a tonne. According to Reuters, Australia's current projection on iron ore prices is based on its view that China, the commodity's main market, will produce less steel in 2015 and 2016 as as the seaborne supply of iron ore increases. PRICE ACTION: Cliffs Natural Resources (CLF) is down over 10%, BHP Billiton (BHP) is lower by 2.3%, and Vale (VALE) is down 4% in afternoon trading. Steel stocks, including United States Steel (X), AK Steel Holding (AKS), and Nuco (NUE) are also sliding in afternoon trading.
08:33 EDTSCHNSchnitzer Steel sees FY effective tax rate 4%
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08:33 EDTSCHNSchnitzer Steel sees incurring restructuring charges of approx. $10M
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08:32 EDTSCHNSchnitzer Steel reports Q3 adjusted EPS 0c, consensus (14c)
Reports Q3 revenue $467.3M, consensus $503.76M. Adjustments included charges for restructuring and exit-related costs and asset impairments. Third quarter adjusted results included an adverse impact from average inventory accounting of approximately $0.40 per share which compares to a second quarter adverse impact of $0.36 per share and a prior year third quarter adverse impact of $0.09 per share. Based on current market trends, estimated adverse inventory effects are expected to be substantially reduced in the fourth quarter. The Company reported third quarter loss per share from continuing operations of $0.31, including $6 million in restructuring and exit-related costs and $1 million in asset impairments.
June 29, 2015
15:23 EDTSCHNNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include Schnitzer Steel (SCHN), consensus (14c).
14:26 EDTSCHNSchnitzer Steel technical notes ahead of earnings news
The stock has been in a rounding bottom uptrend since hitting lows in late April. If the news is positive or exceeds current bullish expectations, the rounding pattern could continue to develop. The pattern would be complete at the $23 area, with $20.28, $21.59, and $22.42 as resistance levels on the way up. If the news is a bearish surprise, the 50-day moving average at $18 would be the first significant support. A breakdown below the 50-day would snap the current uptrend, with next supports at $17.32 and $16.54.
June 25, 2015
10:42 EDTXU.S. Steel June weekly calls active
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June 22, 2015
12:33 EDTX, STLD, AKSSteel stocks lag market after AK Steel sees Q2 results hindered by imports
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07:32 EDTSTLDSteel Dynamics sees Q2 steel ops profitability to be similar to Q1
Improved second quarter 2015 shipments will be offset by unexpected metal margin compression, driven by steel imports remaining much higher than originally anticipated, resulting in average quarterly steel prices decreasing more than average quarterly scrap prices. The benefit of reduced scrap pricing was realized in the second quarter; but, the continued flood of steel imports thus far in 2015 continued to pressure steel product pricing to a greater degree. However, steel pricing has recently begun to stabilize and domestic steel demand remains solid. Continued demand for the company's fabricated steel joist and decking products indicates the non-residential construction market is continuing a positive trend. Second quarter 2015 profitability from the company's fabrication operations is expected to be higher than near-record sequential first quarter 2015 results. Metals recycling financial results are also expected to be higher for the second quarter 2015, compared to the sequential first quarter, based on both increased shipments and metal margin, as pricing volatility subsided.
07:31 EDTSTLDSteel Dynamics sees Q2 adjusted EPS 20c-24c, consensus 24c
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