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June 24, 2013
13:48 EDTAKSAK Steel says incident occured at Middletown Ohio Works facility
AK Steel said that the blast furnace at its Middletown Works facility experienced a mechanical failure in the charging apparatus internal to the furnace on June 22. The company said that there were no injuries and it is continuing to assess the situation and investigate the root cause of the incident. The company said that it has a contingency plan in place and is executing the plan. The blast furnace was taken offline to prevent any damage to the furnace and to position the furnace for the start-up once the repairs are completed. Prior to the completion of the repairs, the company will utilize its Butler Works electric arc furnace and its Ashland Works blast furnace and, to the extent necessary, purchase merchant carbon slabs to service its customers. At this time, the company does not have a specific estimate of the cost or an exact date for completion of the repairs, though it currently expects to complete the repairs as early as sometime in July, though the repairs may be completed later in the third quarter. The company noted that it maintains property damage and business interruption insurance, and it currently expects that its uninsured losses will be between $10M-$27.5M. The company currently expects this outage will impact both the second and third quarter shipments and financial results.
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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.
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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