Cliffs Natural backs FY CapEx view $275M-$325M Says recommendations of proxy firms "clear and unanimous" that Casablanca nominees "should not constitute majority of Cliffs board." Says now is not the time to liquidate assets. Lowering FY CapEx spending about 65% from 2013 levels. Says will continue reviewing opportunities to further reduce CapEx spending without compromising production or safety. Says coal market conditions remain challenging. Says idling Pinnacle Mine "increasingly likely" given current market conditions. Sees cash tax rate 24% for FY. Sees cost cutting, asset optimization plans continuing. Comments made on the Q2 earnings conference call.
United Steelworkers union prepares for week of strike action The United Steelworkers union said it is preparing for a "busy week of events" at U.S. Steel (X), ArcelorMittal (MT), and Cliffs Natural (CLF), as the union's steelworkers prepare for various strike actions and rallies from August 19-21. USW notes that contract negotiations with the companies "continue to proceed slowly," though it reassured that the union committee "continues to meet both internally and with management as the process continues." Reference Link