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March 26, 2013
07:41 EDTDOW, GMLP, LNG, EMN, AA, GLNG, NUE, CE, TGP, CQP, HUNU.S. manufacturing group calls to rein in LNG export plans, FT reports
A group of U.S. manufacturers, including Alcoa (AA), Dow Chemical (DOW), Celanese (CE), Eastman Chemical (EMN), Huntsman (HUN) and Nucor (NUE), is calling for a “balanced” approach to exporting liquefied natural gas, arguing that only a few more plants should be given permits to export LNG freely in order to protect jobs and investment in the U.S., reported Financial Times. Reference Link
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March 25, 2015
06:32 EDTCECelanese management to meet with Jefferies
Meeting to be held in Miami/Orlando on March 30 hosted by Jefferies.
March 24, 2015
09:38 EDTAAActive equity options trading on open
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07:19 EDTHUNHuntsman management to meet with UBS
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March 19, 2015
10:23 EDTNUEHigh option volume stocks
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10:16 EDTAAAlcoa falls, levels to watch
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09:12 EDTNUENucor sees Q1 operating performance of raw materials to decrease
Cites anticipated operating loss of approximately $37M at Nucor Steel Louisiana and decreased performanced of scrap processing business and natural gas drilling working interests. The production operations of Nucor Steel Louisiana have remained suspended since the equipment failure related to the process gas heater occurred on November 2, 2014. The company is close to completing the necessary repairs and adjustments to the process gas heater, and estimates that Nucor Steel Louisiana will be operational before the end of the first quarter of 2015.
09:11 EDTNUENucor says conditions remain challenging in energy markets
The company commented, "Conditions remain challenging in energy markets, in which the collapse in oil prices and continued high levels of imported oil country tubular goods products has caused an inventory glut in the pipe and tube sector. Automotive markets remain strong and are continuing to improve. We continue to see improving demand in the nonresidential construction markets. Once energy market steel inventories are rebalanced later this year, we expect overall steel demand to meet or exceed levels seen in 2014. The overall operating performance of the downstream products segment for the first quarter of 2015 is expected to decrease from the fourth quarter of 2014 due to typical seasonality experienced in the first quarter; however, the results of the downstream products segment in the first quarter of 2015 are expected to increase over the first quarter of 2014 due to both lower input costs and improved volumes, supporting the resiliency of the slow but steady growth in nonresidential construction markets."
09:10 EDTNUENucor cuts Q1 EPS to 10c-15c, consensus 40c
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March 18, 2015
07:56 EDTDOWDow Chemical management to meet with Deutsche Bank
Field trip to company headquarters in to be held in Midland, MI on March 18 hosted by Deutsche Bank.
07:10 EDTNUEPlatts to hold a forum
11th Annual Steel Markets North America is being held in Chicago on March 17-18.
March 17, 2015
14:35 EDTAAAlcoa to curtail 443,000 mtpy of alumina refining capacity at Suralco
Lightweight metals leader Alcoa announced that it plans to curtail 443,000 metric tons per year of alumina refining capacity at Suralco in Suriname. In addition, the company and the Government of Suriname have agreed to pursue a transaction for a Government-owned entity to acquire the Suralco operations. The curtailment and potential transaction are in line with Alcoa’s recent announcement to review upstream capacity for possible curtailment or divestiture and the company’s strategic goal to create a globally competitive commodity business. The curtailment, which represents one digester, is expected to be complete by April 30. Both parties now intend to pursue a transaction where a Government-owned entity would acquire Suralco, including the mining, refining and Afobaka hydroelectric operations. Following the appropriate due diligence, the parties are targeting to reach agreement on the proposed transaction by July 1. The company will work closely with unions and employees to reduce the impact of the curtailment on affected employees by offering fair severance packages. The Paranam refinery and related mining operations employ approximately 700 people, in addition to contracted personnel. The net financial impact associated with the curtailment is not expected to be material to the company’s earnings.
09:34 EDTAAActive equity options trading on open
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07:08 EDTAAAlcoa weakness creates buying opportunity, says Stifel
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March 16, 2015
16:00 EDTAAOptions Update; March 16, 2015
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12:39 EDTNUESteels stocks lower after report of rising China exports, analyst note
Steel stocks are lower after a Wall Street Journal report on increasing Chinese steel exports and an analyst note that lowered price targets on the sector. WHAT'S NEW: A Wall Street Journal report from Sunday night pointed out that China's steel exports rose 63% to 9.2M tons in January from a year earlier. China produces as much steel as the rest of the world combined and as the country's growth slows it is shipping its excess steel overseas, resulting in lower prices and spurring steel producers around the globe to seek government protection. ANALYST VIEW: In a note to investors, Jefferies said steel fundamentals stayed challenging throughout the first quarter and the firm lowered its price targets on a number of names in the sector to account for its reduced estimates. Jefferies lowered its price target on U.S. Steel (X) to $21 from $26, cut its price target on Schnitzer Steel (SCHN) to $17 from $20, reduced its price target on Nucor (NUE) to $57 from $61, and trimmed its target on AK Steel (AKS) to $3.75 from $4.75. Jefferies noted that a majority of its contacts expect steel prices to trough sometime in the second quarter and the firm said it believes "mini-mill" producers like Steel Dynamics (STLD) and Nucor are best positioned in the group. PRICE ACTION:In midday trading, United States Steel is down 1.24%, AK Steel is lower by 2%, Schnitzer Steel Industries is down 4.3%, Steel Dynamics is down 0.96%, and Nucor is up fractionally.
11:58 EDTEMN, DOWDuPont retreats after Bank of America two notch downgrade to sell
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11:49 EDTNUEChina steel exports set to rise from last year's level, WSJ says
As China's economy slows it is exporting its excess steel in greater amounts and is causing a backlash from other steel producers who are seeking government protection from falling prices, says the Wall Street Journal. China's steel exports in January were up 63% to 9.2M tons from a year earlier, added the Wall Street Journal. Publicly traded companies in the space include U.S. Steel (X), AK Steel (AKS), Steel Dynamics (STLD) and Nucor Corporation (NUE). Reference Link
10:02 EDTEMNOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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08:11 EDTNUESteel seen as likely to bottom in Q2 after weak Q1, says Jefferies
Jefferies said steel fundamentals stayed challenging throughout Q1 and the firm lowered its price targets on a number of names in the sector to account for its reduced estimates. Jefferies lowered its price target on U.S. Steel to $21 from $26, cut its price target on Schnitzer Steel (SCHN) to $17 from $20, reduced its price target on Nucor (NUE) to $57 from $61 and trimmed its target on AK Steel to $3.75 from $4.75. Jefferies noted that a majority of it contacts expect steel prices to trough sometime in Q2 and the firm said it believes "mini-mill" producers like Steel Dynamics (STLD) and Nucor are best positioned in the group.
06:45 EDTEMN, EMNEastman Chemical downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at CLSA
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