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March 18, 2013
18:02 EDTSTLDSteel Dynamics sees Q1 EPS 17c-21c, consensus 22c
First quarter overall steel shipments are expected to be fairly flat in comparison to the fourth quarter 2012, as decreases in galvanized sheet volume are expected to be offset by increased long product shipments, including engineered special-bar-quality products, standard railroad rail and wide flange products. The global economic uncertainty continues to impact customer confidence and buying patterns. However, the residential construction market is stronger, and market optimism remains in place for improvement in non-residential construction demand, as modest increases in key directional indices continue to show signs of recovery from base historical lows. Automotive and manufacturing markets continue to be strong. Metals recycling financial results are expected to decrease somewhat for the first quarter, compared to the sequential quarter, as anticipated increases in shipping volumes are offset by decreased margins. In addition, the company's fabrication operations are expected to remain profitable for the fifth consecutive quarter, a possible sign of slowly improving nonresidential construction activity.
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March 31, 2015
07:31 EDTSTLDSteel Dynamics added to Analyst Focus List at JPMorgan
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March 25, 2015
12:54 EDTSTLDSteel stocks trade higher ahead of Congressional Steel Caucus hearing
Steel manufacturing stocks are trading higher ahead of tomorrow's testimony at a Congressional Steel Caucus hearing. WHAT'S NEW: The United Steelworkers, or USW, will be joining Chief Executive Officers of steel companies and other representatives from the steel industry on Thursday, March 26 on Capitol Hill to testify at a Congressional Steel Caucus hearing on the "State of American Steel." The USW and the steel executives will speak to the state of the steel industry and how policies on trade are impacting manufacturing in the steel industry. WHAT'S NOTABLE: According to the American Iron and Steel Institute, year-to date total and finished steel imports are 7.977M and 6.41M net tons, respectively, up 23% and 36%, respectively, vs. the same period in 2014. In the past month, steelmakers including Nucor (NUE), AK Steel Holding (AKS) and Steel Dynamics (STLD) all issued profit warnings. On March 19, Nucor said "Overall operating performance at the steel mills segment for the first quarter of 2015 is expected to decrease significantly compared to the fourth quarter of 2014," citing lower selling prices and margins resulting from the "exceptionally high level of imports flooding the domestic market." The company also said "Total imports increased 38% in 2014 compared to 2013, with imports accounting for approximately 34% of the total domestic shipments in 2014. Global overcapacity built by state-owned enterprises is the biggest risk factor to our business." This morning, United States Steel Corporation (X) announced plans to consolidate its North American Flat-Rolled operations and temporarily idle its Granite City Works operations. The company noted that the consolidation is a result of challenging market conditions that reflect the cyclical nature of the industry. Global influences in the market like reduced steel prices, unfair trade, imports and fluctuating oil prices, continue to have an impact on the business, the company said. Publicly traded companies in the space including U.S. Steel , AK Steel and Steel Dynamics are all trading higher while Nucor is fractionally lower in midday trading.
11:48 EDTSTLDSteel industry leaders set to testify on import surge, Bloomberg says
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11:28 EDTSTLDEU to impose tariffs on steel from China and Taiwan, Reuters says
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March 19, 2015
08:24 EDTSTLDSteel Dynamics has more upside ahead, says Morgan Stanley
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March 17, 2015
19:10 EDTSTLDSteel Dynamics expects metals recycling operations to record loss in Q1
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19:07 EDTSTLDSteel Dynamics sees Q1 adjusted EPS 12c-16c, may not compare to consensus 22c
Steel Dynamics provided Q1 earnings guidance. Excluding approximately $17M, or 4c per diluted share, of estimated premium and related expenses associated with the company's repayment of $350M in senior notes in March, the company provided Q1 adjusted earnings guidance in the range of 12c-16c per diluted share. Including these charges, earnings guidance for Q1 would have been in the range of 8c-12c per diluted share. During Q1, two important industry developments occurred: Domestic steel product pricing declined to levels that are now globally competitive, which the company believes will result in reduced steel import levels beginning in thQ2. Despite continued solid domestic steel consumption, product pricing decreased meaningfully due to delayed customer orders caused by the volatility in scrap prices and inventory buildup related to excessive 4Q14 steel imports. The company believes the surplus inventory can be right-sized in the April and May 2015 timeframe, which coupled with continued demand, should result in increased domestic steel mill utilization. Ferrous scrap pricing declined between 25%-30% during February, which the company believes will benefit metal margin. Ferrous scrap pricing disconnected from iron ore pricing during 2014, as iron ore prices declined dramatically, while scrap prices remained relatively unchanged. Historically these commodities are highly correlated; therefore, a sharp decline in scrap prices was not unexpected.

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