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June 16, 2014
18:01 EDTSTLDSteel Dynamics sees Q2 EPS 28c-32c, consensus 32c
Profitability from the company's steel operations for the second quarter is expected to be higher in comparison to the sequential quarter earnings. Both shipments and metal spreads are expected to improve across the steel operating platform, despite significantly increased import activity. The first quarter winter weather-induced slowdown in the domestic market has subsided. Demand from key steel-consuming end markets is expected to continue to trend favorably, more notably in automotive, manufacturing and construction. Residential construction rebounded as more temperate climate conditions existed. In addition, increased demand for the company's structural steel and fabricated steel joist and decking products suggests the nonresidential construction market is also continuing a positive trend. Second quarter profitability from the company's fabrication operations is expected to continue to increase based on both improved volume and margins. Metals recycling financial results are also expected to improve for the second quarter when compared to the sequential quarter, based on higher shipments more than offsetting ferrous margin deterioration that occurred due to decreased selling values.
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August 25, 2014
11:55 EDTSTLDU.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.
10:00 EDTSTLDOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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06:02 EDTSTLDSteel Dynamics downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse
Credit Suisse downgraded Steel Dynamics to Neutral due to valuation. Price target remains $23.
August 22, 2014
10:42 EDTSTLDAnalyst says tariff threat could protect steelmakers
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07:01 EDTSTLDSteel price outlook raised at UBS
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