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January 16, 2014
07:29 EDTF, MT, TX, AKS, XSeverstal VP calls Ford move 'wake-up call' to steelmakers, FT says
After Ford (F) unveiled its significantly lighter aluminum F150 pick-up, a vice-president at the North American arm of Russian steelmaker Severstal, Dennis Johnson, told the Financial Times that the move could be “the beginning of the end” of automotive steel production or provide a “wake-up call” to the industry. Reference Link
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March 25, 2015
09:06 EDTXU.S. Steel to consolidate flat-rolled operations
United States Steel announced it will consolidate its North American Flat-Rolled operations and temporarily idle its Granite City Works operations in Granite City, Ill. As the primary flat-roll supplier of Lone Star Tubular Operations, the consolidation is part of an on-going adjustment of steelmaking operations throughout North America to match customer demands. The company said it routinely adjusts production at its operating facilities to reflect market fluctuations. 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 will be working closely with its customers through this consolidation. The company will continue to operate its steelmaking operations in Alabama, Indiana, Michigan and Pennsylvania.
March 24, 2015
06:12 EDTFFord, GM considering asking for lower-paid workers, Bloomberg says
Ford (F) and General Motors (GM) are considering asking the United Auto Workers union to create a lower-pay tier of employee at U.S. auto factories, reports Bloomberg, citing people familiar with the matter. The union, on the other hand, is considering eliminating the existing tier structure altogether, according to a person familiar with the union leadership. The proposed lower tier worker would not assemble cars, said the sources. Reference Link
March 23, 2015
10:00 EDTMT, AKSOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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07:11 EDTXU.S. Steel shares at a discount to asset value, says Macquarie
Macquarie lowered Outperform rated U.S. Steel estimates and reduced its price target to $33 from $48 based on $480 HRC price expectations through the end of the year but said shares trade at a discount to asset value.
06:23 EDTAKSAK Steel downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie
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05:32 EDTMTArcelorMittal downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies
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March 20, 2015
09:24 EDTAKSOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Ctrip.com (CTRP), up 20.1%... Rally Software (RALY), up 17.3%... Nike (NKE), up 5.2%... Darden Restaurants (DRI), up 4.3%... Cheetah Mobile (CMCM), up 3.6%. ALSO HIGHER: Prothena (PRTA), up 40.2% after reporting positive results from Phase 1 study of PRX002... Viggle (VGGL), up 26.9% after confirming receipt of offer from chairman and CEO Robert Sillerman... Intercept Pharmaceuticals (ICPT), up 8.5% after announcing new data analyses from FLINT trial... Biogen Idec (BIIB), up 9.7% after presenting positive interim results from study of aducanumab... Pier 1 Imports (PIR), up 5.2% after being upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer... JinkoSolar (JKS), up 2.8% after announcing that it will supply 75 MWdc of its PV solar modules to Red Horse 2 project and following a strategic collaboration agreement with DuPont (DD). DuPont is up just under 1%. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: AK Steel (AKS), down 6.8%... Youku Tudou (YOKU), down 4.9%... Tiffany (TIF), down 3.3%. ALSO LOWER: Macerich (MAC), down 7.7% after Simon makes $95.50 per share "best and final" offer.
08:01 EDTFStifel says evidence supports Apple moving into electric vehicles
Analysts at Stifel say they see enough evidence to suggest that Apple is internally working on the development of a battery electric vehicle to be sold over the next five-to-ten years. The analysts are "intrigued" by Apple CFO Luca Maestri's background at General Motors (GM). They believe Apple's investments in manufacturing should be a key consideration for investors and point out the $40B spent by the iPhone maker over the past five years, with 80%-plus invested in manufacturing, is similar to GM, Ford (F) and Daimler-Benz and well above Tesla's $1.8B cumulative capex. The analysts say there is a "lot to think about" regarding Apple's move into the car space, including the regulatory environment. They keep a Buy rating on the tech giant with a $150 price target. Shares of Apple closed yesterday down 97c to $127.50.
March 19, 2015
18:58 EDTAKSOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Mattress Firm (MFRM), up 5.2%... New York & Company (NWY), up 3.1%... Rally Software (RALY), up 1.4%... Nike (NKE), up 4.2%... Youku Tudou (YOKU), up 1%. ALSO HIGHER: Prothena (PRTA), up 39.3% after reporting positive results from Phase 1 study of PRX002... SeaWorld (SEAS), up 1% after naming Joel Manby as president and CEO. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: AK Steel (AKS), down 9.1%.
17:20 EDTAKSAK Steel down 5% following weaker than expected Q1 guidance
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17:19 EDTAKSAK Steel reports Q1 EPS (23c)-(28c), consensus 1c
AK Steel stated that Q1 EPS has been significantly and negatively impacted by lower than expected carbon steel spot market shipments and prices due to unexpectedly high levels of what it believes are unfairly traded imports. AK Steel expects Q1 shipments of approximately 1.73M tons, a decrease of approximately 14% from 4Q14. AK Steel expects a Q1 average selling price of approximately $995/ton, or about 1% higher than 4Q14. AK Steel expects to benefit in Q1 from lower raw material and energy costs, as well as stable and consistent operations. However, the collective benefit of these items is expected to be significantly out-weighed by the negative financial effects of the shipment volume and selling price declines
11:24 EDTXStocks with call strike movement; X RIG
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March 17, 2015
14:13 EDTFMorgan Stanley questions GM capital allocation plan
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10:45 EDTXStocks with call strike movement; X BBRY
U.S. Steel (X) March 24 call option implied volatility increased 8% to 52, BlackBerry (BBRY) September 11 call option implied volatility decreased 2% to 50 according to IVolatility.
09:13 EDTFMSFT announced several partnerships with industry leaders
At Microsoft Convergence 2015, Microsoft (MSFT) announced several new partnerships with industry leaders. Teaming up with Microsoft, Ford Motor (F) will expand connected services for customers around the world with the creation of the Ford Service Delivery Network. Microsoft also announced several partnerships and collaboration agreements with leading companies in sales, field service, digital transaction management and analytics markets. Microsoft and InsideSales.com will offer its complete sales acceleration platform. Microsoft and FieldOne Systems announced their agreement to bring the FieldOne Sky field service management solution into the Microsoft Dynamics global independent software vendor program. DocuSign and Microsoft announced that the two companies will bring DocuSign's Digital Transaction Management platform to Microsoft Dynamics CRM users. Microsoft also announced the acquisition of intellectual property from Fusion Software which will add Voice of the Customer capabilities to Microsoft Dynamics.
March 16, 2015
12:42 EDTXU.S. Steel trades lower with peers, levels to watch
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12:39 EDTX, AKSSteels 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.
11:49 EDTX, AKSChina 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
08:11 EDTAKS, XSteel 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.
March 13, 2015
05:27 EDTFFord starts production of 2015 F-150 at Kansas City Assembly Plant
Ford marks the official start of production of the all-new 2015 F-150 at Kansas City Assembly Plant, which joins Dearborn Truck Plant in building the F-150. This means Ford has expanded production of the first mass-produced light-duty pickup truck with a high-strength, military-grade, aluminum-alloy body. In addition to producing all F-150 models and cab configurations, production at Kansas City Assembly Plant now includes F-150s with an 8-foot cargo box and heavy payload package to meet the needs of commercial fleet customers. The all-new F-150 is off to a strong start. In January, F-Series had its strongest sales month since 2004 – Ford’s best sales year ever for F-150. Retail sales increased 7 percent in February. These numbers make F-Series one of Ford’s fastest-selling vehicles, at just 18 days to turn on dealer lots – well below the light-duty full-size pickup truck average of 105 days. Combined, Kansas City Assembly and Dearborn Truck facilities will have capacity to produce more than 700,000 Ford F-150 pickups per year for availability in 90 markets globally.
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