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August 25, 2014
11:55 EDTSTLD, NUE, X, AKSU.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.
News For X;STLD;AKS;NUE From The Last 14 Days
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April 20, 2015
18:04 EDTSTLDSteel Dynamics sees Q2 being 'transitional'
Mark Millett, CEO of Steel Dynamics stated, "As the expected reduction in steel import volume and sustained lower scrap costs occur, we anticipate improved results in Q2, and throughout the remainder of the year. We believe Q2 will be transitional, and the timing of recovery may be later in the quarter than originally anticipated, as imports have not declined as quickly as originally anticipated, but we are seeing positive signs. While we continue to strengthen our financial position through strong cash flow generation, and execute our long-term strategy, we are well-positioned to grow. Customer focus, coupled with our market diversification and low-cost operating platforms, support our ability to maintain our best-in-class performance. We believe we are poised to capitalize on meaningful growth opportunities, both near-term and in the future, that will benefit our customers, shareholders, employees and communities."
18:02 EDTSTLDSteel Dynamics reports Q1 adjusted EPS 17c, consensus 15c
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15:37 EDTSTLDNotable companies reporting after market close
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April 15, 2015
15:25 EDTXU.S. Steel makes management changes at European and North American operations
U.S. Steel announced two management changes at its European and North American operating facilities. Scott Buckiso has been named vice president European Solutions and president U. S. Steel Kosice, succeeding George Babcoke, who has elected to retire following 39 years of service with the company. Amy Smith-Yoder will succeed Buckiso as general manager Mon Valley Works. The changes are effective May 31. In his new role, Buckiso will assume executive responsibility for the company's operations in the Slovak Republic.
11:33 EDTAKSAK Steel announces the retirement of Chief Legal and Administrative Officer
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10:46 EDTSTLD, X, NUE, AKSBofA/Merrill metals/mining/steel analysts hold analyst/industry conference call
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10:36 EDTXBofA/Merrill U.S. credit analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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09:17 EDTXU.S. Steel makes management changes at European and North American operations
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April 6, 2015
15:06 EDTXUS Steel volatility elevated
US Steel April call option implied volatility is at 49, May is at 52, July is at 48; compared to its 26-week average of 46 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement.
11:52 EDTXStocks with call strike movement; X GPRO
U.S. Steel (X) July 29 call option implied volatility increased 4% to 47, GoPro (GPRO) October 50 call option implied volatility decreased 2% to 47 according to IVolatility.

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