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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.
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March 23, 2015
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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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.
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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10:23 EDTNUEHigh option volume stocks
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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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08:24 EDTSTLDSteel Dynamics has more upside ahead, says Morgan Stanley
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March 18, 2015
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
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.
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.
March 16, 2015
12:42 EDTXU.S. Steel trades lower with peers, levels to watch
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12:39 EDTAKS, NUE, X, STLDSteels 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, NUE, STLD, 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 EDTX, AKS, NUE, STLDSteel 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.
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