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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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December 18, 2014
09:21 EDTAKSOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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December 17, 2014
18:34 EDTAKSOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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18:02 EDTSTLDSteel Dynamics sees Q4 EPS ex-items 38c-42c, consensus 45c
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16:46 EDTAKSAK Steel up 6% after better than expected Q4 outlook
16:32 EDTAKSAK Steel sees Q4 EPS 5c-10c, consensus 4c
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December 16, 2014
09:08 EDTNUENucor sees Q4 EPS 50c-55c, consensus 65c
Nucor noted that its Q4 range is comparable to 4Q13 earnings of 53c per diluted share and a decrease from the Q3 earnings of 76c per diluted share, stating that the qualitative guidance presented in its Q3 earnings release and conference call was, "We currently expect to see a moderate decrease in earnings for the fourth quarter of 2014."
December 12, 2014
08:45 EDTAKSUSW members ratify labor agreement for AK Steel's Ashland Works
AK Steel said that members of United Steelworkers Local 1865 have ratified a new 42-month labor agreement covering more than 800 hourly production and maintenance employees at the company's Ashland, Kentucky Works. The new agreement will take effect following expiration of the existing contract on March 1, 2015. The new agreement will expire on September 1, 2018.
December 9, 2014
09:38 EDTXActive equity options trading
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