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February 28, 2013
10:29 EDTXUS Steel calls active renewed takeover chatter
US Steel March 22 and 23 calls are active on total call volume of 10K contracts (1K puts) following renewed takeover chatter. March call option implied volatility is at 40, April is at 39, May is at 42; compared to its 26-week average of 44 according to Track Data. Active call volume suggests traders are positioning for upside price movement.
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March 27, 2015
10:45 EDTXUS Steel April and May puts active
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March 25, 2015
16:07 EDTXSunCoke says temporary idling doesn’t change U.S. Steel obligations under pact
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14:26 EDTXWells Fargo tells SunCoke investors not to panic
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12:54 EDTXSteel stocks trade higher ahead of Congressional Steel Caucus hearing
Steel manufacturing stocks are trading higher ahead of tomorrow's testimony at a Congressional Steel Caucus hearing. WHAT'S NEW: The United Steelworkers, or USW, will be joining Chief Executive Officers of steel companies and other representatives from the steel industry on Thursday, March 26 on Capitol Hill to testify at a Congressional Steel Caucus hearing on the "State of American Steel." The USW and the steel executives will speak to the state of the steel industry and how policies on trade are impacting manufacturing in the steel industry. WHAT'S NOTABLE: According to the American Iron and Steel Institute, year-to date total and finished steel imports are 7.977M and 6.41M net tons, respectively, up 23% and 36%, respectively, vs. the same period in 2014. In the past month, steelmakers including Nucor (NUE), AK Steel Holding (AKS) and Steel Dynamics (STLD) all issued profit warnings. On March 19, Nucor said "Overall operating performance at the steel mills segment for the first quarter of 2015 is expected to decrease significantly compared to the fourth quarter of 2014," citing lower selling prices and margins resulting from the "exceptionally high level of imports flooding the domestic market." The company also said "Total imports increased 38% in 2014 compared to 2013, with imports accounting for approximately 34% of the total domestic shipments in 2014. Global overcapacity built by state-owned enterprises is the biggest risk factor to our business." This morning, United States Steel Corporation (X) announced plans to consolidate its North American Flat-Rolled operations and temporarily idle its Granite City Works operations. The company noted that 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 said. Publicly traded companies in the space including U.S. Steel , AK Steel and Steel Dynamics are all trading higher while Nucor is fractionally lower in midday trading.
11:48 EDTXSteel industry leaders set to testify on import surge, Bloomberg says
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11:28 EDTXEU to impose tariffs on steel from China and Taiwan, Reuters says
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11:14 EDTXSunCoke oversold on U.S. Steel news, says Brean Capital
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11:13 EDTXSunCoke drops after customer announces plans to idle Granite City operations
Shares of SunCoke Energy (SXC) and SunCoke Energy Partners (SXCP) are both sharply lower after U.S. Steel (X), the principal customer of their Granite City cokemaking facility, announced it will consolidate its North American Flat-Rolled operations and temporarily idle its Granite City Works operations. The consolidation is part of an on-going adjustment of steelmaking operations throughout North America to match customer demands, said U.S. Steel, which noted that it routinely adjusts production at its operating facilities to reflect "market fluctuations." In morning trading, Suncoke Energy shares fell 11% to $15.01, while Suncoke Energy Partners dropped 10.25% to $19.87.
10:27 EDTXU.S. Steel responds to OSHA citations
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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 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.
March 19, 2015
11:24 EDTXStocks with call strike movement; X RIG
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March 17, 2015
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 EDTXSteels 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 EDTXChina 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 EDTXSteel 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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