Stephen Simpson, CFA
Long only, growth at reasonable price, value, research analyst

Improving Results, Markets, And Operations For Steel Dynamics

This has been a disappointing year so far for most steel producers, as Nucor (NYSE:NUE) has fallen about 5% year-to-date, while Commercial Metals has fallen more than 10%, ArcelorMittal (NYSE:MT) almost 16%, and Gerdau more than 23%. Steel Dynamics (NASDAQ:STLD) had been doing comparatively okay, tracking close to Nucor before the announcement of a potentially transformative acquisition and solid second quarter earnings. Although Steel Dynamics shares don't leap out as cheap right now, an improving steel market could support positive estimate revisions and a higher stock price.

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As Steel Dynamics typically provides updated guidance about a month before reporting earnings, there usually aren't tremendous surprises...

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