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

Steel Dynamics Grinding Through The Lows

I continue to believe that Nucor (NYSE:NUE) and Steel Dynamics (NASDAQ:STLD) are extremely well-run steel companies, but it's hard for even the best-run companies to make a lot of headway when imports help push prices down almost 40% in a year. Likewise, weakness in energy, off-road machinery, and "general industrial" is an ongoing concern going into 2016.

The good news is that Steel Dynamics has some internal efforts that can help, including ongoing improvements at the Columbus facility and efforts to improve its market penetration in categories like auto production. It also looks as though the government is going to help, as there seems to be a lot more momentum behind efforts to punish artificially cheap

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