Jul. 29, 2014, 3:38 PM
- AK Steel (AKS +3.1%) moves out to two-and-a-half year highs after reporting a surprise Q2 operating profit and reversing from a $0.30 loss a year ago.
- AKS posted Q2 sales of $1.53B on shipments of nearly 1.4M tons, up 6% Y/Y despite extreme winter weather conditions that slowed shipments of iron ore pellets; sales in the year-ago quarter totaled $1.4B on shipments of ~1.3M tons.
- The increase in shipments was primarily a result of the recovery from the planned and unplanned outages at the Ashland Works blast furnace in Q1.
- The average selling price during Q2 rose 3% Y/Y to $1,095/ton as a result of higher spot market prices for carbon steel products.
- After overcoming Q2's challenges, CEO James Wainscott says AKS is "well positioned for a much better third quarter and second half of 2014."
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Jul. 21, 2014, 3:35 AM
- Severstal has announced that it will sell two of its North American steel plants to Steel Dynamics (NASDAQ:STLD) and AK Steel (NYSE:AKS) for $2.3B.
- The Russian steelmaker is attempting to rid its international assets to cut costs.
- Since last year, the company has been looking to sell the two plants, and the sale is not tied to the tensions over the Ukrainian crisis.
- Severstal reported EBITDA of $2B in 2013 - a 4% drop from 2012.
Jul. 14, 2014, 10:29 AM
- U.S. Steel (X -2.1%) gives up much of the bump it received late Friday on the Commerce Department's determination that Korean companies had dumped steel tubes into the U.S and slapped penalties of up to 15.75% on some Korean companies.
- Wells Fargo’s Sam Dubinky says the tariffs aren’t a game-changer for U.S. Steel, and remains cautious as it believes shares have been rewarded prematurely on management’s commitment to institute deep costs cuts, which while positive, could be overshadowed by weaker sheet pricing; the firm also thinks U.S. Steel’s cost advantage relative to peers will decline due to falling iron ore prices.
- AKS -1.1%, NUE -0.1%, STLD -1.2%, RS -0.3%, SCHN -1%.
Jul. 11, 2014, 4:32 PM
- U.S. Steel (X +3.2%) and other steel stocks surged near the close after the U.S. Commerce Department set duties of up to 15.75% on steel pipe from South Korean and eight other countries used in the oil and natural gas industry.
- The action reverses an earlier decision after the U.S. steel industry filed a complaint that it was being hurt by unfair competition from overseas.
- AKS +0.6%, NUE -0.5%, STLD +1.2%, RS +0.4%, SCHN +2%.
Jun. 19, 2014, 7:50 PM
- AK Steel (AKS) -3.9% AH forecasts a Q2 earnings loss of $0.02 to $0.06 per share vs. the analyst consensus estimate for a $0.10 gain.
- AKS says that, while it generally has seen improved conditions in the steel markets it serves, Q2 results will be hurt by lingering effects of extreme winter weather conditions and mark-to-market hedging losses, which it expects will be substantially offset in H2 2014 by lower costs for commodities or by gains in its hedging positions.
Jun. 16, 2014, 9:10 AM
- AK Steel (AKS) +5.1% premarket after BofA/Merrill upgrades shares to Buy from Neutral with a $10 price target, up from $9, citing better global electrical steel demand, falling iron ore costs which should start to benefit AKS in Q3, and an improving free cash flow story into 2015.
- The firm says AKS is the only beneficiary of lower iron ore prices in its coverage universe, as AKS still relies on third party iron ore for half its needs even with the Magnetation investment.
- AK operations should be back to normal by Q3 with the return of its Ashland, Ky., furnace in late Q1 and after playing catchup with customers, BofA ads.
Jun. 4, 2014, 2:39 PM
- A bullish outlook on steel released in Japan by Credit Suisse could be moving sector stocks in the U.S., Barron's Ben Levisohn writes, even though conditions for the U.S. industry don't look especially promising.
- U.S. Steel (X +3.9%) is enjoying its biggest one-day percentage gain since Dec. 23; some sources cite news of its idling two plants in Texas and Pennsylvania that produce tubular products for the oil and gas industries, but that was announced two days ago.
- Suggesting investors tread lightly on steel stocks, Wells Fargo analysts expect steel imports to remain at elevated levels as domestic vs. international price spreads are more than $100/ton across all flat and long products; imports typically increase when U.S. pricing is at a greater than $100 premium.
- Also: AKS +3.4%, SCHN +1.7%, CMC +0.8%, STLD +0.3%, NUE -0.2%.
May. 14, 2014, 10:46 AM
- U.S. steel imports (SLX) are approaching record levels, prompting calls for new import tariffs as well as the highest number of trade complaints in more than a decade, as a recent increase in China's steel exports heightens the tension.
- The surge in imports reflects oversupply abroad, which has cut prices, and strong U.S. demand spurred by energy drillers and a resurgent auto industry.
- A wave of U.S. trade rulings is expected this summer, but officials so far have refused to impose new tariffs on products used in drilling for oil and natural gas, which doesn't please Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio, who says operators of U.S. mills such as U.S. Steel (X), AK Steel (AKS) and ArcelorMittal (MT) should accept slightly higher prices for domestic steel.
May. 13, 2014, 2:08 PM
- Annual global steel oversupply is now running at more than $500M/year, twice as much as in 2001, according to a new U.S. steel industry-backed report.
- The steel industry (SLX) is facing its "biggest import crisis since 2001," and high levels of imports are continuing and are a threat to the profitability of companies such as U.S. Steel (X) and AK Steel (AKS), the report says; in Q1, imports by U.S. companies rose 36% to 10.6M tons, a trend driven by excess capacity overseas and by a strong U.S. market due to the esurgent auto industry, and oil and gas drilling.
- In response, U.S. producers are filing more trade complaints and seeking new import tariffs.
Apr. 22, 2014, 9:44 AM
- AK Steel (AKS -3.4%) reports a wider Q1 loss on higher production costs due to an unplanned outage of the Ashland Works blast furnace and high energy costs caused by extremely cold winter weather.
- Shipments fell 2.1% Y/Y to 1.26M tons, reflecting lower shipments of electrical steel and of carbon steel to the spot market, partially offset by higher automotive shipments; however, average selling prices rose 3% to $1,096/ton, primarily due to a richer shipment mix of value-added products.
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- Steel companies (SLX +1.4%) are higher after Cowen analyst Anthony Rizzuto says improving steel market fundamentals are likely to provide a catalyst for steel stocks to rise.
- With Q1's bad weather now finished, the domestic steel market appears to be tightening and sentiment improving, Rizzuto says, expecting investors to focus more on the outlook for the remainder of 2014 than on Q1 results.
- The firm rates US Steel (X +3.1%), ArcelorMittal (MT +2.5%) and Reliance Steel (RS +0.3%) at Outperform; AK Steel (AKS +5.9%), Nucor (NUE +1.7%) and Steel Dynamics (STLD +1.3%) are Market Perform.
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