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Steel maker stocks fall after WSJ report a deal to end tariffs on imports from Canada, Mexico was close

Tomi Kilgore

Steel maker stocks dropped in midday trade Friday, after The Wall Street Journal reported that U.S. trade negotiators were close to a deal with Canada and Mexico to end tariffs on steel imports. Shares of U.S. Steel Corp. fell 2.7%, Nucor Corp. shed 3.6%, Steel Dynamics Inc. gave up 2.9% and ArcelorMittal slid 3.4%. Meanwhile, the S&P 500 was down just 0.2%. Among aluminum companies, Alcoa Corp.'s stock fell 1.7% and Kaiser Aluminum Corp. declined 1.5%. The WSJ reported, citing sources, that U.S. trade negotiators were trying to reach a deal on tariffs with Canada and Mexico to "push USMCA through Congress."