|Bid||60.82 x 800|
|Ask||60.89 x 800|
|Day's Range||60.58 - 61.39|
|52 Week Range||52.17 - 87.75|
|Beta (3Y Monthly)||1.19|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||7.05|
|Forward Dividend & Yield||1.77 (3.00%)|
|1y Target Est||64.17|
SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean steelmaker POSCO's fourth-quarter operating profit rose 10 percent on increased sales and higher profit margins, according to Reuters' calculations, meeting analysts' forecasts. ...
Japan on Wednesday demanded talks with South Korea over a Korean court compensation award against a Japanese company for using forced labourers during World War Two, saying all such claims were settled decades ago. Ties between the Asian neighbours have been frosty since the court ruled in October that Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp should pay 100 million won (£70,074) to each of four South Korean plaintiffs. The court on Tuesday approved a request by the plaintiffs to seize assets held by Nippon Steel in South Korea.
South Korean plaintiffs in a World War Two forced labour court case against Japan's Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp have applied to seize some of Nippon Steel's Korean assets, their lawyers said on Wednesday. The application for the asset seizure, if approved by the court, could further strain South Korea's already frosty bilateral relations with Japan over the issue. Japan denounced a South Korean Supreme Court ruling in October that Nippon Steel should pay 100 million won (70,924.76 pounds) to each of four South Koreans to compensate them for suffering forced labour during the war.
POSCO's (PKX) performance will likely be affected by volatile exchange rate, despite focus on mergers and business expansion, strong demand and improvement in steel export.
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Moody's Investors Service says that its outlook for the steel industry in Asia in 2019 is stable, based on Moody's assessment of broadly steady profitability for rated steelmakers over the next 12 months. "In 2019, demand for steel in Asia will likely stay at levels similar to that in 2018, indicating a softening from the robust growth seen in 2018," says Kaustubh Chaubal, a Moody's Vice President and Senior Credit Officer. The strong profitability is underpinned by robust demand in South and Southeast Asia, as well as China's capacity cuts and strict environment protection measures.
A slowdown in steel demand in China, the world's top consumer, amid a cooling Chinese economy is a major concern for the steel industry.
POSCO (PKX) seems to be a good value pick, as it has decent revenue metrics to back up its earnings, and is seeing solid earnings estimate revisions as well.
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South Korea's top steelmaker POSCO posted its highest quarterly profit since 2011 and said it expected sales revenue for all of 2018 to be lifted by higher steel prices. The world's fifth-largest steelmaker raised its revenue outlook for the full-year to 64.8 trillion won (44 billion pounds) from its previous forecast of 64.1 trillion won in July, POSCO said in its filing on Tuesday. Steel prices (SRBcv1) in China, the world's biggest consumer and producer of the construction material, have risen nearly 20 percent this year, supported by disruptions to output from policies aimed at tackling pollution and excess capacity.
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POSCO said in a statement that it would also build a lithium plant in Argentina, planning to produce 25,000 tonnes of the commodity per year for 20 years starting from 2021. POSCO said the move would secure stable lithium supplies for its battery material manufacturing affiliate POSCO ES Materials.
Short selling of shares in lithium miners SQM, Albemarle, Galaxy and Orocobre has ballooned this year, reflecting what fund managers say is a sign of growing scepticism of an imminent battery boom. The heavy shorting of the stocks puts investors at risk of a short squeeze if project timelines meet or beat expectations, or if near-term oversupply of battery chemicals proves to be more seasonal than structural, fund managers and analysts said. Short selling entails a bearish investor selling shares he or she does not own in the hope of profitably buying them back at a lower price in the future.
Moody's Investors Service has assigned a Baa1 rating to the proposed senior unsecured USD notes to be issued by POSCO. "POSCO's Baa1 ratings reflect the company's leading position in Korea's steel sector, diversified product mix, and globally competitive cost position, as well as healthy financial leverage and flexibility," says Sean Hwang, a Moody's Analyst. The ratings also take into consideration the intense competition and persistent overcapacity present in Asia's steel sector, which constrain POSCO's core steel margins.