SLX - VanEck Vectors Steel ETF

NYSEArca - Nasdaq Real Time Price. Currency in USD
+1.07 (+3.92%)
At close: 3:58PM EDT
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Previous Close27.33
Bid28.45 x 1000
Ask28.48 x 900
Day's Range27.81 - 28.53
52 Week Range17.61 - 39.75
Avg. Volume26,612
Net Assets35.68M
PE Ratio (TTM)N/A
YTD Daily Total Return-27.61%
Beta (5Y Monthly)1.43
Expense Ratio (net)0.56%
Inception Date2006-10-10
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    The VanEck Vectors Steel ETF (SLX) was trading higher early Monday after President Trump took to Twitter to announce that he's renewing tariffs on imported steel from Argentina and Brazil. SLX tries to reflect the performance of the NYSE Arca Steel Index, which follows global companies involved in the steel industry. Early in his presidency, Trump enacted tariffs aimed at supporting domestic steelmakers, a move that sent SLX higher by 24.5% in 2017.


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    In the last month, United States Steel (NYSE:X) stock has surged 30% already-from oversold levels. Still, the stock still remains underwater, down 27% year to date. That 2019 performance pales in comparison to the 4.7% year-to-date gain in the VanEck Vectors Steel ETF (NYSEArca:SLX), which holds 27 steel and related peers of U.S. Steel stock.I believe that the X stock is still in a downtrend and correction is likely to ensue after a brief rally. Macroeconomic headwinds and worsening of credit metrics are the key factors that will keep the stock subdued.U.S. Steel, being an integrated steel producer, is sensitive to fluctuations in the macroeconomic scenario. This is the first reason to remain underweight on the stock. Business fixed investments in the United States declined by 0.4% in the third quarter of 2019. This is in comparison to an average of 0.3% increase in business fixed investment in the prior four quarters.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsWith the private sector being the dynamic sector of the economy, it is clear that the slowdown has accelerated. Not surprising that the Federal Reserve has already cut interest rates three times in 2019.It is also worth noting that the global manufacturing purchasing manager index for September 2019 was 49.7. We are already in a manufacturing sector recession globally. The global services sector PMI was 51.6, but has been on a gradual decline. These are ominous signs for the global economy. * 7 Earnings Losers That Were Hit Hard This Season There are hopes that the trade war will continue to de-escalate as economic losses mount for both the United States and China. United Nations economists already warned that the trade war is a "lose-lose" situation for the world. De-escalation can provide some growth catalyst, but it's too early to expect renewed strength in the global economy. This is likely to have a negative impact on X stock. Worsening Credit Metrics for U.S. SteelWith clear signs of sustained economic weakness, I am concerned about the worsening of credit metrics. For Q3 2019, the company reported an adjusted EBITDA of $144 million as compared to an adjusted EBITDA of $526 million for the same period last year. During this comparable period, the EBITDA margin compressed by 900 basis points to 5%.The direct impact is on the company's cash flow and leverage. For financial year 2018, U.S. Steel reported operating cash flow of $938 million. Considering year-to-date 2019 numbers, the annualized cash flow is likely at $528 million.At the same time, the company's net debt increased to $2.1 billion in Q3 from $1.4 billion at the end of 2018. Further, U.S. Steel expects 2020 capital expenditures to be $950 million. With declining cash flows, it is entirely likely that debt will increase.Therefore, leverage has increased and I expect that to continue. It will translate into higher balance sheet stress in the coming quarters.I also want to point out that X stock is currently paying an annualized dividend of 20 cents. If the economic weakness persists in 2020, U.S. Steel is likely to suspend dividends. This can also result in stock re-rating on the downside. Final Thoughts on X StockAnother important reason to believe that X stock is likely to trend lower is the valuation. The stock is currently trading at a forward price earnings ratio of 60.54. If margin compression continues, the forward PE will remain expensive and makes the stock less attractive.Of course, forward valuations can change significantly when the industry recovers. However, I don't see that possibility in the coming quarters. The IMF opines that GDP growth in advanced economies will remain at 1.7% in 2020 after forecast growth of 1.7% in 2019. Therefore, 2020 can be equally challenging for U.S. Steel.Amidst all near-term concerns that will dominate the stock trend, U.S. Steel stock is worth considering in the range of $9 to $10. From a technical perspective, the stock is likely to find support at these levels. * 7 Under-the-Radar Retail Stocks to Buy Now Further, there is little doubt on the point that U.S. Steel has competitive positioning in high-margin end markets. This will help the company recover swiftly once GDP growth gains traction.I also believe that the company's investment in Big River Steel is likely to yield positive results in the long-term. Big River is a technology-oriented steel company with focus on new product development that caters to future demands from various industries. Big River Steel also boasts of the first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design-certified (LEED) steel production facility.Overall, X stock is worth keeping on the investment radar, but the stock is not trending higher anytime soon. On the contrary, shares are likely to cool-off after a sharp near-term rally.As of this writing, Faisal Humayun did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 7 Stocks to Sell Before They Roll Over * 5 Beaten-Up Stocks to Buy That Could Be Saved By An Acquisition * 4 Startup Stocks Getting Smashed The post Expect More Pain Ahead for U.S. Steel Stock as Macroeconomic Headwinds Persist appeared first on InvestorPlace.

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  • 5 Non-China ETFs Being Stung by Tariff Talk

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    It is easy to think that the ill effects of the trade war between the U.S. and China are limited to those countries. After all, the S&P 500 fell 5.67% in May while the MSCI China Index was more than twice as bad, plunging 12.74% last month.Unfortunately for investors considering international equities and exchange-traded funds (ETFs), the White House is not limiting its tariff efforts to China. Last month, the White House boosted tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods to 25% from 10%, but that is not the end of the U.S. tariff list.Rather, the President Donald Trump Administration is targeting other countries with tariffs, including some major developing economies -- explaining in large part why the MSCI Emerging Markets Index fell 6.63% in May.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips * The 10 Best Stocks for 2019 -- So Far For investors looking to steer clear of tariff-related controversy, these might be some of the international ETFs to avoid over the near-term. ETFs to Avoid: iShares MSCI Mexico ETF (EWW)Expense Ratio: 0.47% per year, or $47 on a $10,000 investment.One of the primary reasons stocks plunged in the final trading session of May was news that the White House is targeting Mexico, the largest trading partner of the U.S., with a slew of fresh tariffs. That sent the iShares MSCI Mexico ETF (NYSEARCA:EWW) lower by 3.6% on volume that was more than double the daily average. That was this international ETF's worst one-day performance in six months.On a standalone basis, tariffs are usually controversial, but those aimed at Mexico are even more so. While Mexico enjoys geographic proximity to the U.S., the world's largest economy, the White House views that trading relationship as uneven. Additionally, the tariff action against Latin America's second-largest economy takes on added controversy because the Trump Administration is essentially saying these tariffs are the result of Mexico's unwillingness to help with the illegal immigration crisis.EWW is the largest dedicated Mexico fund, and there may be some near-term hope for this international ETF."Mexico's president on Saturday hinted his country could tighten migration controls to defuse U.S. President Donald Trump's threat to impose tariffs on Mexican goods, and said he expected 'good results' from talks planned in Washington next week.," according to Reuters. VanEck Vectors Gaming ETF (BJK)Expense Ratio: 0.66%With the bulk of its holdings being domestic casino operators and companies with exposure to Macau, the VanEck Vectors Gaming ETF (NYSEARCA:BJK) may not appear to be the type of international ETF that could be stymied by tariff talk. But price action suggests otherwise, as BJK tumbled nearly 11% in May.Las Vegas Sands (NYSE:LVS), Wynn Resorts (NASDAQ:WYNN) and MGM Resorts International (NYSE:MGM) are all Las Vegas-based companies, but each has a footprint in Macau, the only Chinese territory where gambling is legal. Proving that exposure to China is problematic when the country is at odds with the U.S., Las Vegas Sands and Wynn fell an average of 22.5% last month, putting the two largest U.S casino operators by market value in bear markets. * 6 Big Dividend Stocks to Buy as Yields Plunge Bottom line: If the tariff war between the world's top two economies keeps gamblers away from the tables in Macau, BJK has the makings of international ETF that is poised to languish over the near-term. Vanguard FTSE Europe ETF (VGK)Expense Ratio: 0.09%Yes, the Vanguard FTSE Europe ETF (NYSEARCA:VGK) is a cheap ETF. And yes, this international ETF performed less poorly than the S&P 500 in May. Even with those positive traits, this international ETF could be vulnerable to more near-term downside if the U.S. decides to explore a new theater in the trade war. That theater being Europe.President Trump has overtly used harsh rhetoric against some European companies. For example, he has said that automotive trade imbalances favoring Europe are threatening U.S. automakers. The president is also pushing the European Union (EU) to take more agriculture from U.S. farmers, something the EU is balking at."Countries like France and Belgium have also balked at joining talks because of the Trump administration's refusal in 2017 to sign a global pact on climate change," reports The New York Times. "And leaders of the Green coalition in the European Parliament have said they will not sign trade agreements with countries that have not ratified the climate accord."Bottom line: The EU and the U.S. could very well be the next chapter in the trade conflict, and that is likely to be bad news for developed-market international ETFs, such as VGK. iShares MSCI India ETF (INDA)Expense Ratio: 0.68%The iShares MSCI India ETF (CBOE:INDA) and other India funds were stars among international ETFs last month, as stocks in Asia's third-largest economy rallied following the reelection of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. While Indian equities look good compared to the broad emerging markets complex, there is significant trade war risk with the U.S. here.Last week, the White House removed India's special trade status, a policy that kept billions of dollars of Indian imports to the U.S. away from tariffs."I have determined that India has not assured the United States that India will provide equitable and reasonable access to its markets," President Donald Trump said in a statement issued by the White House. * 7 Bank Stocks to Leave in the Vault Today, India loses its status as a beneficiary developing country. Time will tell if that move by the U.S. hampers India ETFs. VanEck Vectors Steel ETF (SLX)Expense Ratio: 0.56%The VanEck Vectors Steel ETF (NYSEARCA:SLX) is a reverse tariff play. The U.S. steel industry was one group that actually benefited from tariffs, but in a recent sign of some willingness to make trade concessions, the White House lifted tariffs on Canadian and Mexican steel imports.While not an international ETF, SLX predictably reacted adversely to that news. The steel ETF is down almost 13% in the current quarter and resides almost 30% below its 52-week high, putting the fund deep into bear market territory. Analysts are sounding bearish tones on domestic steel stocks, including some residing in SLX.Last week, Deutsche Bank lowered its ratings on Nucor (NYSE:NUE) and Steel Dynamics (NASDAQ:STLD) to "hold" from "buy" while hitting US Steel (NYSE:X) with a "sell" rating. But SLX could be reinvigorated when Trump hits the 2020 campaign trail in earnest, assuming he again promises to protect domestic steel producers.As of this writing, Todd Shriber did not own any of the aforementioned securities. 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