|Bid||27.46 x 900|
|Ask||27.47 x 1000|
|Day's Range||26.83 - 27.65|
|52 Week Range||24.84 - 47.64|
|Beta (3Y Monthly)||4.04|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||9.05|
|Earnings Date||Jan 29, 2019 - Feb 4, 2019|
|Forward Dividend & Yield||0.20 (0.72%)|
|1y Target Est||39.33|
China’s Slowdown: How Severe Is It This Time? As we noted previously, some of the recent data points from China don’t portray a rosy picture of the world’s second-largest economy. China has been steering its economy away from an investment-driven economy to a consumption-driven economy.
China has been accused of unfair trade policies. In addition to President Trump, other regions have found fault with China’s trade practices. The European Union and India have blamed China for unfair trade practices.
Steel companies sounded upbeat about the US steel industry’s outlook during their third-quarter earnings calls. While Nucor (NUE), Steel Dynamics (STLD), and U.S. Steel Corporation (X) have announced share buybacks, Cleveland-Cliffs (CLF) has reinstated its dividend. Let’s see what leading steel companies said about the US steel industry’s health.
The big post-election rally on Wednesday has petered out a bit as the week draws to a close. We know the nation is politically divided, and now the market is showing us its split personality as well. We warned investors on Wednesday that this could happen since the election was unlikely to immediately solve the issues of rates, tariffs, President’s Trump’s legal woes, or the slowdown in earnings growth next year. As a result, the major indices are trying to give back their Wednesday gains. ...
As we noted previously, steel stocks like AK Steel (AKS) and ArcelorMittal (MT) are trading with a year-to-date loss. Steel stocks have underperformed broader equity markets (DIA) in 2018 despite President Trump’s Section 232 tariffs. In this part, we’ll discuss the key reasons why bears love steel stocks.
Earlier in 2018, President Trump slapped a 25% tariff on US steel imports and a 10% tariff on aluminum imports. For US steel and iron ore producers like U.S. Steel Corporation (X), AK Steel (AKS), and Cleveland-Cliffs (CLF), the higher level of imports is their greatest challenge. The companies said that the imports are unfairly subsidized by foreign governments.
China’s steel and aluminum overcapacity has received flak from its trading partners. Earlier this year, President Trump imposed tariffs on steel and aluminum imports in a bid to protect US manufacturers (DIA). In this part, we’ll discuss China’s October steel exports data in light of US tariffs.
DataTrek estimates that, in the past 12 months, S&P 500 companies have spent $646 billion purchasing their own stock, a 29% increase over the previous year. Companies, on the other hand, may buy back their shares if they believe they're undervalued or to increase earnings per share (EPS), both of which help the stock price rise and attract greater investor interest. "Corporate repurchases remain the largest source of demand for shares," wrote David Kostin, chief U.S. equity strategist at The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. ( GS), per CNBC.
U.S. Steel Corporation (X) released its third-quarter earnings on November 1 after the markets closed. The company reported revenues of $3.73 billion in the third quarter—compared to revenues of $3.60 billion in the second quarter and $3.25 billion in the third quarter of 2017.
Nucor (NUE), the largest US-based steel producer, released its third-quarter earnings on October 18. The company reported revenues of $6.74 billion in the third quarter—compared to $6.46 billion in the second quarter and $5.17 billion in the third quarter of 2017.
AK Steel (AKS) reported its third-quarter earnings on October 25 after the markets closed. The company reported revenues of $1.74 billion in the third quarter—compared to revenues of $1.75 billion in the second quarter and $1.49 billion in the third quarter of 2017. AK Steel reported an adjusted EBITDA of $161 million in the third quarter. In comparison, the company posted an adjusted EBITDA of $148 million in the second quarter and $69 million in the third quarter of 2017.
Steel Dynamics (STLD) released its third-quarter earnings on October 17 and held its earnings call the next day. The company reported revenues of $3.22 billion in the third quarter—compared to $3.09 billion in the second quarter and $2.44 billion in the third quarter of 2017. The company generated an EPS of $1.69 in the third quarter. The company posted an EPS of $1.53 in the second quarter and $0.64 in the third quarter of 2017. Steel Dynamics posted a record adjusted EBITDA and operating income during the third quarter. ...
Now, we’re towards the end of the third-quarter earnings season. Talking of steel stocks, all of the leading US steel producers have released their quarterly earnings. Steel Dynamics was the first major steel company to release its quarterly performance on October 17. Nucor’s (NUE) earnings were released on October 18.
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As we noted in the previous part, U.S. Steel Corporation (X) announced a $300 million share buyback program during the third-quarter earnings release. Notably, life has come a full circle for U.S. Steel Corporation. The company raised cash by selling shares in 2016 to shore up its balance sheet.
In the final article of this series, we’ll look at Cleveland-Cliffs’ (CLF) valuation and compare it to those of its US steel peers (SLX). Among US (SPY) steel stocks (XME), U.S. Steel Corporation (X) and ArcelorMittal (MT) are trading at the lowest forward EV-to-EBITDA multiples of 3.06x and 3.65x, respectively. Cleveland-Cliffs, on the other hand, is trading at the highest multiple of 5.9x.
During the third-quarter earnings release, U.S. Steel Corporation (X) announced a $300 million share buyback program. Steel Dynamics (STLD) and Nucor (NUE) also have share buyback programs in place. Cleveland-Cliffs (CLF) reinstated its dividend during its third-quarter earnings release.
U.S. Steel Corporation (X) is trading with a YTD (year-to-date) loss of 20.3% based on its closing prices on November 2. Other steel companies like AK Steel (AKS) and Nucor (NUE) are also trading with YTD losses. Cleveland-Cliffs (CLF) has outperformed US steel producers by a wide margin and gained 48.8%. In this part, we’ll see what changed for U.S. Steel Corporation after President Trump imposed the Section 232 tariffs.
U.S. Steel Corporation (X) released its third-quarter earnings on November 1. The company’s steel shipments were 3.94 million tons in the third quarter—similar to the sequential quarter. The company reported shipments of 3.79 tons in the third quarter of 2017. The company’s Flat-Rolled segment reported an average steel selling price of $859 per ton during the quarter—a sequential rise of 4.9%.
U.S. Steel Corporation (X) released its third-quarter earnings on November 1 after the markets closed. The company held its earnings call the next day. U.S. Steel Corporation’s earnings were in line in its guidance. While Cleveland-Cliffs (CLF) and Nucor’s (NUE) third-quarter earnings were slightly short of analysts’ expectations, AK Steel’s (AKS) earnings fell well short of analysts’ top and bottom-line estimates. The markets also punished the stock after its third-quarter earnings release. ...
Steel prices are a major driver of steelmakers’ earnings and revenues. Due to the impact of trade tariffs, HRC (hot rolled coil) prices in the United States (SPY) (IVV) have risen in the double digits in contrast to the falls seen elsewhere.
In the US steel sector, demand for steel drives US steelmakers’ (SLX) revenues. As a result, investors who are interested in Cleveland-Cliffs (CLF) will likely want to track US steel demand.
U.S. Steel Corp. CEO David Burritt said details on a major furnace project for the steelmaker could come into light once an agreement with the United Steelworkers is ratified.
SA reached a tentative deal on a new labor contract covering about 15,000 workers after several months of negotiations. The four-year agreement for workers includes wage increases between 3% and 4% each year and a $4,000 ratification bonus. “The proposed four-year agreement mirrors the industry standard on wages, lump-sum payments and pensions and maintains or improves our existing health-insurance benefits for active and retired Steelworkers and their dependents,” the steelworkers union said in prepared remarks.