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Steeling The Signals: December Update

Broad-based indications of strength are evident throughout the steel channels and there appears to be increasing probability of upward movement in spot market prices (looking out 3-4 quarters). The contact narrative shifted to the unusual carbon sheet and plate supply constraints, heading into a normally seasonal-slow demand period, and future production deficit anxieties.
Nucor Corporation (NUE) issued earnings outlook that may be considered disappointing by The Street. Management provided a 4Q20 EPS guidance range of $1.02-1.07. The language within this morning’s release regarding Steel Mill trends aligns with the feedback collected from our checks. We also heard from Steel Dynamics (STLD) today, which issued an adjusted 4Q20 guidance range of $0.80-0.84, beating expectations. Continue reading

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Steel Dynamics (STLD): The Opposite of SteelMageddon – Raising Estimates and Target Price

What is the opposite of Steelmageddon? Whatever word just popped into your head is probably the best way to describe current domestic steel industry fundamentals. Following a closer look at the drivers behind the carbon flat rolled markets, and communicating with several channel contacts, we decided to increase our carbon sheet price forecasts and the estimates on STLD. Continue reading

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Steel: Demand Strength Justifies Increase Attempt, But Supply Is Coming – Oh Dear…Born

There appears to be early support for the latest mill price increase attempt on carbon sheet. After reviewing some of the signals coming out of the steel channel this week, we expect at least one-half of the attempted +$40/ton spot adjustment to stick. For the first time since January, our survey is showing a real demand push, in addition to the modest customer sourcing panic developing in the MW region. Continue reading

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Steel Dynamics (STLD): Sometimes Mixed Is Good – Upgrading The Shares To A Hold

We are upgrading the shares of Steel Dynamics (STLD) to a HOLD rating as the shares have surpassed our previously-issued twelve-month target price of $27, falling 16% since the early-June downgrade (to underperform). The aggressive trading reaction to carbon scrap price headlines released earlier in the week could be the “final shoe to drop” in the metals & mining space. Continue reading

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Steel Dynamics (STLD): A Dynamics In The Rust? Starting Coverage With An OUTPERFORM

Steel Dynamics (STLD) looks interesting at the current price level. In a world where almost everything can be described as weak, distressed, hitting new lows, unprecedented, or uber-bearish, we point to one of the most frequently-overlooked industrial companies in North America, distinctly advantaged versus its peers and protected by its balance sheet, in our view. Today, we are initiating coverage on the shares of STLD with an OUTPERFORM recommendation and a twelve-month target price of $28/share, staying focused on the compelling risk-versus-reward profile, long-term market share opportunities, near-term pricing tailwinds, and projected CapEx ROIs. Continue reading

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