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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Nucor Corp. (NUE) are decreasing by 0.14% to $36.49 on Wednesday afternoon ahead of the company's 2015 fourth quarter earnings results due out on Thursday.

The Charlotte, NC-based company has been forecast by analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters to report earnings of 23 cents per share on revenue of $3.66 billion.

During the same period last year, the company earned 65 cents per diluted share on revenue of $5 billion.

Nucor and its affiliates are manufacturers of steel products, carbon and alloy steel with operating facilities primarily in the U.S. and Canada.

The company's earnings call will take place at 2 p.m. Eastern tomorrow.

Separately, TheStreet Ratings Team has a "hold" rating with a score of C+ on the stock.

The primary factors that have impacted the rating are mixed - some indicating strength, some showing weaknesses, with little evidence to justify the expectation of either a positive or negative performance for this stock relative to most other stocks.

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The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures.

However, as a counter to these strengths, the team also finds weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

Recently, TheStreet Ratings objectively rated this stock according to its "risk-adjusted" total return prospect over a 12-month investment horizon. Not based on the news in any given day, the rating may differ from Jim Cramer's view or that of this articles's author.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: NUE

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