Nucor Corp. Stock Hold Recommendation Reiterated (NUE)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Nucor (NYSE: NUE) has been reiterated by TheStreet Ratings as a hold with a ratings score of C+ . The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its reasonable valuation levels, notable return on equity and increase in stock price during the past year. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The return on equity has improved slightly when compared to the same quarter one year prior. This can be construed as a modest strength in the organization. Compared to other companies in the Metals & Mining industry and the overall market on the basis of return on equity, NUCOR CORP has outperformed in comparison with the industry average, but has underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for NUCOR CORP is currently extremely low, coming in at 10.90%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 2.20% significantly trails the industry average.
  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed against the S&P 500 and did not exceed that of the Metals & Mining industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 62.5% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $299.77 million to $112.30 million.

Nucor Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the manufacture and sale of steel and steel products in North America and internationally. It operates through three segments: Steel Mills, Steel Products, and Raw Materials. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.5, below the average metals & mining industry P/E ratio of 22.4 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Nucor has a market cap of $12.86 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and metals & mining industry. Shares are down 2.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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--Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff.
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