United States Steel Corporation Stock Sell Recommendation Reiterated (X)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- United States Steel Corporation (NYSE: X) has been reiterated by TheStreet Ratings as a sell with a ratings score of D+. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally high debt management risk, disappointing return on equity, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and poor profit margins.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The debt-to-equity ratio of 1.13 is relatively high when compared with the industry average, suggesting a need for better debt level management. Along with the unfavorable debt-to-equity ratio, X maintains a poor quick ratio of 0.89, which illustrates the inability to avoid short-term cash problems.
  • The company's current return on equity has slightly decreased from the same quarter one year prior. This implies a minor weakness in the organization. Compared to other companies in the Metals & Mining industry and the overall market on the basis of return on equity, UNITED STATES STEEL CORP underperformed against that of the industry average and is significantly less than that of the S&P 500.
  • X's stock share price has done very poorly compared to where it was a year ago: Despite any rallies, the net result is that it is down by 37.52%, which is also worse that the performance of the S&P 500 Index. Investors have so far failed to pay much attention to the earnings improvements the company has managed to achieve over the last quarter. Naturally, the overall market trend is bound to be a significant factor. However, in one sense, the stock's sharp decline last year is a positive for future investors, making it cheaper (in proportion to its earnings over the past year) than most other stocks in its industry. But due to other concerns, we feel the stock is still not a good buy right now.
  • The gross profit margin for UNITED STATES STEEL CORP is currently extremely low, coming in at 6.10%. Regardless of X's low profit margin, it has managed to increase from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of -1.11% trails the industry average.
  • X, with its decline in revenue, slightly underperformed the industry average of 4.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 6.9%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share.

United States Steel Corporation produces and sells steel mill products in North America and Europe. The company operates in three segments: Flat-Rolled Products (Flat-Rolled), U. S. Steel Europe (USSE), and Tubular Products (Tubular). United States has a market cap of $2.5 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and metals & mining industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 115.00, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 18.00. Shares are down 28.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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--Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff.

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