Trade-Ideas: AK Steel Holding Corporation (AKS) Is Today's

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Trade-Ideas LLC identified AK Steel Holding Corporation ( AKS) as a "dead cat bounce" (down big yesterday but up big today) candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified AK Steel Holding Corporation as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • AKS has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $21.4 million.
  • AKS has traded 2.5 million shares today.
  • AKS is up 3.2% today.
  • AKS was down 5.5% yesterday.

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More details on AKS:

AK Steel Holding Corporation produces flat-rolled carbon, stainless and electrical steel, and tubular products in the United States and internationally. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 3.3%. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates AK Steel Holding Corporation a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

The average volume for AK Steel Holding Corporation has been 5.0 million shares per day over the past 30 days. AK Steel Holding has a market cap of $545.3 million and is part of the basic materials sector and metals & mining industry. The stock has a beta of 2.16 and a short float of 25.4% with 6.80 days to cover. Shares are down 13% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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TheStreetRatings.com Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings rates AK Steel Holding Corporation as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its poor profit margins and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The gross profit margin for AK STEEL HOLDING CORP is currently extremely low, coming in at 8.40%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -2.87% is significantly below that of the industry average.
  • AKS has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 23.10% from its price level of one year ago. The fact that the stock is now selling for less than others in its industry in relation to its current earnings is not reason enough to justify a buy rating at this time.
  • AKS, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 1.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 8.7%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share.
  • AK STEEL HOLDING CORP reported significant earnings per share improvement in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. But, we feel it is poised for EPS growth in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, AK STEEL HOLDING CORP reported poor results of -$9.10 versus -$1.41 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings (-$0.65 versus -$9.10).
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Metals & Mining industry. The net income increased by 94.4% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from -$724.20 million to -$40.40 million.

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