Trade-Ideas: United States Steel Corporation (X) Is Today's Post-Market Leader Stock

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Trade-Ideas LLC identified United States Steel Corporation ( X) as a post-market leader candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified United States Steel Corporation as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • X has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $164.4 million.
  • X is up 2.3% today from today's close.

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More details on X:

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). The stock currently has a dividend yield of 0.7%. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate United States Steel Corporation a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

The average volume for United States Steel Corporation has been 7.2 million shares per day over the past 30 days. United States has a market cap of $3.9 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and metals & mining industry. The stock has a beta of 2.05 and a short float of 24.1% with 5.88 days to cover. Shares are up 13.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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TheStreetRatings.com Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings rates United States Steel Corporation as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its feeble growth in its earnings per share, deteriorating net income, generally high debt management risk, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • UNITED STATES STEEL CORP has experienced a steep decline in earnings per share in the most recent quarter in comparison to its performance from the same quarter a year ago. Earnings per share have declined over the last year. We anticipate that this should continue in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, UNITED STATES STEEL CORP reported poor results of -$0.97 versus -$0.59 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 31.4% in earnings (-$1.28 versus -$0.97).
  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Metals & Mining industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 4170.4% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $44.00 million to -$1,791.00 million.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio is very high at 2.22 and currently higher than the industry average, implying increased risk associated with the management of debt levels within the company. Along with the unfavorable debt-to-equity ratio, X maintains a poor quick ratio of 0.81, which illustrates the inability to avoid short-term cash problems.
  • Return on equity has greatly decreased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of major weakness within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Metals & Mining industry and the overall market, UNITED STATES STEEL CORP's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to $37.00 million or 61.85% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.

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