AK Steel Shares Plunged: What You Need to Know

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What: Shares of AK Steel (NYSE: AKS  ) fell 14% after reporting a decline in shipments and disappointing third-quarter financial results. U.S. Steel (NYSE: X  ) also fell on news of wider-than-expected losses in its European division, Bloomberg reported.

So what: Revenue rose just under 1% to $1.59 billion, resulting in a $0.03-per-share net loss. Analysts had been calling for a $0.01 loss on $1.66 billion in revenue, according to data compiled by Yahoo! Finance.

Now what: In a statement, CEO James Wainscott blamed the misses on "a sputtering economy and extraordinarily high raw-materials costs." The implication? Unless the economy does a U-turn, investors shouldn't expect shares of AK Steel to recover anytime soon. Do you agree? Disagree? Please weigh in using the comments box below.

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  • Report this Comment On October 26, 2011, at 1:01 AM, HoldThatWinner wrote:

    Hi Tim,

    It actually would have been a beat if not for the Butler Furnace (I actually thought it would have already been priced in).

    Regarding the raw material costs, they actively trying to help curb those costs through the recent acquisitions.

    I just have a feeling 2012 will be better than everybody expects, including the CEO.

    HTW

  • Report this Comment On October 26, 2011, at 1:02 AM, HoldThatWinner wrote:

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