Factors to Note Before Buying AK Steel Holding Corporation (AKS)

RBC Capital Markets maintained Comerica Incorporated (NYSE:CMA) on Wednesday, January 20 with "Outperform" rating.

In order to reach an opinion and communicate the value and volatility of a covered security, analysts research public financial statements, listen in on conference calls and talk to managers and the customers of a company, typically in an attempt to capture the findings for a research report.

The current consensus rating on AK Steel Holding (NYSE:AKS) is Hold (Score: 2.23) with a consensus target price of $7.72 per share, a potential 41.59% upside.

Currently, EPS of AK Steel Holding Corporation (AKS) is 0.19 while the analysts predicted the EPS of the stock to be 0.14 suggesting the company fell short of the analysts' expectations. Investors may also be paying close concentration to some simple moving average indicators on shares of United States Steel Corporation (X). Finally, Bank of America Corp raised shares of United States Steel from a neutral rating to a buy rating and set a $40.00 price target for the company in a report on Wednesday, February 1st.

There are 1 sell rating, 8 hold ratings, 4 buy ratings on the stock. The stock presently has an average rating of Hold and an average price target of $30.49.

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A 52-week high/low is the highest and lowest price that a stock has traded at during the previous year. The company had Year Ago Sales of 2.58 Billion.

The company is expected to report earnings of $0.13 a share for the next quarter. The company had revenue of $334.90 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $305.41 million. Company net profit margin stands at 16.40% whereas its Gross Margin is 23.20%. Sure, the percentage is discouraging but more headwinds are coming as looking out over a next 5-year period, analysts expect the company to see its earnings go down by 0%, annually. Growth in EPS is an important measure of management performance because it shows how much money the company is making for it's shareholders, not only due to changes in profit, but also after all the effects of issuance of new shares (this is especially important when the growth comes as a result of acquisition).

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The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, June 9th. Investors of record on Thursday, June 1st will be issued a dividend of $0.02 per share. The ex-dividend date is Tuesday, May 30th. United States Steel's dividend payout ratio (DPR) is -6.83%. In this case, shares are -4.83% lower from $3.33, the worst price in 52 weeks suffered on May.

5/12/2017-Cowen and Company Reiterated Rating of Market Perform. AKS's SI was 54.21 million shares in May as released by FINRA. The stock was acquired at an average price of $17.10 per share, for a total transaction of $25,650.00. EPS breaks down the profitability of the company on a single share basis. It has a 36-month beta of 1.86, so you might be in for a bumpy ride. 65 funds opened positions while 91 raised stakes. Mitsubishi UFJ Trust & Banking Corp now owns 18,566 shares of the basic materials company's stock valued at $350,000 after buying an additional 275 shares in the last quarter. State of Tennessee Treasury Department increased its position in Olympic Steel by 17.8% in the first quarter. It is 0.09% or $0 reaching $5.47 per share. Institutions ownership includes mutual funds and pension funds are the major players. Boston Ptnrs holds 563,758 shares or 0.01% of its portfolio. 12, 2017. These shares are worth $199,600 and were traded at $19.96 each. It improved, as 46 investors sold AK Steel Holding Corporation shares while 58 reduced holdings. Morgan Stanley had a markedly different take on 13/02/2017, proposing that AK Steel Holding Corporation is now considered Equal-Weight versus prior Overweight rating.

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