Friday, December 21, 2018

Acerniox Waiting For The Cavalry To Show Up

Acerinox (OTCPK:ANIOY) (ACX.MC) could really use some good news where pricing is concerned. Although tariffs have helped shield the U.S. stainless steel market, stainless hasn’t enjoyed the same pricing power or spreads as carbon steel in the U.S., and a surge of imports has hammered pricing in Europe and unwound expectations for a second half improvement. While there are hopes that protectionist measures from the EU will boost pricing in 2019, it doesn’t look as though margins will improve significantly from here.

I was reluctant to recommend Acerinox in my last update, and I’m glad I didn’t, as the shares have lost almost a third of their value since then. Acerinox has held up a little better than fellow Euro stainless players Outokumpu (OTC:OUTKF) and Aperam (OTC:APEMY), and AK Steel (AKS) in the U.S. (while Allegheny (ATI) has held up a little better), but it has been an ugly and disappointing year and it’s still not clear to me that a better 2019 will be good enough to make this a strong performer.

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Acerniox Waiting For The Cavalry To Show Up

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