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Nucor Guidance Indicates Improvement in Q3

Written by Sandy Williams

Nucor guidance for third quarter 2015 beat analyst estimates. Results are expected to be in the range of $0.45 to $0.50 per diluted share, up from $0.39 in second quarter but a decrease from 2014 Q3 earnings of $0.76 per diluted share.

Nucor said margins have benefited from lower inventory costs in third quarter. The automotive markets remain strong and nonresidential construction continues to gradually improve. Weakness, however, is still evident in energy, heavy equipment and agriculture.

Imports continued to pressure margins and prices during the quarter. Steel imports claimed 30 percent of the finished steel market in the first eight months of the year compared to 27 percent in the same period in 2014.

The downstream products segment improved significantly year to date due the slow but steady growth in nonresidential construction.

The raw material segment is expected to show similar results as second quarter. The company anticipates an estimated $20 million operating loss at Nucor Steel Louisiana. A $20 million loss was also recorded in second quarter but included the benefit of a $10 warranty payment related to repair of the process gas heater. Scrap performance is expected to decrease in third quarter due to low prices.

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