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Nucor's (NUE) Board Approves Upto $3 Billion Shares Repurchase

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Nucor Corporation (NUE - Free Report) recently announced that its Board has approved the repurchase of up to $3 billion of the company's outstanding common stock.

This new share repurchase program replaces the previously authorized $2 billion buyback program. Under the old program, roughly $1.55 billion worth of the company's common stock had been repurchased since its authorization in 2018.

The company sees repurchase of shares to be made in frequent time intervals in the open market at prevailing market prices, through private transactions or block trades.

The amount and time of repurchase will rely on market conditions, share price, applicable legal requirements and other factors. The new repurchase authorization is discretionary and has no expiration date.

Notably, the company repurchased roughly 5.4 million shares of its common stock during the first quarter. At the end of the quarter, its cash and cash equivalents surged around 97% year over year to $2,460.7 million.

Shares of Nucor have gained 150.9% in the past year compared with 187.2% surge of the industry.

In its first-quarter call, Nucor stated that it expects second-quarter earnings to be the highest quarterly earnings in its history, exceeding the record-level set in the first quarter. Earnings are expected to be mainly driven by higher pricing and margins in the steel mills segment.

The company also sees another strong quarter for the steel products segment with second-quarter profitability projected to be comparable to the first quarter. Moreover, Nucor sees profitability in the raw materials segment to decline in the second quarter compared with first-quarter levels due to higher raw material input costs.

Nucor Corporation Price and Consensus


Nucor Corporation Price and Consensus

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Zacks Rank & Other Key Picks

Nucor currently sports a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy).

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Celanese has an expected earnings growth rate of around 68.3% for the current year. The company’s shares have gained 98.3% in the past year. It currently sports a Zacks Rank #1.

Cabot has an expected earnings growth rate of around 126% for the current fiscal. The company’s shares have gained 90.2% in the past year. It currently flaunts a Zacks Rank #1.

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