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Allegheny Hits New 52-Week Low: What's Pulling it Down?

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Shares of Allegheny Technologies Inc. (ATI - Free Report) slipped to a new 52-week low of $12.56 on Nov 16, before eventually closing bit higher at $12.85.

What’s Hurting Allegheny?

Allegheny posted a loss in third-quarter 2015, hurt by sustained pressure in its Flat Rolled Products segment and weak demand from oil and gas markets. The company also saw lower sales in the quarter. Lower oil prices are expected to hurt demand for Allegheny's products in the oil and gas market in the short haul.

Allegheny continues to witness certain challenges in its core Flat-Rolled Products segment. Revenues from this segment tumbled roughly 36% year over year in the third quarter, hurt by reduced shipments for almost all products as well as lower base selling prices and raw material surcharges for standard products and most high-value products.

The Flat-Rolled Products division also slipped to an operating loss in the quarter, hit by lower base-selling prices and falling raw material surcharges. The temporary impact of shutdown and restart of operations, following the mid-quarter lockout of United Steelworkers (USW) represented workers also weighed on the segment's results.

Weak demand and increased Chinese imports are putting pressure on stainless steel sheet plate prices. Imports of cold rolled stainless sheet and strip from China surged 115% in 2014 and the trend continues in 2015. Demand for flat-rolled products in industrial markets also remains somewhat weak.

Moreover, results from Allegheny’s High Performance Metals and Components segment remain affected by low operating rates at its Rowley titanium sponge facility.

Lower oil prices have also created an uncertain demand environment for the company’s products in drilling applications in the oil and gas industry . Demand from the oil and gas market is expected to remain weak through 2015.

Allegheny is a Zacks Rank #5 (Strong Sell).

Other Stocks to Consider

Some better-ranked companies in the steel and metals space include NSK Ltd. , Worthington Industries, Inc. (WOR - Free Report) and Norsk Hydro ASA (NHYDY - Free Report) . While NSK sports a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), both Worthington and Norsk Hydro carry a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).

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