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Shares of United States Steel (NYSE:X) have received a consensus recommendation of “Hold” from the twenty-one analysts that are presently covering the stock, Analyst Ratings Net reports. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have given a hold rating and ten have assigned a buy rating to the company. The average 12-month target price among analysts that have covered the stock in the last year is $87.86.

Shares of United States Steel (NYSE:X) traded down 1.34% on Thursday, hitting $36.92. The stock had a trading volume of 848,125 shares. United States Steel has a 52 week low of $17.80 and a 52 week high of $38.49. The stock’s 50-day moving average is $30.95 and its 200-day moving average is $26.. The company’s market cap is $5.358 billion. United States Steel also saw a significant decline in short interest during the month of July. As of July 31st, there was short interest totalling 33,792,180 shares, a decline of 13.6% from the July 15th total of 39,101,734 shares. Currently, 23.5% of the company’s shares are short sold. Based on an average daily trading volume, of 8,537,258 shares, the short-interest ratio is presently 4.0 days.

United States Steel (NYSE:X) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, July 29th. The company reported $0.17 EPS for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters consensus estimate of ($0.27) by $0.44. The company had revenue of $4.40 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $4.23 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company posted ($0.35) earnings per share. The company’s quarterly revenue was down .7% on a year-over-year basis. On average, analysts predict that United States Steel will post $1.95 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which is scheduled for Wednesday, September 10th. Stockholders of record on Wednesday, August 13th will be given a dividend of $0.05 per share. This represents a $0.20 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 0.53%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Monday, August 11th.

X has been the subject of a number of recent research reports. Analysts at Argus raised their price target on shares of United States Steel from $31.00 to $41.00 in a research note on Tuesday, August 12th. They now have a “buy” rating on the stock. Separately, analysts at Goldman Sachs reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of United States Steel in a research note on Wednesday, August 6th. Finally, analysts at S&P Equity Research raised their price target on shares of United States Steel from $11.68 to $783.00 in a research note on Monday, August 4th. They now have a “hold” rating on the stock.

United States Steel Corporation (NYSE:X) is an integrated steel producer of flat-rolled and tubular products with production ope.

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