Friday, July 30, 2010

Citigroup (NYSE:C) Maintains "Buy" Rating on Cliffs Natural Resources (NYSE:CLF)

Citigroup (NYSE:C) kept its "Buy" rating on Cliffs Natural Resources (NYSE:CLF), with a price target of $87 a share.

Even though they missed their earnings numbers in the last quarter, Cliffs
still generated earnings five times what they were last year in the second quarter, garnering $260.7 million, or $1.92 a share. Analysts were looking for $2.02 a share.

Still, iron ore prices are the key for the performance of Cliffs, and even if the economy slows down, steel should still be in demand a decent levels, which bodes well for the company.

Uncertainty about China, Europe and the United States makes this a difficult call, but Citigroup evidently believes Cliffs will perform well in the near term, and has called it that way.

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