Standard & Poor's Upgrades This Miner's Future


After reaching a breaking point earlier this month and devastating investors with a 76% dividend cut and the issuance of 9 million common shares, Cliffs Natural Resources catches a break. Standard & Poor's upgraded its outlook on the beleaguered miner, from negative to stable, last Thursday. Now that Cliffs has removed the dividend pressure, capital will be freed up to align the company for a brighter future. For more details, check out the video below with Motley Fool energy and materials analyst Taylor Muckerman.

Finally some good news, but is this a company for the long haul?
Cliffs Natural Resources has grown from a domestic iron ore producer into an international player in both the iron ore and metallurgical coal markets. It has also underwhelmed investors lately, especially after its dramatic 76% dividend cut in February. However, it could now be looked at as a possible value play due to several factors that are likely to remain advantageous for Cliffs' management. For details on these advantages and more, click here now to check out The Motley Fool's premium research report on the company.

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