STEEL: Dividend as Usual

In the gloom of the coal strike, and the smoke of Hoboken, N.J., U.S. Steel last week held its annual stockholders' meeting. For the 200 who attended, such as sisters Mary & Carrie Cerf, who seldom miss a meeting, the news was bad. Chairman Irving S. Olds reported that Bis Steel's production had dropped to 36% of capacity, from 95% a week before the strike started, and earnings had dropped with it. Nevertheless, he declared the usual $1 a share quarterly dividend, hoped that the "tremendous existing demand for steel products of all kinds" will eventually make Big Steel's operations...

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