CORRECTED-AK Steel forecasts first-quarter loss as costs go up

Fri Mar 21, 2014 9:47am EDT

(Corrects second paragraph to remove reference to analyst's average estimate of a profit since the numbers are not comparable)

March 21 (Reuters) - U.S. steelmaker AK Steel Holding Corp forecast a loss in the first quarter, blaming higher costs related to the cold weather and blast furnace outages.

The company forecast a loss of 44 cents to 49 cents per share for the first quarter. (Reporting by Anannya Pramanick in Bangalore; Editing by Don Sebastian)