Cliffs Natural Resources

  • Do These Hated Companies Offer Opportunities for Profit?

    By Rupert Hargreaves - August 6, 2013 | Tickers: CLF, PBI, X

    I tryto invest with a contrarian view, so I like to go against the market. To that end one of my favorite ways to find opportunities for investment is by looking through the most shorted stocks in the S&P 500, to see if I can spot anything others can't.

    So, with that in mind, here are the three most shorted companies in the S&P 500 right now more »

  • Here's How to Mine for Value

    By Marshall Hargrave - August 2, 2013 | Tickers: CLF, NEM, BTU

    In looking across the S&P 500, I found a number of top stocks that are trading at steep discounts to their 52-week high and their respective industries. The reason I decided to go "dumpster diving" in the S&P 500 is an intriguing insight provided by Nate Tobik over at Oddball Stocks. He notes that the market generally prices large stocks correctly and believes that to...

    ...outwit the market more »

  • Precious Metals: A New Gold Rush?

    By Thomas Pangia - August 1, 2013 | Tickers: CLF, MCP, PAL

    Gold and silver have had a rough year. After falling about 30% in value, some investors are looking for alternatives to these traditionally stable investments.

    My experience as a chemist has brought up some Foolish alternatives.


    Although gold and silver are all well and good, they have very little use other than as jewelry. There are some chemical compounds and complexes based on gold and silver which have catalytic more »

  • Three Mining Companies with Interesting Business Models

    By Awais Iqbal - July 31, 2013 | Tickers: CLF, SWC, SLCA

    The mining industry of the United States is facing a lot of issues. Almost all of the players in the industry are reporting poor earnings due to the fall in the prices of metals and coal. As their profitability falls, these companies are looking for different avenues to increase their revenues and lower their costs.

    Stillwater Mining (NYSE: SWC), U.S. Silica Holdings (NYSE: SLCA) and Cliffs Natural Resources (NYSE: CLFmore »)

  • This Iron Ore Company Is A Buy

    By Vladimir Zernov - July 29, 2013 | Tickers: CLF, RIO, WLT

    The recent earnings reports from steel companies have shown that there is significant overcapacity in the industry. This overcapacity continues to put pressure on steel prices. In turn, lower steel prices put pressure on iron ore and met coal prices. There is a company that produces both iron ore and met coal – Cliffs Natural Resources (NYSE: CLF). The combination of the above-mentioned commodities has led to a 48% decline this more »

  • Cliffs Natural Resources: A Once-in-a-Decade Opportunity?

    By Sean O'Reilly - July 26, 2013 | Tickers: AKS, MT, CLF

    One of the former high flyers of both the current bull market and the one leading up to the Great Recession, Cliffs Natural Resources (NYSE: CLF), has been absolutely decimated as of late. Having traded as high as $100 dollars a share as recently as 2011, Cliffs has been beaten down to recent lows of $15. When a company has a share price that falls 85% from its highs, there more »

  • Walter Energy Is Worth How Much?

    By Mark Holder - July 22, 2013 | Tickers: ANR, CLF, WLT

    A typical headline such as the above usually signals a stock that has an absurdly high valuation and that is due for a correction. In the case of Walter Energy (NYSE: WLT), the amazing part is how low the market cap has dropped. This stock was a poster child of the commodity boom and has collapsed around 90% in just over two years.

    The company is seen as the “pure more »

  • A CEO Exit Could Mean This Iron-Ore Producer Is in Play

    By Bob Chandler - July 16, 2013 | Tickers: MT, CLF, RIO

    Minerals producer Cliffs Natural Resources (NYSE: CLF) recently announced that president and chief executive officer Joseph Carrabba has decided to retire. Most of the time a CEO departure isn’t a big deal, but every once in awhile it can signal an upcoming change in company control via merger or acquisition. It’s a pretty rare occurrence but happened relatively recently at a company called Massey Energy.

    In mid-December 2010 more »

  • Are Basic Materials Good for Long-Term Investment?

    By Vanina Egea - July 16, 2013 | Tickers: CLF, IAG, YZC

    Basic materials deserve a more enticing name. Let's leave that talk for the coffee break, though, and focus on why they are considered "basic." These materials are "basic" because they are elemental, meaning that they represent the ground core for any project that involves construction of some sort.

    On the finance road, stock prices for companies involved with basic materials have dropped. Here are three companies with interest yields more »

  • Would the CEO's Departure Help This Mining Stock?

    By Vladimir Zernov - July 15, 2013 | Tickers: BHP, CLF, RIO

    More often than not, the departure of a CEO is bad for the short-term prospects of a stock. The most recent example of this statement is Lululemon, when the departure of Christine Day sent the stock south despite a decent earnings report. Every rule has an exception, though. Cliffs Natural Resources (NYSE: CLF) spiked on the news that the company’s CEO Joseph Carraba is going to leave at the more »

  • Investing in Earth's Most Abundant Element

    By Ryan Palmer - July 9, 2013 | Tickers: BHP, CLF, VALE

    Its always fun to to learn a little Latin, a language that has played a huge part in shaping the modern English we speak today. The Latin word for sword is ferrum, from which the atomic symbol Fe is derived. In terms of mass Fe, commonly known as iron, is our planet's most abundant element.

    The iron age may be long gone, but plenty of people are still amassing more »

  • Slow Boats to China…and Elsewhere?

    By Michael Ugulini - July 7, 2013 | Tickers: BHP, CLF, RIO

    Having major programs in place to foster growth are necessary for companies wishing to build market share. However, despite their best intentions, outside forces often seem to conspire to hold back their plans. I’m looking at Rio Tinto (NYSE: RIO) today, and what it is facing as it works to remain a significant force in its industry.

    Rio Tinto has its iron ore production program in the Pilbara region more »

  • 5 Stocks Sell-Side Analysts Believe Will Turn Around

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - July 2, 2013 | Tickers: APOL, ABX, CLF, RAM, TCK

    Even with the market as a whole doing well over the last year, a number of stocks have seen significant declines in their stock prices. While this is at least in part due to poor company performance, it’s also possible for the markets to get carried away. While there are a number of ways to measure value (or potential value), one technique is to look at the forward price-to-earnings more »

  • An Insider Is Bullish About This Mining Giant

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - July 1, 2013 | Tickers: CLF, VALE, FCX, NEM, SCCO

    Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold (NYSE: FCX) recently completed its purchase of oil and gas companies McMoRan Exploration (which had previously been a related company) and Plains Exploration and Production. The company’s stock price plunged in early December when it announced the acquisitions, and is still down 22% from the beginning of that month as markets have worried that the diversification into oil and gas will reduce Freeport-McMoRan’s focus (in more »

  • 3 Coal Stocks to Buy

    By Faizan Chudhry - June 28, 2013 | Tickers: ACI, CLF, BTU

    The U.S coal industry has been going through difficult times in the recent past. Lower natural-gas prices, rising environmental regulations and excessive coal supplies have shaped extraordinary pressure for the coal industry. In the last two years, Market Vectors Coal, an ETF, has dropped 61% in price.

    However, I believe the coal industry will improve in the future as lately natural-gas prices have been trending upward, coal supply management more »

  • Buy This Coal Producer Yielding 6.7% With 47% Upside

    By Peter Epstein - June 26, 2013 | Tickers: ARLP, CLF, TCK, WLT

    Master Limited Partnership Alliance Resource Partners LP (NASDAQ: ARLP) is down 12% from its recent high unit price of $78.5. At today's price of about $68, the units are yielding 6.6%, which is superb for a coal producer. Superb that is, if the distribution is not at risk of being cut. Not only is Alliance's distribution safe, it has risen at a compound annual growth rate more »

  • Why Vale Has Yet to Bottom

    By Matt Smith - June 19, 2013 | Tickers: BHP, BBL, CLF, VALE, RIO

    With the world’s largest iron ore miner Brazil’s Vale (NYSE: VALE) now trading at lows not seen since 2007, many investors are convinced that now is the time to invest in the company. For the year to date the company’s share price is down by almost 33%, having recently touched a new 52-week low of $14.20. However, it is not only Vale that has taken a more »

  • How Safe Are the Dividends of These 3 Miners?

    By Rupert Hargreaves - June 14, 2013 | Tickers: BHP, CLF, FCX

    Mining companies have long been criticized for not returning enough cash to shareholders. During the commodity boom before 2008, miners were highly profitable and chose to reinvest their cash in increasingly expensive capital projects rather than returning profits to investors.

    However, now the boom is over and these mining giants are coming under pressure to return cash to investors as share prices languish due to low growth and falling profits more »

  • Roller Coaster Ahead for This Mining Stock

    By Vladimir Zernov - June 10, 2013 | Tickers: BHP, CLF, NUE, RIO, X

    Mining companies have been under pressure this year. Whatever you dig, be it gold, silver, iron ore or coal – your stock would fall. Iron ore and metallurgical coal have been the softest spots so far. Cliffs Natural Resources (NYSE: CLF) has had the luck to mine both iron ore and metallurgical coal, which is why it's no surprise that the stock is down 50% year-to-date. Does it have a more »

  • Are Iron Ore Prices' New Low a Buying Opportunity?

    By Peter Epstein - June 3, 2013 | Tickers: AMLZF, BHP, CLF, VALE, RIO

    On Friday, May 31st, iron ore prices reached a 7-month low of about $111 per metric tonne. With the price now down 30% from its high of $159 in February, what does it mean for mid-tier producers Cliffs Natural Resources (NYSE: CLF) and African Minerals (NASDAQOTH: AMLZF)? What does it mean for the majors Rio Tinto (NYSE: RIO), BHP (NYSE: BHP)  and Vale (NYSE: VALE)? Are we approaching a buying more »

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