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  • Chinese Data Is Positive For These Diversified Miners

    By Vladimir Zernov - August 13, 2013 | Tickers: BHP, VALE, RIO

    Shares of diversified miners have been underperforming this year. Rio Tinto (NYSE: RIO), VALE (NYSE: VALE) and BHP Billiton (NYSE: BHP) are trading lower than the levels, at which they started this year. The prices of most metals have been under pressure throughout the year, due to oversupply and macroeconomic uncertainty. The major part of the macroeconomic uncertainty is China. The country’s growth rates have been slowing down, worrying more »

  • Which Global Mining Company Should You Buy?

    By Zain Raza - July 31, 2013 | Tickers: BHP, VALE, RIO

    BHP Billiton (NYSE: BHP), Vale (NYSE: VALE) and Rio Tinto (NYSE: RIO) being the leading mining companies, cater to most of the world’s demand for mineral ores. The industry is facing demand declines ever since the Chinese economy has slowed down. In the following article we will analyze how these companies are responding to the demand declines with BHP Billiton taking the lead and staying ahead of its rivals more »

  • DUPLICATE:Global Mining Companies, the best one to invest in

    By Zain Raza - July 30, 2013 | Tickers: BHP, VALE, RIO

    BHP Billiton (NYSE: BHP), Vale (NYSE: VALE) and Rio Tinto (NYSE: RIO) being the leading mining companies cater to most of the world’s demand for mineral ores. The industry is facing demand declines ever since the Chinese economy has slowed down. In the following article we will analyze how these companies are responding to the demand declines with BHP Billiton taking the lead and stay ahead of its rivals more »

  • Why China Could Affect Your Portfolio in the Near Term

    By Robinson Roacho - July 22, 2013 | Tickers: VALE, FCX, SCCO

    There is evidence that Chinese manufacturing activity is slowing down. Readings on China’s PMI showed a slight but constant contraction. One of the consequences is that the prices of several metals may experience downward pressure. Copper comes to mind since the commodity is often regarded as the industrial activity barometer. Since manufacturing is contracting, it would be a good idea to stay away from these stocks.

    Copper miners have more »

  • This Diversified Global Miner's Too Cheap to Ignore

    By Matt Smith - July 17, 2013 | Tickers: BHP, BBL, VALE, RIO

    Softening demand for commodities, on the back of China's slowing economy, has hurt the profitability of all the major mining companies, creating a sentiment-fueled selloff of mining stocks. This has driven down the share prices of all the major miners, with the world's largest miner, BHP Billiton (NYSE: BHP) (NYSE: BBL) down by 29% for the year to date. Both diversified global miner Rio Tinto (NYSE:RIO) and more »

  • Why Is Brazil Falling Like a BRIC?

    By James Catlin - July 11, 2013 | Tickers: VALE, EWZ, PBR

    Since the beginning of 2013, the iShares MSCI Brazil Index ETF (NYSEMKT: EWZ) is down over 25%, with very little reason to believe this should abate.

    Let's face it, times are tough in Brazil right now. Commodities have declined in price, speculation that stagflation is taking hold has hurt financials, credit downgrades loom threatening junk status, and the political unrest seems to grow daily.

    At the end of June 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 »

  • Commodities Bearing Down on Your Portfolio

    By Marshall Hargrave - July 8, 2013 | Tickers: ANR, VALE, BTU

    Both iron and coal entered bear markets earlier this year, meaning that a number of portfolios have been feeling the pressure, mainly due to weakness in China. The commodity-using giant appears to be at the root of much of these declines. Bank of America recently reduced its estimate on China’s 2013 gross domestic product growth to 7.6% from 8%, noting that Chinese macro data is deteriorating. 

    Coal downfall more »
  • Brazilian Equity Ideas After the Sell-Off

    By Federico Zaldua - July 8, 2013 | Tickers: VALE, ITUB, PBR

    The sharp contraction in Brazilian equities (above all in US dollar terms due to the real's depreciation) during the month of June eliminated the premium price-to-earnings ratio to which the Bovespa (Sao Paulo's main equity index) had been trading versus its historical average. To give you an idea of the sell-off that took place during June, Brazil's main equity ETF, the iShares MSCI Brazil has gone down more »
  • This Copper Miner Looks Attractive After Pullback

    By Vladimir Zernov - July 2, 2013 | Tickers: VALE, FCX, SCCO

    Just like other metals, copper is under pressure this year, down 14%. In the meantime, this is one of the best performances across the metal board, because copper has wide industrial implications. The leading copper producer, Freeport-McMoRan (NYSE: FCX), is down 14% this year as well. The stock is trading at a multi-year support level. Is it time to get in?


    Freeport-McMoRan has diversified into the oil & gas business more »

  • Digging Profits Out Of The Mining Industry Collapse

    By Ken McGaha - July 2, 2013 | Tickers: VALE, FCX, SCCO

    The recent collapse of stock prices in the mining sector presents investors who act now with an opportunity to collect solid double-digit annual gains for years to come. Even better, those who choose wisely can also collect generous dividend yields while waiting for these world-class mining businesses to return to fair value.

    Mining supplies the basic foundation of our lives

    Copper wiring brings electricity into our homes and delivers it 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 Long-Term Picks to Benefit From Latin America

    By Victor Selva - June 27, 2013 | Tickers: VALE, ITUB, LFL

    Several major sporting events, including the next FIFA World Cup and Olympics, will be soon kick-off in Brazil. This means that the economic activity will be highly stimulated, not only through the consumption generated by the events but also by strong government spending.

    If Brazil´s above average GDP growth makes its companies attractive investments, the current circumstances make them even more alluring. Offering plenty of upside, Vale (NYSE: VALEmore »)

  • Commodities: Long/Short

    By Federico Zaldua - June 27, 2013 | Tickers: VALE, UNG, USO

    With ten-year Treasury rates spiking fast and stock prices moving down, it's remarkable to see how resilient commodity prices have been during the past few weeks. Here I make a supply and demand analysis of three popular commodities. Whether you have them in your portfolio or not, you may want to take a look at what has been happening in this markets. Here I will also offer some ideas more »
  • 1 Bullish Argument and 2 Bearish Arguments on This Miner

    By Piyush Arora - June 26, 2013 | Tickers: BHP, VALE, RIO

    It’s a well known fact that mining and metals industry has been bleeding severely, and investing in the sector is not advisable. During fiscal year 2012, Rio Tinto (NYSE: RIO) posted a loss of $3.01 billion because the demand for iron ore was weak. As a result, its shares lost nearly 30% over the last year.

    Since industrial production isn’t expected to skyrocket anytime soon, Rio Tinto 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 »

  • Don't Let People Scare You Away From Vale

    By Jaiyant Cavale - June 18, 2013 | Tickers: VALE, FCX, SCCO

    There has been a lot of bad press about Vale (NYSE: VALE) in the last couple of weeks. When Vale's revenues fell to a four-year low, it got a lot of people talking about why Vale is a 'sell' and not a 'hold.' Of course, journalists and analysts have been kind enough to acknowledge that Vale's difficulties did not arise from something wrong with the company, but rather more »

  • What Is "Resource Nationalism" and Why Should You Care?

    By Peter Epstein - June 17, 2013 | Tickers: CCJ, VALE, DNN, EFRFF, RIO

    According to Wikipedia, Resource Nationalism (RN) is "the tendency of people and governments to assert control over natural resources located on their territory." This definition fails to convey the breadth of the threat the world faces. Most readers recognize overt acts of RN. 

    At its worst, an act of RN comes without warning, and without compensation for the seized assets. More commonly, a government fails to honor a contract, demands more »

  • 3 Companies That Will Benefit From Brazil's Currency Depreciation

    By Federico Zaldua - June 14, 2013 | Tickers: BAK, VALE, GGB

    As the interest rates go up in the U.S., emerging markets (EM) currencies, stocks and bonds declined sharply. As a matter of fact, last month, the Brazilian real depreciated 7% to 2.14 reals (R$) per U.S. dollar, which is close to the currency's four year low. Given that the current upside trend of U.S. interest rates is here to stay, most probably, the Brazilian currency more »
  • Investing in Emerging Markets : Brazil

    By Piyush Arora - June 13, 2013 | Tickers: BRFS, VALE, PBR

    This article is about investing in Brazilian companies. But I’m not going to tell you how wonderful and rosy its growth prospects are, when they are not. In fact, analysts at Barclays have lowered their FY13 GDP growth estimates for Brazil to 2.5%. Furthermore, the Brazilian Real has depreciated by around 36% over the last 2 years, which is adding to the woes. With these numbers, Brazil isn more »

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