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 »
On Friday we saw several stock-moving upgrades in preparation of a long week of earnings; here are four that really caught my eye. These are upgrades that I would definitely ignore.
The best of the worst
After a 64% one-year loss, Molycorp (NYSE: MCP) has gained 22% over the last month, and much of those gains have been caused by analyst upgrades. Byron Capital likes Molycorp; his “Strong Buy” rating more »
Some companies just can’t remain out of the news or controversies, depending on how one looks at things. Tesla Motors (NASDAQ: TSLA), SolarCity (NASDAQ: SCTY), and Molycorp (NYSE: MCP) are perfect examples of such companies. Sharp corrections, appreciations and crazy valuations--these stocks have it all. With some of these stocks advancing to record levels in the current rally, the debate about the true worth of these companies has come more »
This could well be a season of corporate turnarounds. As U.S. equities continue to trend higher on better results and an improving economy, even laggards and beaten down stocks such as Thompson Creek Metals (NYSE: TC), Arch Coal (NYSE: ACI), and Molycorp (NYSE: MCP) are now recovering. Is it worth considering putting your money in these stocks? Here is a closer look:
Thompson Creek Metals on sale
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Even though the US stock market is creating new highs, some sectors are languishing. The Dow Jones industrial average has returned nearly 15% so far this year, but coal is one sector that has remained completely oblivious to the broader market rally.
Even though the US stock markets are creating new highs, some sectors are languishing the wider markets. Dow Jones Industrial Average has returned nearly 15% so far this year but coal remains one sector which has remained completely oblivious to this rally.
While U.S. markets remain undaunted by the ongoing crisis in Cyprus, not all stocks are created equal. The broad equity market return diverges from returns of mining stocks; the latter has remained a laggard and has tanked while the market soared.
Over the last six months, the Dow Jones Mining Index has lost 21% while the Dow has gained 6.8%. The comparisons with other benchmark indices are similar more »
Molycorp, Inc. (NYSE: MCP), a leading manufacturer of rare earth and rare metal products announced the financial results for the year 2012 on March 14th. The company reported annual revenue of $528.9 million and a loss of $460.9 million or $4.31 per share. Loss has been primarily due to $258 million write-down on the acquisition of Neo Materials.
High loss and weak outlook suggests that Molycorp more »
Shares of McGraw-Hill (NYSE: MHFI) and Moody´s (NYSE: MCP) are taking a beating since investors learned that the Justice Department is suing Standard & Poor's Ratings Services over the firm's role in rating mortgage bonds that imploded during the financial crisis and practically collapsed the world financial system.
Both companies are guilty, I wouldn´t be surprised if Moody´s were sued too, and they would both probably more »
The leading American player in the rare earths mining sector, Molycorp (NYSE: MCP) has revealed an intention to sell $200 million in stock and $100 million in convertible senior notes (due in 2018) to fund its latest capital expenditure, which includes development work at its Mountain Pass, California rare-earths mining facility. The news caused an 8.7% dip in the company’s shares in premarket trading; piling on a company more »
Earnings can dictate the direction of a stock for an entire quarter, because after all, it's earnings and fundamentals that determine the long-term trend of a company’s worth. So far, in the first week of earnings season, we have seen several pleasant surprises. And in this article, I am looking at the biggest earning related movers, and how to play the news.
The market fell nearly 0.50% on Monday after reaching multi-year highs. However, this period of profit taking did not slow a group of stocks that traded considerably higher behind numerous key developments. In this article I am looking at these stocks, determining why they moved, and how investors might want to play the news.
Rare earth minerals are vital to the manufacture of a variety of high tech products, including cell phones. China controls over 90% of the world’s rare earth resources. When that country began imposing export quotas on these resources in 2010, shares of companies like U.S. based Molycorp (NYSE: MCP) began to rise.
In a strange turn of events, as the few non-Chinese rare earth miners invested more »
Public Enemy’s hook for Don’t Believe the Hype starts up in my head when I see companies suddenly receiving positive attention and hype after suffering a rollercoaster downfall due to numerous letdowns in recent months. What makes it worse is that the media and public opinion take a shift on major business networks and it only takes one or two analysts to get the general consensus shifting the more »
On Monday the market traded with slight gains on what was a fairly quiet day. But on what seemed like a quiet day, there were some companies seeing significant changes to their market capitalization, with incredible movement. In this article I am looking at what moved each, and how to play the movement.
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The behavior of insiders is one of the more important trends to watch. When an insider buys or sells stock some investors downplay its meaning, and others weigh it heavily on their investment decisions. With that being said I am looking at four significant insider buys in the month of November that might indicate a spark in the fundamentals of the companies that are discussed below.
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We track insider transactions because we believe that no one knows a company better than the people who work there. It has been shown that insiders tend to outperform the market by as much as 7% annually (read more about how this strategy can boost your returns).
Friday’s abbreviated trading session saw shares of rare earth standard-bearer Molycorp (NYSE: MCP) jump by nearly 19% to cap off a 41% rise on the week and make it the largest gainer on the New York Stock Exchange. While various stories have attributed the rise to insider buying by company officials – an apparent indication of management’s belief in the company – the announcement that China will begin subsidizing the more »
There is an old adage amongst traders that states “don’t try to catch a falling knife.” In case it is not abundantly obvious, knives fall blade first, meaning that unless you just happen to get lucky, the attempt will probably result in you getting cut. Of course, Warren Buffett is on record as saying that the best time to buy is when there is blood in the street – after more »
Molycorp (NYSE: MCP), the rare earth metals company, is down over 50% year to date and also made our list of terrible 20 stocks, given its high short interest and stock price under performance. With the company down drastically and the rising demand for key rare earth component products, such as smartphones and hybrid vehicles, is Molycorp a buying opportunity?
Molycorp’s August announcement of plans to raise $450 million more »
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