The mining industry continues to grapple with persistent oversupplies of many base metals, depressed prices and rising costs. This recent spin-off promises a generous dividend and incremental upside from cost cutting.
Dividend cuts hit investors with a painful double whammy, reducing their income stream and sending the stock price spiraling lower. But dividend cuts sometimes create an opportunity—provided management has a credible plan for a turnaround.
Concerns about slowing economic growth in China, coupled with supply overhangs in many key commodity markets, have weighed on share prices in the mining industry. But bargains abound for income-seeking investors with the patience to wait for a recovery.
Most of our Lifelong Income Portfolio holdings have reported second-quarter results. However, the news flow continues to come fast and furious, with one of our top value plays announcing plans to spin off some of its assets as a new entity. Here’s our take on this strategic move and the latest developments affecting our other picks.
Reduced aluminum production in Brazil has tightened a global aluminum market that already faced a supply deficit. Our top play on this trend has already returned more than 100 percent since we added the stock to the Wealth Builders Portfolio in March 2014. We see more upside to come.
Alcoa’s big earnings surprise and a bullish outlook for regional aluminum prices puts Wealth Builders Portfolio holding Century Aluminum in the sweet spot. The small-cap aluminum smelter has gained 43 percent over the past four months, and we see the potential for another 40 percent in upside.
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