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Investing Topics: Basic Materials

Mining Stocks: Good Value, But Recovery Pushed Back to 2016

By Yiannis G. Mostrous on Dec. 23, 2014
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.

Dividing to Conquer

By Roger S. Conrad on Sep. 5, 2014

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.

Brazil’s Drought Tightens Supply-Demand Balance in Aluminum Market

By Elliott H. Gue on Sep. 5, 2014

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.

More Upside to Come for Our Favorite Aluminum Smelter

By Elliott H. Gue on Jul. 25, 2014

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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