How To Invest In The Commodities Turnaround

It's been a rough couple of years for the commodities group. Investors nearly abandoned most of the sector during this time, leaving energy and fertilizer stocks in the dust, but in 2016, there was some relief.

Gold has rebounded and is up 20% year-to-date. Oil hit lows in February but has bounced off that level and hasn't re-visited it. Fertilizer prices, however, continue to struggle but analysts see a turnaround coming in 2017.

Is this the time to get into the commodities as a play on the turnaround? It's a risky proposition. Commodities are still clearly out of favor.

The Zacks Market Edge Podcast looked into the three key commodities areas earlier this year and asked: should you be investing now?

Should You Take a Chance on the Fertilizer Stocks?

The agriculture industry continues to struggle as farming incomes have fallen three straight years.

Fertilizer demand has softened, and prices have fallen too. That leaves the fertilizer giants in a tough place, with declining earnings.

Tracey Ryniec and Jeremy Mullin explore the biggest names including Potash (POT - Analyst Report) and Agrium (AGU - Analyst Report), which just agreed to merge in 2017.

Are the fertilizer stocks cheap? Are there opportunities here?

Tracey and Jeremy will fill you in.

Is the Worst Over for Energy?

Tracey and Sheraz Mian have talked about the energy market several times in 2016.

In August, though, it appeared that things were turning around. Instead of being cut, earnings estimates were back on the move higher again.

Crude also seemed to have stabilized and oil inventories were dropping, indicating that supply and demand were re-balancing.

The Top Energy Stocks to Buy Now

Not every energy stock is created equal, however. They all have their niches.

Sheraz is still a fan of the big integrated oil companies like Exxon (XOM) and Chevron (CVX - Analyst Report). But if you like a little more risk, then the E&Ps are where you should be. Sheraz's favorite is Pioneer Natural Resources (PXD -Analyst Report) .

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