BHP And FCX- Two Buys For A Resource-Hungry World

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One group of real assets that have not been of much interest to investors in recent years are commodities — especially raw materials.  With Covid-19 apparently on the way out — and with the outlook improving for global economic growth — commodity prices are again rising.

Although another “super cycle” such as we saw in 2008 is unlikely, another bull cycle for commodities appears to be starting. It should be especially profitable because most commodity cycles last several years.

Oil prices have been on a roll in recent months and are now above $60 a barrel. Copper hit an eight-year high. Iron rose 85% over the past year. Our tech metals — nickel, silver, cobalt, platinum and palladium — have also been appreciating.

A broad index of all commodity prices is up 17% since November. That’s a significant change for a sector that has been moribund for nearly a decade. Commodities are back — and investors should participate in their recoveries.

Freeport McMoRan (FCX) is the world’s leading producer of copper — and is my top commodity recommendation. Copper is an essential metal that’s used extensively in everything from the largest buildings to miniaturized electronics.

The list of uses also includes solar panels, wind turbines, electric cars, and other new technologies that are being adopted rapidly throughout the world.

In the US alone, the demand for copper is expected to soar as the Texas freeze and other blackouts showed that our antiquated power grid must finally be updated. More power plants will also be needed to regularly recharge millions of new electric cars.

The bottom line is that over the next several years, demand for copper is expected to greatly outpace the supply — and its price should soar.

We will be double dippers with Freeport McMoRan. I first recommended the stock in August 2017 when it was selling for $12.05. Despite its strong performance, I think more profits are coming from FCX as the global demand for copper ramps up again.

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