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Is a Valuation Rerating in the Cards for Vale Stock? Vale’s (VALE) base metal (DBB) production, including nickel and copper production, was in line with its decision to lower its footprint by putting non-competitive mines on care and maintenance. Vale’s strategy is to preserve its optionality in nickel in case of higher demand for nickel class I. Nickel production, therefore, reached 58,600 tons in the first quarter, a decline of 18% year-over-year and 25 sequentially.
VAN ECK: These are basically base metals, right? Certainly, Glencore was the one that laid the blueprint out there for everybody: How we approach this. Maybe paying a special dividend, buying back shares.