|Bid||59.540 x 800|
|Ask||59.550 x 3200|
|Day's Range||59.200 - 59.590|
|52 Week Range||53.380 - 64.170|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||N/A|
|Expense Ratio (net)||0.14%|
Yahoo Finance's Alexis Christoforous and Jared Blikre break down the latest market action after Bank of America Merrill Lynch's weekly Flow Show report points to minimal flows in stocks and bonds. They do recommend a defensive posture unless and until there is an "event" or the Federal Reserve decides to ease up on the brakes. Energy and material stocks are seeing the most in-flows. Performance of the S&P 500 energy sector (XLE) components as of 12:45 pm ET: ANDV Andeavor -2.42% APA Apache Corp -5.04% APC Anadarko Petro -3.01% BHGE Baker Hughes a GE Co Cl A -3.31% CHK Chesapeake Energy Corp -7.47% COG Cabot Oil & Gas Corp -0.07% COP ConocoPhillips -5.64% CVX Chevron Corp -4.20% CXO Concho Res Inc -1.40% DVN Devon Energy -3.90% EOG EOG Res -2.75% EQT Equitable Res -2.18% FTI TechnipFMC plc -3.75% HAL Halliburton Co -4.97% HES Hess Corp -5.05% HP Helmerich & Payne -5.26% MPC Marathon Petro Corp -3.11% MRO Marathon Oil Corp -4.59% NBL Noble Energy -4.27% NFX Newfield Exploration -5.74% NOV National Oilwell Varco Inc -3.50% OKE Oneok Inc -1.36% OXY Occidental Petro -2.89% PSX Phillips 66 -3.40% PXD Pioneer Natural Res -2.65% RRC Range Res -2.15% SLB Schlumberger Ltd -3.95% VLO Valero Energy -3.18% WMB Williams Companies -1.27% XEC Cimarex Energy -2.85% XOM Exxon Mobil -2.65% Performance of the S&P 500 materials sector (XLB) components as of 12:45 pm ET: ALB Albemarle Corp -0.69% APD Air Products & Chem Inc -1.01% ARNC Arconic Inc -0.35% AVY Avery Dennison Corp -0.68% BLL(HB) Ball Corp -0.22% CF CF Industries Hldgs Inc -0.53% DOV Dover Corp -1.37% DWDP DowDuPont Inc -1.27% EMN Eastman Chemical -1.31% FCX Freeport-McMoRan Inc -1.58% FMC FMC Corp 1.25% IFF Intl Flavors/Fragr 0.47% IP Intl Paper -1.04% LYB LyondellBasell Ind N.V. 'A' -3.17% MON Monsanto Co 0.80% MOS The Mosaic Co (New) -0.59% NEM Newmont Mining -1.19% NUE Nucor Corp -1.25% PH Parker-Hannifin -0.82% PKG Packaging Corp America -1.43% PNR Pentair Plc -0.97% PPG(E) PPG Indus Inc 0.49% PX PraxAir Inc -0.94% SEE Sealed Air -0.02% SHW Sherwin-Williams 1.00% WRK Westrock Co -1.42% WY Weyerhaeuser Co 0.78%
An updated Walmart.com will showcase over a hundred Lord & Taylor fashion brands. Yahoo Finance’s Alexis Christoforous, Melody Hahm, and Ethan Wolff-Mann discuss if this can help Walmart go up against Amazon in the fashion space.
As of June 13, the S&P 500 had fallen marginally this week, by ~0.1% from last week’s close of $2,779.03 to $2775.63. Currently, the index is reaching higher lows but has yet to see higher highs. A new uptrend in the S&P 500 would be confirmed only if it moves above $2,801.90.
The area of the market involving the discovery, development and processing of raw materials, known as basic materials, tends to be one of the go-to sectors for investors seeking stability from volatility due to factors such as geopolitical risk. While the underlying products of the sector are sensitive to supply and demand fluctuations like other market segments, the long-term cyclical nature of the swings can often be more predictable than products from other sectors such as technology. In this article, we take a look at charts from the basic materials sector and try to determine how active traders will position themselves over the weeks or months to come.
The Materials Select Sector SPDR (NYSE: XLB) and other materials exchange-traded funds struggled to start 2018, but the group has recently shown signs of perking up. Earlier this year, the materials sector struggled following the Trump Administration's tariff push and speculation that global trade wars were imminent. “Increasing political tensions across major world markets are beginning to feed through to producers in the US,” said Markit in a recent note.
Last week, fertilizer affordability fell from the previous week on the back of a steeper increase in fertilizer prices week-over-week. The affordability ratio of 0.60x, which is below its initially indexed value of one in the base year of 2005, shows that fertilizers last week remained relatively affordable in recent weeks.
Potash prices, primarily for the granular grade of potash, were broadly flat to positive last week, while standard potash prices in Southeast Asia were higher compared to a week ago. In NOLA (New Orleans), granular potash prices were broadly higher by as much as 41 basis points to $220 per metric ton, while prices in the other two locations remained unchanged. Standard grade potash prices in the Southeast Asia location rose by 36 basis points week-over-week to $282 per metric ton from $281 per metric ton.
Last week, DAP (diammonium phosphate) prices appeared to have taken a pause from their recent upswing at each of the locations discussed below. The rally in DAP prices has also fueled positive momentum for companies such as Mosaic (MOS), CF Industries (CF), and Nutrien (NTR) (POT).
On May 23, Dow Chemical, which is now a merged entity of DowDuPont (DWDP), expanded its presence in Canada with a new regional sales center in Toronto. The new center was inaugurated on May 24 in the presence of Canadian government officials and Dow’s leadership. Dow sees a growth opportunity in the expanding Canadian economy.
After a brief pause in the direction two weeks ago, urea prices found positive momentum last week at both locations including Brazil and NOLA (New Orleans) US. The positive momentum in urea prices seemed just around the corner with most of the companies including CF Industries (CF), Nutrien (NTR), CVR Partners (UAN), and Mosaic (MOS) indicating a slowdown from Chinese producers (XLB). Both new government regulations and rising energy prices have put pressure on Chinese nitrogen producers lately.
In the previous article, we looked at some of Alcoa’s (AA) bullish drivers. Chinese overcapacity is still among the biggest challenges for aluminum producers such as Rio Tinto (RIO) and Norsk Hydro (NHYDY). Chinese aluminum exports have been elevated this year despite President Donald Trump’s Section 232 tariffs.
Potash prices, similar to nitrogen and phosphates, continued to show strength last week as well. Prices at three of the four locations discussed below experienced a week-over-week increase.
Brazil remains a volatile spot for fertilizer producers (XLB) such as Mosaic (MOS), Nutrien (NTR), and CF Industries (CF). Last week, MAP (monoammonium phosphate) prices in Brazil recovered after hitting a low of $420 per metric ton in recent weeks.
Natural gas prices in most locations in North America rose last week, according to the latest EIA (Energy Information Administration) weekly report on natural gas.
The basic materials sector – which comprises market segments such as chemicals, containers, packaging, metals, mining and forest products – is often one of the best market hedges due to the underlying demand for its products. In this article, we take a look at several key charts from within the materials space and try to determine how active traders will be looking to position themselves over the weeks or months to come. Retail investors looking to gain exposure to the materials sector usually turn to exchange-traded products such as the Materials Select Sector SPDR Fund.
On May 16, the board of Air Products and Chemicals (APD) made an announcement regarding its quarterly dividend. At the end of its fiscal second quarter, APD had 220.8 million outstanding shares. If APD doesn’t engage in share buybacks before the record date, it will be spending ~$242.9 million in the form of dividend payments.
Stifel Nicolaus raised its price target to $43 from $37, and Morgan Stanley raised its price target to $37 from $24. CF Industries and Mosaic (MOS) are the two largest fertilizer companies, producing nitrogen and phosphate fertilizers, respectively.
Nutrien (NTR) reported earnings on May 7 after the market closed. Much of the recent surge in the company’s stock appears to have come from its merger talks with Sociedad Química y Minera de Chile (SQM), which is one of the largest lithium producers (LIT).
Like DAP (diammonium phosphate) prices last week, MAP (monoammonium phosphate) prices were broadly flat to positive WoW (week-over-week) but stayed higher YoY (year-over-year). MAP prices in Brazil rose 71 basis points WoW to $424 per metric ton from $421 per metric ton, and 16% YoY from $365 per metric ton. NOLA (New Orleans) MAP prices were flat WoW at $381 per metric ton but rose ~23% YoY from $310 per metric ton.
Last week was broadly negative for urea prices, with average NOLA (New Orleans) and Brazilian prices declining WoW (week-over-week). Also, CF Industries (CF) reported its earnings on May 2 and gave some updates on urea prices. Let’s look at these developments.
Sales growth and gross income growth are also expected to trickle down to Mosaic’s (MOS) EBITDA (earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, and amortization) estimates.