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3 Materials Stocks To Add To Your Watchlist

By MarketBeat.com (Chris Markoch )Stock MarketsSep 01, 2022 04:16AM ET
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3 Materials Stocks To Add To Your Watchlist
By MarketBeat.com (Chris Markoch )   |  Sep 01, 2022 04:16AM ET
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This may seem like an odd time to be looking at materials stocks. After all, these stocks tend to perform well when the economy is booming. But not so well when businesses deal with rising interest rates to offset 40-year high inflation.

But this isn’t a typical economy. There are a lot of sectors that are essential to building the new economy.

I’m referring to things like 5G, autonomous vehicles (not to mention electric vehicles) and renewable energy, to name a few. Supply chain disruptions snarled the rapid growth in these sectors. But the demand is still strong.

And that means that, as with many sectors, there may be some attractive buys in the materials sector. This article looks at three materials stocks that offer some attractive fundamentals that should put them on your watchlist as you consider your next moves in this market.

1. Vale

The first of the three stocks to consider is Vale (NYSE:VALE). The company is the world’s largest producer of two iron and nickel. These are two indispensable materials in the new economy. In fact, in May 2022, Vale announced a long-term contract with Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) to supply nickel for the company’s electric batteries.

And the company generates approximately 65% of its revenue from iron, which is needed to make the steel used for building items critical to the nation’s infrastructure like wind turbines. Plus, the company has a strong relationship with China and expects the country to have strong demand in the year's second half.

VALE stock is trading at an attractive price-to-earnings ratio of 3.03. The sector average P/E is around 8.5x earnings. Vale is trading at a nice discount. And the company offers a semi-annual dividend with a juicy yield of 6.22%. That’s also above the sector average.

2. Cleveland-Cliffs

Next on the list is Cleveland-Cliffs (NYSE:CLF). And I’ll start with the fundamentals. Like Vale, Cleveland-Cliffs is trading at an attractive P/E ratio of 2.61. When ratios start getting that low, you have to wonder what’s up, particularly with the stock price cut in half from its 52-week high.

The culprit may be inflation, hurting the company’s earnings even as it continues to grow the top line on both a sequential and year-over-year basis. Still, with a P/E ratio of around 2, there’s not much risk of diving into CLF stock. Analysts tracked by MarketBeat give the stock a $27.92 price target which is a 60% upside from the current price.

Cleveland-Cliffs is “the largest steel supplier to the automotive industry in North America.” And the company also recently reached a tentative 4-year deal with the United Steelworkers (USW) union that should add more certainty to the company’s earnings. With demand likely to remain strong, there appears to be a substantial upside for the Cleveland-based company.

3. Freeport-McMoran

The last of the three materials stocks for your watchlist is Freeport-McMoran (NYSE:FCX). The company has a growth stability score of 96 from S&P Capital IQ’s Growth Stability metric. The company has benefited from higher commodity prices.

But as Kate Stalter noted for MarketBeat readers earlier this month, those prices have been a double-edged sword. Lower copper prices in the last quarter contributed to lower revenue and earnings. However, Freeport-McMoran derives a sizable portion of its business from gold and molybdenum, which is the world’s largest producer.

And this is a company that is trading at a P/E ratio of 8.8x, which is in line with the sector average with a strong track record of growth and a solid balance sheet.

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