What is copper mining?Copper mining is performed by extracting copper ores, either from underground mines, or from open-pit mines. Once mined, the ore is crushed, heated, smelted and refined. Traditionally, investors have invested in copper mining as a way to profit from general economic growth. That's because, unlike gold and silver, which are thought of more as hedges against inflation, copper has a wide range of industrial uses. Copper prices do tend to rise with inflation as well. But copper mining has the added advantage, as mentioned, that copper also rises with industrial demand. Moreover, stocks that produce oil and base metals, including copper, generally have higher dividend yields than precious metals stocks like gold or silver. Copper stocks should benefit not just from rising demand, but also from tightening supply. In the short term, labour problems and technical delays will continue to slow global copper production. Over the longer term, ore grades are falling at many major copper mines around the world as producers use up the easy-to-mine ore zones in their copper deposits. High prices will, of course, boost exploration efforts to discover new mines. Meanwhile, rising copper prices will prompt mining companies to re-evaluate copper deposits they had previously dismissed as too low-grade to mine when prices were lower. We like copper mining's long-term prospects. However, to cut your risk, stay out of promotional penny mines that are merely drilling for copper. Also stay out of investment vehicles (like options or futures) that will only make money for you if copper goes up in the short term. For top investment returns, follow TSI Network and use our three-part Successful Investor strategy:
Invest mainly in well-established companies;
Spread your money out across most if not all of the five main economic sectors (Manufacturing & Industry; Resources & Commodities; Consumer; Finance; Utilities);
Downplay or avoid stocks in the broker/media limelight.
This month we highlight both a copper exchange traded fund from Horizons and a high-income ETF from Harvest Portfolio Group.
HORIZONS COPPER PRODUCERS INDEX ETF $20.20 (Toronto symbol COPP) aims to track the Solactive North American Listed Copper Producers Index. This index invests in copper mining firms that are… Read More
A: Ivanhoe Mines Ltd., $12.92, symbol IVN on Toronto (Shares outstanding: 1.2 billion; Market cap: $15.6 billion; www.ivanhoemines.com), is a Vancouver-based mineral exploration and development company.
Ivanhoe has three main mines/projects:
The Kamoa-Kakula mine in the Democratic Republic of Congo (“DRC”) is a joint venture between… Read More
AMERIGO RESOURCES, $1.35, is a buy for aggressive investors. The company (Toronto symbol ARG; TSINetwork Rating: Speculative) (www.amerigoresources.com; Shares outstanding: 182.0 million; Market cap: $245.7 million; Divided yield: 5.9%) processes copper and molybdenum from the waste rock of the giant El Teniente mine in Chile.
That country… Read More
TEXAS ROADHOUSE INC., $95.75, is a buy. The company, symbol TXRH on Nasdaq, is a full-service, casual-dining restaurant chain with 654 locations spread across 49 U.S. states and 10 foreign countries. Each of those restaurants operates under one of three banners—Texas Roadhouse (616 locations), sports… Read More
We continue to assess the merits of ETFs that have underperformed for investors over the past 3 years: Below we give you a snapshot of funds focused on global energy stocks, copper miners and U.S. telecoms. Each faces industry pressures that impact your returns. Still,… Read More
Finning International began paying dividends in 1970. At current prices, the stock is now in the middle of the wide range between $15 and $35 that it has stayed in for the past 10 years. While in that range, it doubled its dividend, although a.. Read More
How to identify the top copper mining stocks—and how to best to fit them into your portfolio
Stocks of firms that produce oil and base metals, including copper, generally have higher dividend yields than, say, gold stocks. As well, they’re usually much cheaper than gold stocks… Read More
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