Q4 2013 Earnings Scorecard: Commodity Stock Hits and Misses

2013′s fourth quarter earnings season saw companies across all sectors reporting both hits and misses. Alcoa set the tone for the commodity space, reporting a fourth quarter net loss of $2.3 billion and missed analysts’ EPS estimates. While other commodity stocks also managed to post better-than-expected results, some showed signs of weakness from 2013′s commodity slump. Overall, most companies managed to post better-than-expected earnings during the fourth quarter as compared to the third [for more commodity news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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7 Commodity Producers That Are Dividend Aristocrats

Though the commodity space has faced significant headwinds over the past year, there have been certain corners of the market that have proven to be worthwhile investments. One such segment has been commodity producer equities – some of which have benefited from the bull run seen in 2013. But for those investors who are still looking for more bang for their buck, we turn to an elite group dubbed the “Dividend Aristocrats.” This select group of companies have increased their annual dividends every year for at least the past 25 years, giving yield-hungry investors a steady stream of current income [for more on commodity dividends subscribe to our free newsletter].

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Q3 Earnings Scorecard: Commodity Stock Hits And Misses

2013′s third quarter earnings season was perhaps not what many analysts had expected, as companies across all sectors reported both hits and misses. In the commodity space, Alcoa had set the tone for the start of the season, beating earnings and revenue estimates and posting a profit of $24 million. And while other commodity stocks also managed to post better-than-expected results, some showed signs of weakness from this year’s commodity slump [for more commodity news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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Major Commodity Earnings On Tap: EPB, KMI, SLB

With Alcoa (AA) kicking off earnings season this week, investors will be keeping a close eye on the results of their favorite commodity stocks. On Tuesday, the largest U.S. aluminum producer reported a profit of $24 million in the third quarter – a significant uptick from the $143 million loss reported a year ago. Revenues for the company came in at $5.765 billion, beating analyst estimates of $5.66 billion; Alcoa’s Q3 EPS of $0.11 also beat estimates by $0.06. In the coming week, investors will once again comb through a slew of earnings reports, but what is perhaps more important than the reports themselves is the particular outlook that each company provides [for more commodity news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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Commodity Stocks To Buy On The Dip: MON, NUE, PSX

U.S. markets have managed to rebound ferociously over the last two weeks as bargain shoppers stepped in following the Fed stimulus-fear induced sell-off which started on 5/22/2013. With earnings seasons upon us however, the bull may be in for a rude awakening as volatile trading and profit taking can sweep over Wall Street at the slightest sign of industry bellwethers missing the mark and revising their outlooks[for more commodity futures news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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Major Commodity Earnings This Week: Energy On Tap

With Alcoa (AA) kicking off earnings season early last week, the focus for many investors has shifted away from larger macroeconomic reports and honed in on the reports of industry bellwethers. While Alcoa set the tone by beating estimates, many feared that the company would eventually fall prey to weakening aluminum prices, getting the second quarter earnings season off to a foggy start. This week, though mostly filled with major financial institutions, will feature several reports from key players throughout the commodity world, with a focus on energy [for more commodity news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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5 Must-Watch Commodity Earnings This Week

With Alcoa (AA) kicking off earnings season last week, investors will spend the next few weeks combing through quarterly statements from their favorite commodity firms. Though Alcoa beat EPS estimates and saw a healthy net income, revenue fell short, leaving a somewhat mixed feeling for the stock. What is perhaps more important than the reports themselves is the particular outlook that each company provides; 2013 has been anything but kind to commodities and investors will pay extra attention to forecasts for the near future [for more commodity news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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Nucor (NUE) Fights To Stay In Trading Channel

Last week’s disappointing employment report put a dent in the bulls’ confidence; however, the parade has resumed with full force this week thanks to a solid start to earnings season with better-than-expected results from Alcoa. While major equity indexes have resumed their ascent to record highs, the skeptics continue to call for a market top in the face of rising prices. With no major fundamental changes taking place over the last few weeks, it’s difficult to gauge when the long-overdue correction will actually strike, as traders and investors alike have more reasons to buy on the dips rather than take profits [for more market news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter]. Steel manufacturer Nucor Corporation (NUE) presents an intriguing opportunity at the moment that warrants a closer look from swing traders looking to get a piece of the action on Wall Street.

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Steel Prices Heat Up

Though not one of the most popular industrial metals on Wall Street, steel has certainly been under close watch in the last few weeks, as commodity traders brace themselves for what looks like an inevitable spike in spot prices. After several lackluster earnings reports, top U.S. steelmakers have made it quite clear that steel will come at a higher price tag in the near future despite weak current demand [for more commodity news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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13 High-Yielding Commodities For 2013

As many individual investors have taken a cue from professional and institutional money managers, alternative investments have gone mainstream – and commodities lead the trend. Interest in this asset class has exploded as individual retail investors have discovered commodities’ vast benefits, like low correlation to equities and bonds, inflation-fighting capabilities and their ability to profit from some of the world’s fastest-growing emerging markets. These benefits have made funds like the  PowerShares DB Commodity Index Tracking Fund (DBC) popular holdings in many portfolios [for more commodity news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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