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Costco Tops Fiscal 1Q18 Estimates

Costco Wholesale (COST) reported stronger-than-expected fiscal 1Q18 results, surpassing analysts’ expectations for both sales and EPS (earnings per share).

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Pre-Market Report: Global Markets Are Weak on December 15

After a pullback on Thursday, the Shanghai Composite Index opened lower on December 15 and fell to five-week low price levels.

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US Markets Had a Mixed Performance on December 14

The S&P 500 started this week on a stronger note. Despite a strong start, the market lost momentum as the week progressed and fell on Thursday.

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Can Kohl’s Stock Pick Up Some Momentum?

Kohl’s (KSS) stock price has risen 1.8% on a YTD (year-to-date) basis as of December 12.

RECENT Basic Materials RESEARCH

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Goldcorp's 1Q15 Production and Investor Day Highlights

Goldcorp’s annual guidance for 2015 remains at 3.3 million–3.6 million ounces of production for AISC of $875–$950 per ounce.

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Highlights of the Potential BHP Billiton-South32 Demerger

BHP Billiton’s (BHP) board recommended voting in favor of the South32 demerger. The shareholder approval vote on the demerger will be held on May 6, 2015.

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Recent Aluminum Industry Indicators – What Do They Mean?

Alcoa has lost almost a sixth of its market capitalization so far in 2015. Aluminum industry indicators have taken a beating since the middle of last year.

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Teck Resources: Over a Century in Mining

In this series, we’ll present a complete business overview. We’ll discuss the key things you should know before investing in Teck Resources.

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Key Indicators Freeport Investors Should Track

Freeport has lost almost 20% of its market capitalization so far this year, making 2015 a turbulent period for the company.

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Iron Ore Outlook: Prices Remain Lower for Longer

Iron ore prices hit a 6.5-year low of $54.20 per ton on March 23. The prices already fell by 13% YTD (year-to-date). The prices fell by 49% in 2014.

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What Investors Should Know about Cliffs in a Very Weak Market

Cliffs’ (CLF) stock prices fell to a fresh 52-week low of $4.24 on March 19, mostly due to an iron ore supply glut coupled with slowing Chinese demand.

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Key Takeaways from Constellium’s 4Q Financial Results

Constellium released its 4Q14 financial results on March 12. It delivered an EPS of 0.48 euros in 2014. Its shipments in 4Q14 increased by 6% on a YoY basis.

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Investors Should Know about Vale's Performance and Outlook

Key earnings takeaways from Vale’s results show cost of goods sold amounted to $25.1 billion in 2014, an increase of $819 million from 2013.

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Alcoa investors – some key aluminum indicators you should track

In this series, we’ll look at the key aluminum indicators and how they’re shaping up. We’ll see the movement in aluminum prices and physical premiums.

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Gold outlook is gloomy as the US economy shines

In this series, we’ll look at some gold indicators investors can track to get a sense of what direction the price of gold will take.

Highlights
BHP Billiton's earnings are strong despite price weakness

BHP Billiton’s 1H15 results beat market expectations, particularly in terms of the company’s costs and productivity savings.

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Iron ore indicators to track before investing

It’s important to look at iron ore indicators collectively because they give clues about the direction of iron ore prices.

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Freeport-McMoRan: Investment profile of a leading copper miner

Freeport-McMoRan (FCX) is a leading natural resources company. It’s among the top copper producers and holds the position of largest molybdenum producer.

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Key Takeaways From Century Aluminum's 4Q Earnings

Century Aluminum (CENX) posted its 4Q14 financial results on February 24 after the market closed. The earnings came in lower than analysts’ expectations.

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What to watch for before investing in gold

Investors usually view gold as an inflation hedge. In this series, we’ll explore factors responsible for the recent volatility seen in gold prices.

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Keep your eye on North American gold producers' 4Q14 results

North American senior gold producers are currently reporting their earnings. Gold prices were volatile in 2014, but gold ended up down only 1.5%.

Energy
Rio Tinto's results were impressive in fiscal year 2014

Rio Tinto’s (RIO) Energy segment reported an underlying loss of $210 million—compared to underlying earnings of $33 million in 2013.

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Rio Tinto's results were impressive in fiscal year 2014

Rio Tinto (RIO) announced its full-year 2014 results on February 12, 2015. Overall, the results beat market expectations.

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Overview: Key indicators of the aluminum industry

Aluminum plays had a solid 2014 on Wall Street. The aluminum industry was a standout among commodity plays, unlike other metals like steel and iron ore.

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