In this article, we discuss the 10 best mineral stocks to buy now. If you want to skip our detailed analysis of these stocks, go directly to the 5 Best Mining Stocks To Buy Now.
The mining industry has shown resilience amid the pandemic. As per PwC, the top 40 mining companies in the world had combined revenue of $544.4 billion in 2020, up 4.4% from 2019. Additionally, the mining industry continues to profit from the rebounding economic activities globally. This is due to the increase in demand for commodities. For example, the recent passage of a $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill caused mining stock prices to skyrocket in early November. Among the biggest mining stocks in the market include Freeport-McMoRan Inc. (NYSE:FCX), Cleveland-Cliffs Inc. (NYSE:CLF), and Alcoa Corporation (NYSE:AA).
The outlook for mining commodities has improved since the introduction of the COVID-19 vaccine. One of the raw materials that rallied in the recent months is iron ore. Between April 2020 and May 2021, iron ore prices rose from $80/t to a high of $233/t, according to consultancy firm McGrathNicol. Yet, iron ore prices dropped to as low as $94/t by mid-September as China, the world's largest importer of iron ore, limits its steel production to 2020 levels. Meanwhile, the S&P Global Market Intelligence forecasted an iron ore price of $110/t in Q4 2021 and $115/t in 2022. Analysts estimate that iron ore producers such as BHP Group (NYSE:BHP) and Rio Tinto Group (NYSE:RIO) would not restrict supply as long as profits remain in the $100/t range.
Meanwhile, in early October, other raw materials such as aluminum, copper, and nickel saw year-to-date gains of 47%, 20%, and 8%, respectively, according to Bloomberg Commodity Spot Index. This is due to the increase in demand for metals used in electric vehicle production.
According to a Research and Market report, the global mining industry was valued at $1.6 trillion in 2020. The mining industry is expected to reach $1.8 trillion in 2021 at a CAGR of 12.4%, fueled by mining companies' recovery from restricted operations during the pandemic's peak. The global mining industry is projected to reach $2.4 trillion value by 2025.
These are the mining stocks with strong mining operations in and outside the US. We included mining stocks that have positive analyst ratings and long-term growth catalysts. We also took into account hedge fund sentiment based on the data of over 873 hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey.
We ranked the list based on the number of hedge funds having stakes in each firm as of the second quarter.
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Here is our list of the 10 best mining stocks to buy now.
Best Mining Stocks To Buy Now
10. Sibanye Stillwater Limited (NYSE:SBSW)
Number of Hedge Fund Holders: 15
We'll start our list of best mining stocks to buy with Sibanye Stillwater Limited (NYSE:SBSW), a global precious metal mining company based in South Africa. The mining company is a producer of gold and platinum-group metals.
On October 12, Abhi Agarwal of Deutsche Bank initiated a Buy rating on Sibanye Stillwater Limited (NYSE:SBSW) with a price target of $19. Agarwal believes Sibanye's growing mineral portfolio will generate free cash flow in the coming years.
The mining stock jumped 3.5% on October 26 following its acquisition of nickel and copper mines from Appian Capital Advisory. These mines located in Brazil will be purchased by the mining company for $1 billion in cash and a 5% net smelter return royalty.
Of the 873 elite funds tracked by Insider Monkey, 15 were long for Sibanye Stillwater Limited (NYSE:SBSW) at the end of June, compared to 16 in the first quarter of 2021.
Sibanye Stillwater Limited (NYSE:SBSW) is one of the best mining stocks according to market analysts, just like Freeport-McMoRan Inc. (NYSE:FCX), Cleveland-Cliffs Inc. (NYSE:CLF), and Alcoa Corporation (NYSE:AA).
9. BHP Group (NYSE:BHP)
Number of Hedge Fund Holders: 18
BHP Group (NYSE:BHP) is one of the largest mining companies in the world, with established operations in over 90 countries. The Australian mining company produces iron ore, copper, nickel, coal, potash, and petroleum.
BHP Group (NYSE:BHP) was given an Outperform rating by Bernstein and Macquarie alongside price targets of A$45 and A$56, respectively. At the end of the second quarter of 2021, 18 hedge funds in the database of Insider Monkey held stakes worth $753 million in BHP Group (NYSE:BHP).
“Our purchase of Australian mining company BHP is an example of a quality company at a moderate valuation that should deliver attractive long-term returns. We believe the market has undervalued its enduring competitive advantage due to its low-cost iron and copper mining operations which has allowed the company to deliver consistent profits and cash flows across the inevitable ups and downs of the global metals cycle. While the variability of commodity prices prevents BHP from scoring in the top ranks of measured quality, we are willing to bear some of that uncertainty in return for a more attractive valuation given the company’s strong business fundamentals.”
8. MP Materials Corp. (NYSE:MP)
Number of Hedge Fund Holders: 20
MP Materials Corp. (NYSE:MP) is a Nevada-based integrated rare earth mining company. MP Materials Corp. (NYSE:MP) mines lanthanum, neodymium and praseodymium, and SEG+. These elements are used in manufacturing EV batteries, medical devices, and lasers.
Year to date, the mining stock gained 50%. MP Materials Corp.'s (NYSE:MP) revenue in the third quarter jumped 143% year over year to $99.7 million, beating estimates by $22.6 million.
On October 26, JPMorgan analyst Tyler Langton maintained an Overweight rating on MP Materials Corp. (NYSE:MP) with a price target of $45 per share.
At the end of the second quarter of 2021, 20 hedge funds in the database of Insider Monkey held stakes worth $2.57 billion in MP Materials Corp. (NYSE:MP).
7. Rio Tinto Group (NYSE:RIO)
Number of Hedge Fund Holders: 21
Rio Tinto Group (NYSE:RIO) is one of the world's biggest mining companies that is based in London, UK. The company engages in mining raw materials including copper, aluminum, iron ore, lithium, and diamonds. The mining behemoth has operations in over 35 countries.
Even though Rio Tinto Group (NYSE:RIO) saw a decline in the number of hedge funds having stakes in the company in the second quarter, the stock remains the most popular mining stock among institutional investors. At the end of June, 21 funds out of the 873 tracked by Insider Monkey had stakes in the company, compared to 25 in the previous quarter.
On November 3, Alain Gabriel of Morgan Stanley increased his price target for Rio Tinto Group (NYSE:RIO) to 4,880 GPB from GBP 4,750, while maintaining an Equal Weight rating on the shares.
Among the hedge funds being tracked by Insider Monkey, Fisher Asset Management is a leading shareholder in Rio Tinto Group (NYSE:RIO) with 13 million shares worth more than $892 million at the end of the September quarter.
6. Cameco Corporation (NYSE:CCJ)
Number of Hedge Fund Holders: 25
Cameco Corporation (NYSE:CCJ) is the world's largest uranium company. The Canadian mining company is capable of producing more than 53 million pounds of uranium concentrates per year. Additionally, the mining company operates a fuel segment with operations in Asia, Europe, and the Americas.
Shares of Cameco Corporation (NYSE:CCJ) jumped nearly 8% on November 3 after Bank of America analyst Lawson Winder upgraded the mining stock to Buy from Neutral. Winder also raised his price target for the stock to C$40 from C$36.25. The analyst believes that Cameco would benefit from the growing popularity of nuclear energy in global decarbonization.
Of the 873 elite funds tracked by Insider Monkey, 25 were long for Cameco Corporation (NYSE:CCJ) at the end of June, compared to 30 in the first quarter of 2021.
Among the hedge funds being tracked by Insider Monkey, Florida-based investment firm Kopernik Global Investors is a leading shareholder in Cameco Corporation (NYSE:CCJ) with 8.9 million shares worth more than $195 million at the end of September quarter.
In addition to Freeport-McMoRan Inc. (NYSE:FCX), Cleveland-Cliffs Inc. (NYSE:CLF), and Alcoa Corporation (NYSE:AA), Cameco Corporation (NYSE:CCJ) is one of the mining stocks favored by analysts and investors as a long-term investment.
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