Does the Recent Fall in Commodity Prices Signals a Buying Opportunity?

Commodity prices have slipped over the past six months, but analysts believe that in metals at least there is positive momentum going forward

Karen Kwok 29 June, 2017 | 3:10PM
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The recent fall in commodity prices might represent a buying opportunity, according to analysts. They point out that global economic growth should support demand for commodities – at least for metals - which should encourage more a more positive price momentum.

Over the past six months, commodity prices have fallen by 5.8%, while industrial metals are down 4.4%, according to data from ETF Securities.

Falling prices have had an impact on the energy sector as a whole, which is down 19.5% over this period. The share prices of mining stocks BHP Billiton (BLT) and Anglo American (AAL) are both down more than 9% year to date, while Rio Tinto (RIO) and Glencore (GLEN) are trading at similar levels after six months.  Besides BHP Billiton - that has is trading on its fair value estimate -  equity analysts from Morningstar say the other three stocks are trading above their shares’ fair value estimates.

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Securities Mentioned in Article

Security NamePriceChange (%)Morningstar
Anglo American PLC2,762.50 GBP0.00Rating
BHP Group PLC1,928.40 GBP0.00Rating
Glencore PLC368.55 GBP0.00Rating
JPM Natural Resources C Net Acc7.99 GBP-0.65Rating
Rio Tinto PLC4,649.00 GBP0.00Rating
T. Rowe Price Glb Nat Res Eq A USD9.45 USD0.78Rating

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Karen Kwok

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