December 06, 2011 at 10:36 AM EST
7 Banged-Up Commodity Stocks to Sell
Inflation and higher commodities prices lead to larger profits, but a lot of industrial commodities such as iron, aluminum and steel are seeing weak demand.

Investors are stocking up on commodity stocks amid high inflation, with the prospect of higher prices leading to higher profits. But not all commodity stocks are created equal. A lot of industrial commodities such as iron, aluminum and steel are seeing weak demand — despite inflation pushing up prices.

I watch more than 5,000 publicly traded companies with my Portfolio Grader tool, ranking companies by a number of fundamental and quantitative measures. And this week, I’ve got seven commodity stocks to sell.

Here they are, in alphabetical order. Each one of these stocks gets a “D” or “F” according to my research, meaning it is a “sell” or “strong sell.”

Alcoa Inc. (NYSE:AA) produces and manages aluminum, fabricated aluminum and alumina. AA finds a spot on this list after posting a loss of 35% year-to-date.

ArcelorMittal (NYSE:MT) is a global steel producer that shipped approximately 85 million tons of steel in 2010. Despite such huge production, MT stock has dipped almost 50% year-to-date.

Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold (NYSE:FCX) is involved with copper, gold and molybdenum mining. Year-to-date, FCX stock has lost 33%, compared to gains by the broader markets.

Ivanhoe Mines Ltd. (NYSE:IVN) is based in British Columbia and is an international mineral explorer and developer. Since the start of 2011, IVN stock has posted an uninspiring loss of 7%.

Kinross Gold Corp. (NYSE:KGC) explores, acquires, develops and operates gold properties in the U.S. Since Jan. 1, KGC stock has lost 29% and has left shareholders questioning their initial purchase.

POSCO (NYSE:PKX) is based in South Korea and is a producer of integrated steel. PKX is down 19% since the start of 2011.

Vale (NYSE:VALE) is a metal and mining company headquartered in Brazil. VALE stock is down 30% year-to-date, compared to a gain of almost 5% for the Dow Jones.

Get more analysis of these picks and other publicly traded stocks with Louis Navellier’s Portfolio Grader tool, a 100% free stock-rating tool that measures both quantitative buying pressure and eight fundamental factors.


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