5 Materials Stocks Mixing Up Bad Returns
While a revisiting of basic materials stocks may be wise, there are some whose returns warrant suspicion.

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 five materials stocks for you to be concerned about.

Bryan Perry recently told investors why they should revisit basic materials stocks. He basically said we should follow his gut on purchasing stocks in this sector because many of the basic materials stocks listed in the iShares Dow Jones US Basic Materials (NYSE:IYM) ETF are making key upside technical reversals on rising volume. While it is true that many materials stocks are on the rise, there are some whose year-to-date success isn’t enough to receive exceptional grades in by Portfolio Grader tool.

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.”

Aluminum Corp. of China (NYSE:ACH) is a producer of alumina, primary aluminum and aluminum fabrication, as its name suggests. In the last year, ACH stock has dipped 45%, compared to a gain of nearly 7% for the Dow Jones. ACH stock gets a “D” for earnings momentum, an “F” for the magnitude in which earnings projections have increased over the past month and a “D” for return on equity in my Portfolio Grader tool. For more information, view my complete analysis of ACH stock.

Cemex (NYSE:CX) is a Mexican-based cement manufacturing company that has watched its stock value dip 32% in the last 12 months. CX stock gets an “F” for sales growth, an “F” for the magnitude in which earnings projections have increased over the past month, an “F” for cash flow and an “F” for return on equity in my Portfolio Grader tool. For more information, view my complete analysis of CX stock.

Kinross Gold (NYSE:KGC) explores for, acquires, develops and operates gold bearing properties across the world. In the past year, KGC stock has lost 31%. KGC stock gets a “D” for operating margin growth, a “D” for earnings growth, a “D” for the magnitude in which earnings projections have increased over the past month and a “D” for return on equity in my Portfolio Grader tool. For more information, view my complete analysis of KGC stock.

Mosaic (NYSE:MOS) is involved with concentrated phosphate and potash crop nutrients. Despite gains by the broader markets, MOS stock has dipped 28% in the last year. MOS stock gets a “D” for operating margin growth, a “D” for earnings growth, a “D” for earnings momentum and a “D” for the magnitude in which earnings projections have increased over the past month in my Portfolio Grader tool. For more information, view my complete analysis of KGC stock.

Sealed Air (NYSE:SEE) develops packaging for food, industrial, medical and consumer applications. SEE rounds out the list losing almost 26% in the last year. SEE stock gets a “D” for operating margin growth and a “D” for its ability to exceed the consensus earnings estimates on Wall Street in my Portfolio Grader tool. For more information, view my complete analysis of SEE stock.

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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