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When investors think of Latin American stocks to buy, they usually first think of Brazil. Brazil is the largest country in South America and is part of the BRICs group of emerging nations that were once thought to be the world's premier growth opportunities. While many think that Brazil will eventually get its act together [...]
Stocks to Buy: There's a Huge Opportunity in this Metals Producer
Our latest report on stocks to buy focuses on a metals-related play that's highly undervalued - and about to introduce a game-changing development to its business.
As base metals and material stocks have sold off in recent weeks, most of the attention has fallen on the shinier metals like gold and silver.
Unnoticed by most traders is the fact that zinc has dropped as well, although not as sharply. Prices of zinc have dropped about 8% in the past month and this is setting up a major buying opportunity in this North American zinc producer.
Although rarely discussed with the same fervor or regularity as its metallic brethren, zinc is actually the fourth most used metal in the world, and will see sharp demand pick up when the economy improves.
Over 12 million tons of the metal is produced annually for a range of uses. Although not as widely discussed as other precious and industrial metals zinc is something we all use every day knowingly or not.
Zinc is part of several alloys including brass, aluminum solder and commercial bronze. Zinc is also the primary metal used in production of the U.S. penny coin and has been since 1982. The metal is used in pigments for paints, a catalyst for rubber production, a fire retardant and a rocket propellant.
Zinc is far more reactive than iron or steel and attracts oxidization so it is often used as a galvanizing agent with these metals. For example, zinc is regularly used in the boating industry to protect propellers and the rudder from oxidization caused by seawater.
All these mean zinc will continue to be important to a variety of industries. That's why we like the long-term potential of a U.S. zinc producer whose shares are trading at a discount.
The following company is making huge moves to be the world's lowest cost zinc producer, which should lead to higher earnings and a much higher stock price
Stocks to Buy Now: How to Find the Next Whole Foods
With conservative, low-beta sectors such as consumer staples driving the market higher in the first quarter, it is not surprising that select food stocks are getting in on the act, being among favorite stocks to buy in Q1.
Prized for their consistent, predictable earnings and in many cases, steadily rising dividends, food stocks usually viewed as boring by investors were first-quarter leaders.
For example, General Mills Inc. (NYSE: GIS) surged 19.3% in the first quarter. The maker of Cheerios, and other highly recognizable brands announced a 15% dividend increase in March. Rivals ConAgra Foods Inc. (NYSE: CAG) and Kraft Foods Group Inc. (Nasdaq: KRFT) are up 19% and 12.6%, respectively.
But investors who want the reliability of food stocks but are in search of more growth should look past these big-name favorites.
There is another group of stocks delivering huge gains in the industry, and that's health food stocks.