Honda Motor President, CEO and representative director Takahiro Hachigo (C) answers questions following a joint press conference with Hitachi Automotive Systems President and CEO Hideki Seki, in Tokyo on February 7, 2017. Japanese automaker Honda announced February 7 a joint venture with Hitachi Automotive Systems, a subsidiary of the industrial conglomerate, to collaborate in the field of electric and hybrid vehicles. / AFP / KAZUHIRO NOGI (Photo credit should read KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP/Getty Images)
By 2040, Japan will rise as East Asia’s leading power. This is one of our most controversial forecasts at Geopolitical Futures.
Our readers know that GPF is bearish on China. And while some may disagree on that point, they usually see that the reasoning is sound. China will face serious problems in coming years… problems that will strain the Communist Party’s rule.
stocks and shares: Agrium Inc.(AGU)
- [By Chad Fraser]
The agriculture ETF is heavily weighted toward the U.S., with 45.8% of its assets there, but it is geographically diverse, with exposure to countries such as Canada (9.9%), Switzerland (8.5%), Japan (6.7%) and Singapore (5.1%).
Potash Cartel Breakup Has Weighed on This Agriculture ETF
The ETF’s unit price declined in the first half of 2013, partly because of the breakup of the Belarusian Potash Company (BPC), through which Russia’s Uralkali, the world’s No. 1 potash producer, and Belaruskali of Belarus distribute their potash. The market is dominated by BPC and Canpotex, owned by Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan (NYSE: POT), Mosaic and Agrium Inc. (NYSE: AGU).
Together, the two cartels control 70% of global potash exports, so the breakup of BPC will result in a more fractured market, which seems likely to push potash prices lower. Shares of major potash producers fell sharply on the news, as did Market Vectors Agribusiness ETF due to its potash stock holdings, which include Agrium, Potash Corp. and Mosaic.
- [By Jon C. Ogg]
Gains are being seen elsewhere as well, except in shares of The Mosaic Company (NYSE: MOS). AgriumInc. (NYSE: AGU) was up almost 3% at $91.95 in late Monday trading, although this one held up much better in the destructive news phase when the alarming news roiled these stocks. The big winner is Intrepid Potash, Inc. (NYSE: IPI), with a gain of 7% to $16.20 in late-Monday trading.
- [By Shanthi Rexaline]
Agri-Input Companies — Seeds/ Fertilizers/Pesticides Manufacturers
Monsanto Company (NYSE: MON): +68.82 percent since 2011. Syngenta AG (ADR) (NYSE: SYT): +56.26 percent since 2011. Mosaic Co (NYSE: MOS): -63.1 percent since 2011. Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan (USA) (NYSE: POT): -67.8 percent since 2011. CF Industries Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CF): +5.04 percent since 2011. Agrium Inc. (USA) (NYSE: AGU): +1.10 percent since 2011.
stocks and shares: MDU Resources Group, Inc.(MDU)
- [By Lisa Levin]
In trading on Monday, utilities shares fell by 1.08 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included South Jersey Industries Inc (NYSE: SJI), down 4 percent, and MDU Resources Group Inc (NYSE: MDU), down 4 percent.
stocks and shares: Centerra Gold Inc. (CAGDF)
- [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]
Centerra Gold (OTCPK:CAGDF) bought out the previous owner of the Mt. Milligan Mine, Thompson Creek Metals, which really saved the asset for Royal Gold, as I explained in a past article. Mt. Milligan contributed $31.66 million of Royal Gold’s $106.9 million revenue this past quarter, or 29.6% of total revenue. I own shares of Centerra Gold, and I think Mt. Milligan is a strong asset that will contribute tons of cash flow for Royal Gold.
stocks and shares: Valmont Industries, Inc.(VMI)
- [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]
In the Lightning Round, Cramer was bullish on Masco (MAS) , American Electric Power (AEP) and Valmont Industries (VMI) .
Cramer was bearish on Wisconsin Energy (WEC) .