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Stocks in the Fertilizer group are moving higher Wednesday afternoon following some new coverage from RBC Capital’s Chris Nocella this morning. The Market Vectors Agribusiness ETF (NYSE: MOO) is trading up more than 0.7 percent at last check. Nocella initiated coverage on the following stocks: Mosaic (NYSE: MOS) – Outperform, $57 price target – The analyst is attracted to a recent trend toward “improving demand in the potash and phosphate markets” and an expectation for “substantial” returns to holders over the next few years. Nocella noted the company’s solid position in the phosphate market which could “better position Mosaic if others are interested in its potash assets.” Agrium (NYSE: AGU) – Outperform, $122 target – Called Agrium’s input business “the most diverse, vertically integrated” within the Ag space. Sees “a clear path to strong earnings growth from both its Retail and Wholesale” units which could translate to “robust cash flows … Continue reading

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Oil prices might be at multiyear lows but on Thursday, small cap oil services stock Key Energy Services, Inc (NYSE: KEG) surged 35.59% meaning its worth taking a closer look at the stock along with the performance of oil benchmarks like the Market Vectors Oil Services ETF (NYSEARCA: OIH) and the United States Oil Fund LP ETF (NYSEARCA: USO). After all, oil services stocks should not be surging right now. What is Key Energy Services, Inc? Small cap Key Energy Services is the largest onshore, rig-based well servicing contractor based on the number of rigs owned and provides a complete range of well intervention services with operations in all major onshore oil and gas producing regions of the continental United States and internationally in Mexico, Colombia, Ecuador, the Middle East and Russia. Onshore energy production services and solutions include drilling and workover rigs, coiled tubing, frac stack and well testing, … Continue reading

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Lulled by the rhythm of recurring record highs for the S&P 500 (SNPINDEX: ^GSPC  ) and Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJINDICES: ^DJI  ) , there is the risk that some investors will be seduced by bubble-logic. Oaktree’s Howard Marks eloquently captured this thinking at the Milken Institute’s Global Conference last week, noting: People ignored the cyclicality of things [during the credit bubble]. They thought trees would grow to the sky. They believed in permanent good times. Cyclicals at a 15-year lowThankfully, such behavior is not widespread right now. In fact, as I pointed out only last Friday, the current stock market rally appears to be one of the most mistrusted on record. Still, investors should always pay attention to cyclicality, particularly when it appears to have reached an extreme — because it is a probable source for huge opportunity — or risk (and often both.) Today, cyclicality appears to have reached an … Continue reading

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Period ended June 30, 2013: For the first half of 2013, the Matthews Japan Fund gained 21.19%, outperforming its benchmark, the MSCI Japan Index, which returned 16.64%. For the quarter ended June 30, the Fund returned 5.99% while its benchmark returned 4.42%. The quarter was a roller coaster ride for Japan investors, marked by strong gains until mid-quarter followed by a sharp correction toward the latter half of the period. The quarter began with the Bank of Japan (BOJ) announcing a larger-than-expected quantitative easing measure that propelled Japan’s equity markets to five-year highs. Overseas investors were the primary drivers of the rally, pouring roughly US$46 billion into Japanese equities during the quarter. The yen also weakened considerably against the dollar, breaking above 100 yen against the U.S. dollar mark for the first time since April 2009. This bull market turned rather abruptly after comments from the U.S. Federal Reserve regarding … Continue reading

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It’s not often that you get to see, in real time, how some of the analysts you follow are performing. With our CAPS system, that’s now possible. Even more rare is the ability to get real-time updates on what analysts are buying and selling — all for free. But that’s exactly what we offer at The Motley Fool, through our Real-Money Stock Picking program. Ten of the Fool’s in-house analysts are making real purchases with the Fool’s money. I’ve highlighted three of those buys made in April, and the reasoning behind them. At the end, I’ll offer up access to a special premium report on one of these three companies. Vermillion Energy (NYSE: VET  ) Source:, Rosemary Ratcliff. Analyst Nathan Parmelee, having worked for years on The Motley Fool’s Global Gains team, focuses on companies that have a big impact abroad. Usually, these are the types of plays that the … Continue reading