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Positive Outlook For Copper Miners In 2024: Freeport Has 11% Upside, While This Small Cap Boasts 120% Upside

Published 07/02/2024, 22:37
Updated 07/02/2024, 23:40
© Reuters.  Positive Outlook For Copper Miners In 2024: Freeport Has 11% Upside, While This Small Cap Boasts 120% Upside

Benzinga - by Surbhi Jain, .

The global copper market is expected to balance as ROW (Rest of the World) demand recovers and supply tightens, according to a report from JPMorgan.

Key indicators include a 1.2% year-to-date increase in global output through November, with strong December data from Chile indicating solid 2023 production.

Also Read: Experts Predict Copper Prices Set To Soar Over 75% By 2025, Thanks To Renewable Energy Transition, Supply Disruptions

Bullish Outlook Supported By Recovery in RoW Despite a weak RoW demand, robust consumption in China has offset the balance. Spot treatment charges have sharply dropped from $90/t in August 2023 to below $30/t, signaling a tight concentrate market.

Copper inventories remain at multi-year lows, and JPMorgan anticipates a balanced market in 2024, shifting to a deficit in 2025 following recent supply disruptions like Cobre Panama.

While copper fundamentals improve, recent copper prices have moved sideways due to an uninspiring macroeconomic backdrop. JPMorgan’s bullish outlook relies on a 3.5% growth in China’s demand, further supported by a recovery in the RoW in the second half of 2024.

Investor Implications Investors are presented with an optimistic backdrop. The current market conditions, with tightening supply and recovering demand, suggest a favorable environment for potential returns. The sector’s attractive valuations and dividend yields further enhance the appeal for investors seeking exposure to the positive copper market dynamics.

Equity Opportunities: JPMorgan’s global copper miner stock ratings align with a positive bias based on the constructive copper outlook. The sector’s attractive valuation is highlighted by a 2025E EV/EBITDA of 5.6x and a 2025E dividend yield of 5.1%. Notably, two U.S. traded stocks found in the report offered promise:

  • Freeport-McMoRan Inc (NYSE:FCX) — Analyst Bill Peterson sees an 11% upside potential with this stock. Currently trading at around $38.7, Peterson has a price target of $43 on the stock.
  • Ivanhoe Electric Inc (AMEX:IE) — Analyst Bill Peterson sees a 120% upside associated with this small-cap copper play. Ivanhoe Electric has a market cap of just under $1 billion and trades at around $8.2. Peterson has a price target of $18 on the stock.
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