Is Vale (VALE) Setting Up for a Big Move?

Vale S.A. (VALE) is the world’s largest iron ore miner and one of the largest diversified miners. Earnings are dominated by the bulk materials division, primarily iron ore and iron ore pellets, with minor contributions from iron ore proxies, including manganese and coal…

Vale S.A. (VALE) iron ore production in the second-quarter improved 12% year over year to 75.7 million tons (Mt). VALE is also expected to gain on rising iron ore prices. Iron ore demand is increasing due to the global economic recovery. Plus, improving industrial activity has been aiding copper prices.

As of the most recent quarter, VALE has $14.6 billion in cash compared with only $1.2 billion in short-term debt. The company also has a high profit margin of 30.6%. In terms of growth, sales have grown an average of 17.2% per year over the past five years and are up 58.2% over the past year.

The stock is very underpriced at its current price with a trailing P/E of 6.63 and a forward P/E of only 3.97. VALE’s stock had been trending up since the fall but has shown mixed performance since June as shown in the chart below.

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