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Two Ways to Play: Rio Tinto Eyeing Recovery


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Business is good at Rio Tinto

Shares of Rio Tinto (RTP) are slightly higher this morning after the mining giant reported strong production figures for the last quarter.

Iron ore production surged nearly 50% compared to the fourth quarter of 2008 as global iron ore sales hit a new quarterly record.

In a press release today, Chief Executive Tom Albanese said the company continues to see a recovery across most of its key commodities driven by continuing demand from China, but it's being cautious for the new year as stimulus packages wind down.

From the Bull Pen: Bulls can look to another mining giant, Agnico Eagle Mines (AEM). On the charts, a pullback to the 20-DMA ($55.81) could be seen as a bullish backtest. A sell stop can be set below that level.

From the Bear Cave: Even the bulls are eyeing the recent underperformance of China and the series of lower highs on the China 25 ETF (FXI). If that trend continues, then a downside play might exist in the S&P 500 depository ETF (SPY). The $115 level might prove to be too tough of resistance.

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A Quick Check Around the World

Asian trading closed with the Nikkei 1.61%, India 0.43%, Hang Seng -0.15%, Shanghai 1.35%, and Taiwan 1.14%.

Across the pond, we see the FTSE 0.36%, CAC 0.29%, DAX 0.33%

As of 8:10 AM EST, S&P Futures are trading +1.75 to 1143.25. Nasdaq futures are -0.250 to 1882.50.

A Look at Commodities

Over in commodities, crude oil is +0.37 to 80.02 while gold is +0.500 to 1137.30 this morning. Silver is -0.015 to 18.535 and copper +0.0180 to 3.4180.

The dollar Index is +0.1350 to 77.1250.

On the Radar


08:30 Initial Claims
08:30 Continuing Claims
08:30 Retail Sales 0.4% cons.
08:30 Retail Sales ex-auto 0.3% cons.
08:30 Export Prices ex-ag
08:30 Import Prices ex-oil
10:00 Business Inventories

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Good luck and have a great day!
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