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Our Outlook for Basic Materials Stocks

Lower commodity prices and a break-up of the European potash cartel have weighed on basic materials stocks year-to-date.

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  • A breakdown of the Eastern European potash cartel has repercussions in the global agriculture industry.
  • Still-low natural gas prices in the U.S. are helping domestic chemicals companies, hurting coal producers.
  • Concerns about emerging market economic growth rates have put pressure on commodity prices.


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Todd Wenning does not own shares in any of the securities mentioned above. Find out about Morningstar’s editorial policies.