[This blog post is an excerpt from a recent TSI commentary, with updated charts and minor modifications]
As is the case with the price of , the price of the S&P Agricultural Index (GKX) appears to have made a cycle low via a double bottom in April and June of this year. At this stage the rebound from the Q2-2020 bottom doesn’t look more significant than any of the other rebounds of the past five years (see chart below), but the combination of rampant monetary inflation, rising inflation expectations and increasingly-volatile weather due to natural climate cycles is the recipe for a much longer and larger rally.
GKX Daily Chart
For at least the past 12 months we have argued that owning the stocks of fertilizer producers such as Mosaic (NYSE:) and Nutrien (NYSE:) is the best way for most people to participate in the agricultural (‘ag’) commodities bull market that potentially will unfold during 2020-2022. That continues to be our view. Although the fertilizer producers only provide indirect exposure to rising prices for ag commodities, obtaining direct exposure via the stock market involves owning ETFs that usually suffer substantial value leakage due to the “futures roll.”
The following daily charts show that the aforementioned stocks have rebounded strongly from their March-2020 lows but remain well below their highs of the past 12 months.
MOS Daily Chart
NTR Daily Chart
Not evident on the above daily charts is the fact that MOS and NTR are trading at small fractions of their 2008 peaks. The following weekly charts provide some additional perspective.
MOS Weekly Chart
NRT Weekly Chart
We think that the risk/reward ratios of these stocks are roughly equivalent, with NTR being less risky and MOS offering greater leverage. Both companies were very profitable in the June-2020 quarter and should become even more profitable over the quarters/years ahead.
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