After underperforming much of the mining sector in 2022, analyst John Burford believes this blue-chip just got interesting.
Is sleepy Fresnillo about to be re-awakened?
FTSE 100 silver miner Fresnillo (LSE:FRES) is an old friend and has been under the cosh in recent weeks as the silver price has languished. But with the very recent sharp improvement in the precious metals, are the shares finally set for a re-rating?
Very unusually for an important industrial commodity, silver is trading today at the same price as it did in 2013. But with silver being an essential component in the production of electric vehicles, or EVs (currently 55 million ounces used annually), the outlook is for even higher demand for the metal as EV demand increases.
One fly in the EV ointment is the capacity production constraints imposed by the supply bottlenecks of lithium mining where prices are shooting ever higher.
Also, silver is used extensively in electronic devices, and with Apple's recent better-than-expected iPhone sales data, growth in this market seems unexpectedly back on a positive track.
Fresnillo’s recent setback has been inspired by forecasts of a global recession and the hawkish tone of the Federal Reserve who has raised interest rates into the current price inflation scenario.
Here is the long-range chart that strongly suggests the shares are poised for a major third-wave rally phase, provided they can break above the upper tramline. Remember, third waves tend to be long and strong which makes them reasonably identifiable on the charts.
For instance, the silver price is in a third wave up off the 14 July low of $18 (currently over $20).
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Fresnillo’s sharp move up to wave 1 earlier in the year contained a third wave which was long and strong. The decline off that wave 1 high appears to be a classic three down a-b-c pattern to the wave 2 low. And now the market is advancing in what should be wave 3.
Past performance is not a guide to future performance.
This would be confirmed by a sharp move above the 'b' wave high at £10 which should set up my pink target at £14 with higher potential. Only a move below the £6 mark would see me heading towards the exit.
Near term, the company will report interim earnings on 2 August. It currently pays a 3.6% dividend.
John Burford is a freelance contributor and not a direct employee of interactive investor.
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