Bhp Billiton Plc (NYSE:BBL)

CAPS Rating: 3 out of 5

A diversified resources company that operates in several commodity businesses, including aluminum, energy coal and metallurgical coal, manganese, uranium, silver and titanium minerals, and has interests in oil, gas, liquefied natural gas and diamonds.


Player Avatar SgtGlenn (< 20) Submitted: 1/20/2010 11:50:46 PM : Underperform Start Price: $54.92 BBL Score: +95.84

I feel a little silly giving this one a red thumb, but it is purely a play on market valuation. For the company and its industry, I am all green, baby. However, everybody and their brother feels the same way I do (commodities! China! money!), and this is dangerous, mostly because BBL is a big name in this area.

Currently, it is trading at 32.57 times earnings, compared to a sector average of 17 times.

Investors have overvalued this stock, thanks to its strong cash and management positions. Unfortunately, earnings cannot keep pace with expectations; China is going to put the brakes on its economy, and the rest of the world is still FLAT growth-wise.

Expect this stock to come back to earth soon.

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