Historically, tumultuous times offer some of the best opportunities to buy stocks, and the market's recent mess surely qualifies. And though major silver player Silver Wheaton (NYSE: SLW ) has already more than recovered from the brunt of the recession, many investors expect even better times ahead.
In our Motley Fool CAPS community, about 96% of the 2,001 investors rating the company are bullish, so there's no shortage of reasons why Silver Wheaton will thrive, three of which I've highlighted below.
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1. Strong financials
Consistent with peer Silvercorp Metals' (NYSE: SVM ) and Pan American Silver's (Nasdaq: PAAS ) record quarterly production numbers, Silver Wheaton hasn't been left out, cranking out its own records in earnings and silver equivalent sales volume in its most recent quarter. And with investments in silver streams from Goldcorp's (NYSE: GG ) Penasquito mine and Barrick Gold's (NYSE: ABX ) up-and-coming Pascua-Lama project, investors look for Silver Wheaton's hot streak to continue.
2. Killer business model
While Silver Wheaton doesn't sport negative cash costs for silver production like Silvercorp or Hecla Mining (NYSE: HL ) , many CAPS members like its alternative approach with a fixed cost structure and reduced downside risk, which leverages the upside of rising silver prices. The company's business model has it sitting on long-term silver purchase agreements with claim to sizable reserves that many investors believe will keep the profits rolling.
3. Long-term silver demand
The ascent of gold and silver prices is resulting in fresh highs for gold miners such as Newmont Mining (NYSE: NEM ) and creating large inflows of investment in gold and silver exchange-traded funds. While much of the attention toward precious metals is driven by a flight to safety, many investors remain bullish on silver's long-term outlook thanks to its industrial uses that back up its allure as a precious metal. With this, many CAPS members see increasing long-term demand.
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