As we've hit the halfway point for 2012, now's a good time to look back at what's happening with the stocks that interest you. By making sure you know the important things that a company accomplished -- as well as the setbacks it experienced -- you can make a better decision about whether it's a smart investment for your portfolio.
Today, let's take a look at Stillwater Mining
Stats on Stillwater Mining
|2012 YTD Return||(18.4%)|
|Market Capitalization||$989 million|
|Revenue, Most Recent Quarter||$203.1 million|
|Year-Over-Year Revenue Growth, Most Recent Quarter||19.4%|
|Net Income, Most Recent Quarter||$2.4 million|
|Year-Over-Year Net Income Growth, Most Recent Quarter||(93.4%)|
|CAPS Rating (out of 5)||***|
Source: S&P Capital IQ.
Why is Stillwater Mining losing in 2012?
Stillwater had a very rough 2011, as improved production wasn't enough to outweigh concerns that the company overpaid for its acquisition of gold and copper miner Peregrine Metals. The shares lost half their value even as precious-metals prices held up pretty well.
Now, those favorable trends have given way to price declines. Like fellow platinum-group metal producer North American Palladium
At the beginning of the year, it appeared that platinum and palladium might get a boost from increased jewelry demand. But as a top premium jewelry retailer, Tiffany
To improve, Stillwater needs to have the risk-on trade rise in popularity again. Historically, platinum hasn't traded cheaper than gold for very long, and if the white metal can climb higher, it could bring Stillwater's stock along with it.
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