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3 Bearish Notes on This Mining Giant

While there are several reasons to be bullish on Cliffs Natural Resources (NYSE: CLF  ) , these must be weighed against the cautionary tales that tell its story. For Cliffs in particular its reliance on steel and a few major customers for the bulk of its revenue places it in a precarious situation. Due to steel's long life, global growth is the ultimate driver behind Cliffs' success, and the loss of any one of its top customers could significantly impact its stock price. Take a look at this quick video from Motley Fool energy and materials analyst Taylor Muckerman for a little bit more color on these issues and more.

There is more to Cliffs Natural Resources than just these negative issues:
Cliffs Natural Resources has grown from a domestic iron ore producer into an international player in both the iron ore and metallurgical coal markets. It has performed well, relative to many competitors, in a very cyclical industry because of several factors that are likely to remain advantageous for Cliffs' management. For details on these advantages and more, click here now to check out The Motley Fool's brand new premium report on the company.


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Taylor Muckerman
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Taylor is an Associate GM in our Fool International operations. Prior to that he covered all things Energy + Materials as an analyst. Over the years, he has built an investing skill set to rely on when evaluating companies inside and out. While at the Fool, he has made appearances on CNBC and Fox Business. In addition, he completed his MBA at the University of Maryland and will sit for the Level II CFA Exam.

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