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Varun Chandan

Varun Chandan


I have a Master in Finance degree from IE Business School in Madrid. I use the top-down approach when it comes to investing. I like to analyze macroeconomic factors and how they impact individual companies.

Recent articles

Aluminum Prices Finally Cross the $2k Mark

Aluminum prices hit a 17-month high.

China’s Shale Gas Push Could Be Huge for U.S. Companies

China is spending heavily on developing its shale resources, offering a major opportunity for U.S. oilfield services firms.

Putin's Iron Grip: How America's Energy Secrets Can Unshackle Europe

Europe needs to press the case for developing its shale resources.

Could This Trend Send Silver Stocks Higher?

Silver miners will benefit from a pick-up in industrial demand.

Why More Deals Could Be on the Way in the Bakken

The Bakken shale play could see more deals as producers look to expand and achieve operational efficiency.

Will Barrick Gold's CEO Departure Revive Newmont Merger Talks?

The departure of Jamie Sokalsky means that John Thornton is in effect CEO of Barrick Gold.

Mining Giants Taking a Long-Term View of the Iron Ore Market

Rio Tinto has reported record iron ore production for the first half of 2014.

2 Reasons BHP Billiton Could Get a Higher Price for These Assets

BHP Billiton could fetch a higher price for its Nickel West assets due to two key developments.

The U.S. Needs to Capitalize on Its Oil Bonanza

Bank of America noted in a recent report that the U.S. has surpassed Saudi Arabia as the world's biggest oil producer.

The Bull Case for Alcoa Inc Grows Stronger

Alcoa's outlook as improved further after the company reported strong second-quarter results.

To Hedge or Not to Hedge; The Dilemma for Gold Mining Companies

Gold mining companies should continue with their no-hedging strategy.

How Teekay LNG Partners Will Capitalize on Growth in the LNG Market

Despite the gloomy near-term outlook for the LNG tanker market, Teekay LNG is an attractive proposition.

Restocking Boosts Iron Ore Prices but Outlook Still Bearish

The recent rebound in iron ore prices is good news for miners, however, the outlook for the bulk commodity remains bearish.

Has Copper’s Down-Cycle Ended?

Copper prices have made a strong recovery amid an improved economic environment and a drop in inventory levels.

Why Potash Producers Should Be Worried About This Development

Rio Tinto's entry into potash market would put pressure on prices and margins.

2 Factors That Could Cap Silver's Gains in 2014

A stronger dollar and supply exceeding demand could put a lid on silver prices in 2014.

Why Is ExxonMobil Investing More Than $1 Billion in a European Refinery?

ExxonMobil is investing more than $1 billion in its Antwerp refinery despite the challenging industry environment in Europe.

What's Driving Gold Prices Higher?

Gold prices are hovering around a three-month high, driven by geopolitical concerns and more importantly inflows into the SPDR Gold Trust ETF.

Can Cliffs Natural Resources Be Fixed?

Cliffs shareholders should back Casablanca Capital's plan to turnaround the company as it is the best bet to create long term value.

Why Nickel Prices Could Come Under Pressure

While nickel rose sharply in the first half of 2014, prices could come under pressure due to two important factors.