Aluminium is all around us, all of the time. Cars, aircraft, buildings, and food and drink packaging all use the white metal. It’s light, strong and conducts electricity.
The aluminium price has surged over the last year and is around $3,600 per tonne in March 2022. Global demand for aluminium is expected to remain high, so we’ve put together this guide to explain why aluminium is important and look at ways to invest in aluminium stocks.
Unlike gold and silver, aluminium isn’t found in recognisable form in the ground. To produce aluminium, you have to mine large quantities of bauxite, a red rock that contains a lot of aluminium minerals. Bauxite is crushed and processed to produce alumina. This is then converted into aluminium.
Aluminium is light, strong and conducts electricity very well. It’s also easy to recycle. Aluminium melts easily and recycling it uses much less energy than producing new metal. One leading aluminium producer estimates that 75% of all the aluminium ever produced is still in use today.
If you’d like to invest in aluminium stocks, there are several possible choices. To get started you’ll need a stocks and shares ISA, share dealing account or perhaps a self-invested personal pension (SIPP).
Once you’ve chosen a trading or investing platform, you’ll need to follow a few simple steps so that you can start trading.
Investing in aluminium stocks means buying shares in the companies that produce aluminium. The 3 biggest aluminium producers in the world are Russia, China and Australia. Some big producers are listed on the UK stock market, but others are listed overseas.
Exchange-traded funds allow you to invest in a basket of assets by purchasing a single stock. An aluminium ETF can provide a more diversified exposure to aluminium. A number of these funds are available on UK investing platforms.
There are 2 types of aluminium ETF. Equity-based ETFs will buy shares in aluminium producers. These are intended to provide exposure to the companies that make aluminium. They may also pay dividends.
Other aluminium ETFs invest in futures instead. Futures are leveraged instruments that track the price of a commodity. Aluminium ETFs that buy futures generally aim to track the price of aluminium directly, although this can’t be guaranteed.
Buying a futures contract means agreeing to pay today’s price at a fixed time in the future. Buying aluminium futures is a high-risk way to gain exposure to the metal.
If the price goes up, then you make a profit. If the price falls, you lose money. What makes futures so risky is that they are leveraged. When you buy a futures contract, you only pay the margin, or deposit. You don’t pay the full value of the contract.
For this reason, losses on futures contracts can be much bigger than your original deposit. If you choose to trade futures, you need to make sure you understand the potential losses if the price goes against you.
Rio Tinto Group engages in exploring, mining, and processing mineral resources worldwide. The company operates through Iron Ore, Aluminium, Copper, and Minerals Segments. It offers aluminum, copper, iron ore, diamonds, gold, borates, titanium dioxide, salt, silver, molybdenum, and lithium.
Rio Tinto stock opened the day at 5,067.00p after a previous close of 5,054.00p. The latest price was 5,074.00p (25-minute delay). Rio Tinto is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE), has a trailing 12-month revenue of around 52.4 billion and employs 54,000 staff. All prices are listed in pence sterling.
Alcoa Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, produces and sells bauxite, alumina, and aluminum products in the United States, Spain, Australia, Iceland, Norway, Brazil, Canada, and internationally. The company operates through three segments: Bauxite, Alumina, and Aluminum. It engages in bauxite mining operations; and processes bauxite into alumina and sells it to customers who process it into industrial chemical products, as well as aluminum smelting and casting businesses.
Alcoa stock opened the day at $26.07 after a previous close of $25.86. The latest price was $26.20 (25-minute delay). Alcoa is listed on the NYSE, has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD£10.9 billion and employs 13,100 staff.
Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co. operates as a diversified metal solutions provider and the metals service center company in the United States, Canada, and internationally. The company distributes a line of approximately 100,000 metal products, including alloy, aluminum, brass, copper, carbon steel, stainless steel, titanium, and specialty steel products; and provides metals processing services to general manufacturing, non-residential construction, transportation, aerospace, energy, electronics and semiconductor fabrication, and heavy industries.
Reliance Steel-and-Aluminum stock opened the day at $262.64 after a previous close of $260.18. The latest price was $263.21 (25-minute delay). Reliance Steel-and-Aluminum is listed on the NYSE, has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$15.7 billion and employs 14,500 staff.
The price of aluminium is around $3,600 per tonne in late March 2022, close to record highs. The aluminium price has surged in recent months for 3 reasons.
Aluminium is used for many different things, including:
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Investing in aluminium stocks could give you exposure to an industrial metal that’s essential for modern life. Demand is expected to remain strong and prices are high at the moment.
However, commodity prices can be volatile and may rise or fall very suddenly. A drop in the price of aluminium could cause the price of aluminium stocks to drop, so we think it’s important to consider investing aluminium as part of a diversified portfolio.
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