Another Tough Day for the ASX is Another Good Day for Mining Stocks

Yesterday was a bad day for the ASX, with it taking a 1% hit.

Big name stocks like Afterpay Touch Group Ltd [ASX:APT] and Domain Holdings Ltd [ASX:DHG] took significant losses of 6.6% and 6.5% respectively.

Likewise, it was a big win for mining stocks with a large group of mining stocks making up the winners.

Among them were Jupiter Mines up 4.8%, Aurelia Metals up 4.5%, Xanadu Mines up 4.2% and Danakali Limited up 5.3%.

For a list of our top 10 mining stocks, the free report is available here.

A lot is at play in these movements, so let’s take a moment to unpack it all.

Firstly, commodity prices have eased as the US pulled out of Iraq and drew down its presence in Afghanistan.

Miners produce commodities which are raw materials like iron ore, coal, copper etc.

Commodity prices react to war

As you can see below, there is a strong connection between war and commodity prices.

market oracle commodity prices


War creates tension and fear, which drives prices higher.

Not that we are heading for a major war at the moment, but we do have a trade war brewing between the US and China.

We also have the prospects of sanctions against Iran which is driving oil (another commodity) prices higher.

Recently, tension has erupted between the US and Saudi Arabia over the disappearance of a Saudi journalist at the Saudi Arabian embassy in Turkey.

All of this points to war-like conditions for the market, even without there being all-out war.

War-like conditions good for mining stocks

Below, you can see the CRB Commodities Index with notes:

trading view mining stocks


Going back to mining stocks, it is possible to look forward to a few things which may explain their resilience in difficult markets.

As covered before, China may be considering a stimulus package on the scale of the one it launched at the height of the GFC.

This would spur demand for iron ore from Australia.

It is also worth considering that the US may outlay up to a $1 trillion dollars on infrastructure, should the democrats come to power.

This would require a lot of steel, and drive up the price of iron ore again.

Combined with the geopolitical tension that we outlined before, you a have a good set of explanations for why mining stocks stand up when the markets fall.

So if you think markets are in for a tough time, it could be wise to look closer at mining stocks.


Ryan Clarkson-Ledward,
For Market & Money

PS: For a list of 10 mining stocks that could be set to gain in these troubled times, take a look at our free report compiled by Markets & Money’s resource expert, Jason Stevenson. Download the list here.

Ryan Clarkson-Ledward is a junior analyst for Markets & Money. Ryan has degrees in both communication and international business. His priority is bringing you the latest price updates on stocks through ASX updates, as well as supporting Sam Volkering with background research. As part of the team at Markets & Money his aim is to provide unbiased and relevant news for readers. Ryan’s work with Sam is designed to provide research that complements Sam’s analysis for small-cap and technology stocks. Together, their objective is to break through all the jargon and give you the hard facts to inform your investment decision-making. Ryan writes for:

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