Thursday, 14 June 2012

Warren Buffett Loads Up On…Tungsten?

While gold may be a barbaric relic to the Oracle of Omaha, tungsten is apparently a shrewd buy.  Resource Investor reports:  IMC International Metalworking, part of Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK.A, NYSE: BRK.B) empire, recently invested $80 million in a tungsten mining project in South Korea.
The deal gives Buffett a 25% stake in what used to be the most productive tungsten mine on the planet.
Demand for tungsten is being driven higher by the proliferation of smart phones and tablets – tungsten is a critical component of these touch screens.
Unfortunately, short of buying a share in a tungsten mine, I see no easy way for an armchair investor to go long.  Buying Berkshire would be just a bit of an overshoot, and the Market Vectors Rare Earth/Strategic Metals ETF (NYSEArca: REMX) cited towards the end of the article hasn’t done much except lose investors money.
REMX rare earth ETF price chartREMX may be up there with GDXJ as a sucker’s metals bet.

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