Kazakhmys operates in Kazakhstan, where it is predominantly a copper miner, though it also produces zinc, silver and gold and operates a major power station. The market for its copper is partly in Europe, but mainly in China, which is an immediate neighbour. Kazakhmys is at risk in the event of a major global slump, but its links to China, which takes almost 50% of its output, mean that it is most aligned to an economy that in the long run is only ever going to grow. That potential is clear in the huge Chinese investment in new mining assets at the group. Buy for the long-term says the Mail on Sunday. [14 Aug '11]
Elementis traces its roots to 1844 and the Harrisons & Crosfield tea and coffee trading conglomerate, but it took its present shape in 1998, when the company focused on chemicals found in substances such as paint, cosmetics and, more recently, shale gas wells, where the flow of a substance needs to be controlled. Elementis, which trades on 15 times Brewin Dolphin forecasts, has shed its volatile past and consistently overdelivered on the earnings front. It looks to be in its element and could flow higher, says the Times. [5 Jul '11]
The FTSE 250 index climbed higher as overall sentiment remained positive in London after the top share index breached the psychologically important 6,000 points level earlier in the day. Food producers led the gains on the mid-cap stock index with Premier Foods and Ocado Group being among the top risers. [4 Jul '11]
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