SOURCE: The Bedford Report

The Bedford Report

August 31, 2010 09:00 ET

Analyst Reports on BHP Billiton (NYSE: BHP) & Ivanhoe Mines (NYSE: IVN) - Bedford Looks at Industrial Metals & Minerals Industry

Note to Editors: The Following Is an Investment Opinion Being Issued by The Bedford Report.

TORONTO--(Marketwire - August 31, 2010) -  The Bedford Report analyst team is looking at the Industrial Metals & Minerals Industry and has issued Analyst Reports on BHP Billiton Limited (NYSE: BHP) and Ivanhoe Mines Ltd. (NYSE: IVN). Access to the full company reports can be found at www.bedfordreport.com.

In recent industry news BHP Billiton has made waves with an attempt for a hostile takeover of Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc. (NYSE: POT), which Potash Corporation is attempting to defend itself against. The takeover attempt is taken as a sign that BHP Billiton expects already high crop prices to continue to rise on expected growth in demand for food in future years. Potash is a fertilizer widely used to increase crop yields.

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BHP Billiton released its financial results for the 2010 fiscal year on August 25. The company reported net profit of $12.72 billion and Earnings per Share of $2.29. While the company's earnings doubled the previous year, they fell short of analyst estimates of $13.3 billion revenue. Average analyst estimates for the company rate the stock as a strong buy. Ivanhoe Mines released financial results for the second quarter of 2010 on August 16. The company reported a net loss of $30.0 million and Earnings per Share of ($0.07). Average analyst estimates for the company rate the stock as a buy and it is expected to outperform in its industry.

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