Why Vale (VALE) Stock Is Down Today

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Vale (VALE) was falling -0.6% to $13.22 Tuesday as iron ore prices fall due to rapid growth in supply.

In a note to investors Citi said the iron ore supply surge is peaking in the second quarter, and supply levels should level off in the second half of the year. Iron ore prices are close to $94 a ton this week, though Citi said it can find price support at $90 a ton, with prices increased to $100 a ton in the fourth quarter.

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TheStreet Ratings team rates VALE SA as a Hold with a ratings score of C. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate VALE SA (VALE) a HOLD. The primary factors that have impacted our rating are mixed -- some indicating strength, some showing weaknesses, with little evidence to justify the expectation of either a positive or negative performance for this stock relative to most other stocks. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself."

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