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The Glencore Company and its stock market assets enable you to invest online in the fossil fuel sector. Learn how to analyze in this share with our essential information about its current share price and its historical analysis as well as details on this group’s activities.  

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ISIN code: JE00B4T3BW64
Ticker: LON: GLEN
Index or market: FTSE 100

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Elements to consider before selling or buying Glencore shares

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First of all, we will closely monitor Glencore's positive efforts to raise its profile in the eyes of the public, such as remaining transparent about taxes paid in different countries.

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Transactions aimed at diversifying Glencore's activities are also important data to take into account in this analysis as this would enable the group to win new markets and significantly increase its revenues.

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We will also keep an eye on the threat posed by government policies and the pressure of some NGOs from different countries.

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Competition is of course also an element to be taken into consideration. We will focus above all on local actors who are particularly dangerous because of their high competitiveness.

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Finally, we will closely monitor any criticisms that Glencore may suffer, particularly with regard to the lack of respect for the environment related to its activities.

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General presentation of Glencore

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We now provide a detailed introduction to Glencore to help you learn more about its activities and main sources of income.

The Glencore Group is a British company specialising in the commodities sector and, more specifically, in the production and distribution of metals, minerals and oil products. These products are mainly used in the automotive, steel and food industries.
The group also provides logistics, procurement and financing services.
To better understand Glencore's activities, it is possible to divide them into different divisions according to the share of turnover they generate and in this way

  • Petroleum products, coke and coal currently account for over 61.1% of turnover.
  • Metals and minerals represent 38.9% of turnover with aluminium, zinc, copper, alumina, iron alloys, nickel, cobalt and others.

It is also interesting to know the geographical distribution of Glencore's revenues, with 35.2% of its turnover in Europe, 38.6% in Asia, 17.7% in America, 4.7% in Oceania and 3.8% in Africa.

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The major competitors of Glencore

The Swiss group Glencore is currently one of the largest extractors and distributors of mineral commodities worldwide. It is of course specialised in copper mining but also produces other types of minerals throughout the world. This activity sector is however highly competitive and it is important to know about the major competitors of this group before starting to trade in its shares on the stock markets. Here therefore we offer you the opportunity to learn about the major competitors of Glencore in the mining sector and more specifically in the production of copper.

Mining sector

As regards mining in general, Glencore is not among the market leaders. In fact, it only lies in fourth position worldwide in terms of stock market capital. The leader of this sector is the Australian company BHP Biliton which is followed closely by another Australian company, Rio Tinto, then the Chinese company Shenhua Energy and the Brazilian company Vale which occupies fifth position.

Copper production

Concerning copper production, Glencore has managed to slip into third position in the global classification, just behind the companies Codelco and Aurubis. However, it has easily overtaken the companies Freeport-McMoRan, Jiangxi Copper, Grupo Mexico, Trongling Nonferrous Metals, JX Holdings, BHP Biliton and KGHM Polska Miedz.

The major partners of Glencore

Archer Daniels Midland (ADM)

In 2015, Glencore became the partner of the agricultural commodities leader, the American company Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), which ceded 50% of its capital in the Barcarena port terminal in Brazil.

Corporacion G500 SAPI

More recently, in 2017, Glencore announced a partnership with the Corporacion G500 SAPI group with the objective of creating a joint service station business in Mexico following the liberalisation of fuel prices in this country.

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Glencore’s recent financial history:

To fully understand the issues that Glencore has to face and how the price of its assets may be influenced rby current events, it is very interesting to look at the company’s recent financial history. So here are some events that have marked the history of this company and which you can add to the major changes observed on the stock market charts.

It was first in April 2011 that Glencore entered the stock market. The IPO operation, called “Galaxy”, expected to raise 6.4 billion of securities on the London Stock Exchange. The price announced by the group for these shares ranged from 480 pence to 580 pence. A second wave of introduction was then carried out in Hong Kong in order to obtain a total of 10 billion dollars or 6.7 billion euros of funds. In total, it is therefore the 16.4% of the company’s overall capital that is listed on the stock market right now. But Glencore also announced its willingness to issue 10% more shares in case the demand will be superior to the supply. Thus, it is almost 11 billion dollars that the group want to raise with this introduction, which represents a real record in this sector of activity.

Thanks to this important market capitalization, the Glencore group quickly entered the FTSE 100 and is therefore one of the biggest values of the London Stock Exchange. In 2011, following rumors in the press about the probable takeover of Glencore of its competitor Eurasian Natural Resources, the group denied the information but indicated that it reserves itself the right to make a future offer with the Takeover Panel if an offer was made by a third party on this business or if circumstances changed. That same year, Glencore bought the remaining shares of Minaa Resources, an Australian company that extracts cobalt and nickel for $ 278 million.

In 2013, Glencore acquired another company called Xstrata with which it associated. The new entity born from this fusion was called Glencore-Xstrata and became one of the biggest names in the world in the sector of raw material.

In 2015, Glencore announced its willingness to offer its shareholders it 23.9% stake in the company Lonmin which specializes in the extraction of platinum.

In 2016, the group resold its 40% interest in the agricultural activities of the Canadian CPP Investment Board. In August of that year, Glencore announced the sale of 30% stake of the Ernest Henry's mine to Evolution Mining Group for an amount of 880 million Australian dollars. In October 2016, the group separated from its subsidiary Glencore Rail, which specializes in the transportation of coal in Australia by reselling it to the company Genesee & Wyoming for an amount of more than 1.14 billion Australian dollars or 798 million US dollars.

Finally, by the end of 2016, the Glencore company joint ventures with the Qatar investment fund for the purchase of 19.5% of Rosneft’s shares.

More recently, in 2017, the Glencore group increased its stake in the Mutanda mine by 31% for an amount of $ 960 million dollars as well as in the Katanga mine with an increase of 11.05%. Glencore owns 100% of the Mutanda mine and 86% of the Katanga mine.

Of course, we strongly advise you to follow closely all the future news about this company in order to anticipate better the effects that this data could have on the price of Glencore shares and take strategic positions.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who are the main shareholders of the Glencore group?

The capital of the Glencore Group is currently divided between several large private shareholders, including Qatar Holding with 9.01%, Ivan Glasenberg with 8.94%, Glencore Plc with 3.69%, Daniel Francisco Maté Badanes with 3.35%, Aristotelis Mistakidis with 3.32%, Harris Associates with 3.17%, William Blair Investment Management with 0.19%, Peter Roland Coates with 0.012%, Telemark Asset Management with 0.0074% and John Mack with 0.005%. The rest of the company's shares are floating.

Where and how to buy or trade Glencore shares?

It is of course possible to buy Glencore shares through a stock market investment product such as a PEA or a securities account in order to receive dividends and as part of a long-term holding strategy. But you can also speculate directly on the price of this stock thanks to CFDs or contracts for difference which are offered by online brokers without having to actually own the stock.

What analysis should I use to study Glencore shares?

In order to carry out your expectations on the Glencore share price, it is ideal to carry out several types of analysis, including a fundamental analysis based on a study of the company's news and a technical analysis based on stock market charts and current and past movements. You can also add to this a financial analysis of the company or an analysis of the competition.

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