Governments all over the world are pushing for a greener future.
The U.S. wants to cut emissions by up to 52%. Europe says it’ll cut emission by up to 55%. China says it will stop releasing CO2 in the next 40 years.
To help, leaders want millions of zero-emission electric vehicles on the roads as of yesterday.
The International Energy Agency (IEA) estimates we could see 135 million EVs in the next 10 years. Analysts at Ernst & Young say EV sales could outpace combustion engines in Europe, China, and the U.S. in the next 12 years.
There’s just one problem.
Every electric vehicle requires 22 pounds of lithium - the main ingredient in rechargeable batteries and energy storage devices.
Unfortunately, we don’t have enough supply to meet demand.
In fact, according to Investing News, “With sales of electric vehicles expected to continue to surge in key markets, demand for lithium is forecast to grow exponentially, and if there’s one thing producers agree on is that more supply is needed. Figures as to how much output will be required vary slightly, but the speed at which the industry has to scale up to reach those levels is unprecedented.”
That being said, I expect to see higher highs for lithium prices, and for related stocks, like Albemarle Corp. (ALB), the industry’s 800-pound gorilla.
Fundamentally, ALB is undervalued, trading with a PEG ratio of just 0.50. With lithium demand only rising, I don’t expect for ALB to remain undervalued for long.
Plus, the company recently raised its guidance twice. In May, for example, the company raised its forecast for the full-year, noting it expects for 2022 sales to come in between $5.8 billion and $6.2 billion. Adjusted EBITDA is now expected to come in between $2.2 billion and $2.5 billion, with adjusted EPS of between $9.25 and $12.25.
ALB stock is also technically oversold. In fact, if we pull up a one-year chart, we can see the stock just caught double bottom support dating back to April. We can also see the stock is oversold at its lower Bollinger Band, with over-extensions on Williams’ %R, Fast Stochastics, and RSI.
From a current price of $198.65, I’d like to see Albemarle Corp. (ALB) refill its bearish gap around $230 a share initially. Longer-term, I’d like to see it closer to $250.
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