Thread: Looking Past Greece to America’s Heartland

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    Default Looking Past Greece to America’s Heartland

    The bell is about to toll regarding the future direction of Greeceís role in the euro zone, be it a compliant role of fiscal responsibility or a radical role that will lead to an exit as a member with draconian capital controls being imputed upon it by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and European Central Bank (ECB). The operating consensus is that a default by Greece will not be systemic to the regional or global financial systems and that German Chancellor Angela Merkel is pulling out all the rational stops to get a deal done, with the latest set of terms being called ďgenerous.Ē But as of this writing, Greece is still balking.
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    What is showing up on my screen for the first time in a long while is how firmly the agriculture/farm equipment stocks are trading. Deere & Co. (DE), a darling in the space, is breaking out to a new three-year high. The big fertilizer stocks, Agrium (AGU), Mosaic (MOS) and CF Industries (CF), are all turning up on rising volume. The protracted downtrend in wheat, corn and soybeans has abruptly reversed up this week, and just maybe itís time to consider a high-yield agriculture play.
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    The best, and really only, way to participate from an income investing standpoint is to consider the nitrogen fertilizer master limited partnerships (MLPs) that serve the corn-growing market. The biggest input into making nitrogen fertilizer is natural gas, currently trading at $2.80/MMBtu, near the low end of a multi-year range. When the cost of the primary commodity is 50-70% cheaper than it was two years ago, itís time to think hard about getting back into the fertilizer sector.

    Fortunately, Cash Machine has a rich history of being involved with the leading MLPs in this space. Subscribers have rung the register on about a half-dozen occasions. From what is available to investors, three names come to mind that make the watch list:
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    The yields vary widely and are determined by taking the most recent distribution and multiplying by four, which can misinterpret the future payout by a country mile. These MLPs are not for the faint of heart, either, but every sector has its day in the sun. After a protracted downturn for agriculture, itís worth keeping a close eye on these income-producing fertilizer stocks looking for confirmation that a bull run in corn is in the offing.
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    The one-year chart of the price of corn showed a strong move up last week to its 200-day moving average, which has proven to be a strong level of overhead resistance for well over a year. A break above the $25 level on volume would signal a reversal of the trend and a potential greenlight to get long in some income-generating nitrogen fertilizer. So as investors flee the fixed-income market in the wake of long-term rates ticking higher, there are plenty of places to rotate capital to when inflation and commodity prices begin to recover ó and one doesnít have to go off the farm to zero in on at least one good place.

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