Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Tickerspy Screws Up With New Rare Earth Index While Creating Possible "Death of Equities" Moment (MCP; SHZ; REE; REMX)

Maybe not so much the Death of Equities cover:

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But more like this ad from

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The dateline on that one is March 10, 2000, the day the NASDAQ set its all-time closing high, 5048.62.
I am not saying the rare earth stocks topped today, just that the feel is similar.
Besides, the REE stocks are only up three digits, on average.
Anywho, here's Tickerspy: Announces New Stock Index Tracking Rare Earth Mining Stocks, Including Molycorp, Rare Element Resources, China Shen Zhou Mining, and Avalon Rare Metals
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PRINCETON, N.J., Jan. 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Tickerspy (, an investing website featuring over 250 unique, proprietary Indexes, announced the creation of the Rare Earth Mining Stocks Index, which includes among its components Molycorp (NYSE: MCP), Rare Element Resources (NYSE Amex: REE), China Shen Zhou Mining (NYSE Amex: SHZ), and Avalon Rare Metals (NYSE Amex: AVL)....MORE
Here are the components:

 Ticker Last Trade  1-Week Change 1-Month Change  3-Month Change 6-Month Change 1-Year Change Links
AVL $7.29 +11.5% +81.3% +104.8% +287.8% +143.8%  Spy AVL, Post
LYSCF $2.11 +5.5% +33.5% +50.7% +348.9% +283.6%  Spy LYSCF, Post
MCP $60.48 +22.7% +117.5% +108.5% N/A N/A  Spy MCP, Post
NEMFF $8.07 +4.8% +12.8% +58.5% +138.8% +73.4%  Spy NEMFF, Post
REE $16.11 +8.9% +64.0% +92.2% +706.9% +297.8%  Spy REE, Post
REMX $24.49 +2.6% N/A N/A N/A N/A  Spy REMX, Post
SHZ $10.36 +11.5% +236.4% +936.0% +1195.0% +785.5%  Spy SHZ, Post

See the problems?
REMX is an ETF.
In itself it is stupid to put a fund into an index because you are double counting the components shared by both.
Even worse, REMX's portfolio is stuffed with names such as Titanium Metals, Thompson Creek, China Molybdenum Co Ltd etc. all of whom may be fine companies but don't have much, if anything, to do with rare earth elements.

And then there's SHZ. As we saw in yesterday's "Crapsky! I Forgot to Include the Punchline to"Today's Rare Earth Winner: China Shen Zhou Mining & Resources Inc. (SHZ) UP 15%...":
...It mainly mines fluorite, an ore mainly used by the steel industry as a melting agent, and by the chemical industry in making hydrofluoric acid, but not one of the 17 rare earth elements. 
I usually like Tickerspy but this is just shoddy. Don't get me going on index construction.
[I bet you're a blast at parties -ed]