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Industrial Evolution - The Nat Gas Ripple

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Could low nat gas prices unlock a manufacturing renaissance in the US?

According to William A. Muggia, Westfield Capital Mgmt President, CEO & CIO, the short answer is yes.

“It’s almost an oxymoron to think of that the US has a major advantage in energy but due to the drop in nat gas prices we really do,” says Muggia on Fast Money.

“And some of the manufacturing plants, chemical plants and steel makers are huge beneficiaries.”

As a result, Muggia expects a renaissance in domestic manufacturing. “And it’s happening right here in the US.”

Although Muggia says you can play the theme with a broad range of industrial companies tied to manufacturing he likes playing the theme with the following:

Westlake Chemicals

“They take energy feedstock and convert it into useful products like plastics and PVC pipe. So their costs go down (due to lower nat gas prices) while pricing has been solid. That should lead to huge earnings growth,” says Muggia.

Packaging Corp

Muggia believes that renaissance in manufacturing mentioned above will help this company recapture lost business. “15% was lost to outsourcing,” he says. But companies are coming back to the US.

United Rental

“It’s big leasing company that benefits from a resurgence in manufacturing. It’s a levered play at the beginning of an upcycle.”

And on a related note, Muggia is also bullish on truckers as a derivative on the housing recover. “JB Hunt is the class act of the group,” he says.





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