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Herro Cashes In Some Glencore Profits But Still Sees More Gains

  • Harris Associates’s Herro cuts stake in Glencore to under 4%
  • Says electric car revolution needs improvements in batteries
"We still think Glencore is trading at a significant discount," says Harris Associate’s David Herro.

One of Glencore Plc’s biggest investors said that while he’s cashed in some profits in the world’s top commodities trader, the stock’s rally probably isn’t over.

“It still has significant upside,” David Herro, chief investment officer of Harris Associates LP, said in a Bloomberg Television interview from Chicago. But “we trimmed some of it” because returns aren’t likely to be as big going forward, he said.

Herro said he now owns just under 4 percent of the Swiss trader and miner, down from close to 9 percent in 2015. Glencore has surged more than fivefold in the past two years, jumping 12 percent in the past month alone. Producers have benefited from a recovery in commodity prices, with mining executives selling less-important assets and focusing on returning cash to shareholders.

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A recent driver of higher metals prices has been the positive outlook on the electric car industry, a key growth market trumpeted by Glencore and something Herro is a little cautious on.

“This revolution is being driven by the regulator, the consumers are not demanding these electric vehicles,” Herro said. “Until we can get batteries that can be recharged quickly, and hold energy safely, at the right cost, mass electrification will not happen.”

Peter Grauer, the chairman of Bloomberg LP, the parent of Bloomberg News, is a senior independent non-executive director of Glencore.

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