“A bargain”

“Possibly the best value stock on the market”

“A sure bet to riches”

“Fundamentally a brilliant company”

None of the phrases above have been used recently for this month’s top performing stock. That top performer, which has handily beaten the 1.4% rise of the ALL ORDINARIES (Index: ^AXAO) (ASX: XAO) over the last week, is iron ore minnow BC Iron Limited (ASX: BCI).

A return to good fortune?

The company’s shares popped another 12% yesterday, taking the five-day rise to an incredible 40%!

Unfortunately, it’s not all sunshine for the long-suffering shareholders of one of Australia’s struggling iron-ore exporters. A quick look at the most recent iron ore cost-curve produced by analysts at UBS points to BC Iron having a break-even production cost of US$62, well above the current benchmark price of around US$55.

What happened?

There was no news released to the market on Monday to compensate for the share price rise. However there is speculation that a bulk iron ore transport system will be developed on land owned by BC Iron, and that the company could charge some kind of tariff for its use.

Aside from that, BC Iron released a market update last week that appears quite promising, but investors need to remember that it’s at the expensive end of the iron ore market and movements in the iron ore price will have a large impact on the group’s (potential) profits.

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