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BHP and these ASX resources shares have smashed the market in 2019

The resources sector has proven to be a very good place to invest once again in 2019.

Since the start of the year the S&P/ASX 200 Resources index has pushed an impressive 18.9% higher.

Key drivers of this strong rise have been the performances of the three shares listed below. Here’s why they are smashing the market in 2019:

The BHP Group Ltd (ASX: BHP) share price has provided a return of 15% since the start of the year, excluding dividends. If you add in the mining giant’s interim and special dividends this return stretches to over 21%. There have been a number of catalysts for this strong return, including a solid production performance, favourable commodity prices, and the company’s decision to return funds to shareholders via a share buyback and special dividend.

The Fortescue Metals Group Limited (ASX: FMG) share price has been a very strong performer in 2019 with a gain of 95% excluding dividends or a stunning 117% if you include them. Investors have been fighting to get hold of Fortescue’s shares due to a material rise in iron ore prices following supply issues in both Brazil and Australia. Both low grade and benchmark fines have hit multi-year highs this year, putting Fortescue in a position to deliver a bumper full year result in FY 2019. The good news for the company is that some analysts believe that iron ore prices can continue climbing higher in the near term.

The Rio Tinto Limited (ASX: RIO) share price has smashed the market with a return of 31% since the turn of the year excluding dividends. If you include its final dividend, this return increases to just under 39%. As with the others, this has been driven by favourable commodity prices, strong production, and its decision to return excess funds to shareholders.

Overall, I believe this demonstrates why having a little exposure to the resources sector can be a great thing for a portfolio.

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