The Rio Tinto Limited (ASX: RIO) share price has dipped its toes into the red on Friday and is currently down 2.84% at $108.41.
It has now fallen almost 4% this week, and 10% over the past month.
While there’s been nothing price-sensitive out of the mining giant’s camp today, commodity and precious metals players have incurred losses across the board.
In wider market moves, the S&P/ASX 300 Metals & Mining Index (ASX: XMM) and the S&P/ASX 200 Materials Index (ASX: XMJ) are each down by 3%.
What’s up with the Rio Tinto share price today?
Australian-based commodity and resources ETFs performed well in 2022 and have realised heavy inflows both as a cause and effect of this trend.
However, these appear to have slowed in recent weeks, with the SDPR S&P/ASX 200 Resources Fund (ASX: OZR) clipping a $7.9 million outflow last month, and another $2.7 million this week, per Bloomberg data.
Hence, market dynamics have weighed in, spurred on by the outlook on Rio’s company fundamentals, according to analysts at JP Morgan.
“[Q1 FY22] iron ore shipments were an 8% miss vs JPM estimates on replacement mine commissioning issues and COVID disruptions,” the broker wrote in a recent note.
“2022 guidance of 320-335Mt is unchanged but given Q1 weakness we believe the market will now move towards the lower end.
“Overall, it was another soft quarter from RIO.”
JP Morgan is neutral on the stock, unlike many others, with 53% of analysts recommending to hold Rio at present, according to Bloomberg data.
The consensus price target on this coverage is $122 per share, suggesting a disconnect in analyst sentiment/outlook versus what the market is pricing for Rio Tinto.
In the last 12 months, the Rio Tinto share price has disappointed and is down 14% in that time. It has secured an 8% gain this year, while the SPDR Resources Fund is up 11%.
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