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Metals / Commodities

Survey Shows U.S. Has Abundant Rare Earth Supplies

Nov 24, 2010 at 10:27 | David Gabel

In the headlines lately has been news of China's monopoly of rare earth elements (REE), adding to China's growing clout. It would increase their leverage should they choose to reduce…

The Genius Behind Successful Resource Companies

Nov 23, 2010 at 13:21 | Dave Forest

I've been reviewing several new project opportunities this week, in both minerals and petroleum. It's got me thinking about genius. Good resource companies have some kind of genius. Something the…

Platinum: Good Prices Are Not Enough

Nov 17, 2010 at 11:09 | Dave Forest

Platinum gurus Johnson Matthey published their 2010 Interim Review of the platinum market yesterday. A big event in that part of the mining space. The report was fairly rosy for…

Year End Risk Analysis: Commodities

Nov 11, 2010 at 10:51 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

This is my favorite asset class for the next decade, as investors increasingly catch on to the secular move out of paper assets into hard ones. Don’t buy anything that…

What Do China's Aluminum Sales Mean?

Nov 10, 2010 at 12:29 | Dave Forest

China has started (slowly) selling its considerable stockpiles of base metals. The National Development and Reform Commission announced this week it sold just under 96,000 tons of aluminum through public…

Rare Earths ETF Launched by Money Manager Van Eck

Nov 03, 2010 at 12:06 | Mark Nicholls

Money manager Van Eck Global has launched an exchange-traded fund (ETF) offering investors exposure to a possible bull-run in the value of ‘rare earth’ metals. Such metals are crucial raw…

Growing Worldwide Concern Over China's Dwindling Rare Earth Supplies

Oct 26, 2010 at 14:31 | RFE/RL staff

Hybrid cars, mobile phones, flat-screen televisions, fiber-optic cables, the latest-generation wind turbines. What do these products all have in common? For many countries, they represent the money-making future of manufacturing…

The Monetization of Lumber

Oct 26, 2010 at 14:29 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

If you want to see how widespread the commodities boom has become, take a look at the lumber market, which has popped 47% since June. This is in the face…

Watch Rice For Clues to Corn

Oct 25, 2010 at 08:07 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

Those wondering what to do about their ag positions better take a look at the contract for rough rice, which has skyrocketed by 50% since July to $14.50 a pound.…

Growing Competition for Natural Resources Leads to Daily Pricing for Alumina

Oct 18, 2010 at 08:42 | Dave Forest

We've all heard the lines about increasing global competition for natural resources. The world is not the same as it was ten or even five years ago. New sources of…

A Big Boost for the Palladium Market

Oct 15, 2010 at 09:01 | Dave Forest

Not to belabor my writings on palladium from earlier this week. But this chart tells a critical story. Open interest…

Tapping the Oceans Mineral Wealth With Deep Sea Mining

Oct 14, 2010 at 08:28 | Al Fin

No one knows how many hydrothermal vent sites are in the oceans, but there is a best guess. Amazingly, when scientists who have studied different parts of the ridge system…

Run over by the Grain Train

Oct 13, 2010 at 08:02 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

The US Department of Agriculture released a shocking report on Friday that triggered rare limit up moves in all three major grains simultaneously, corn, (CORN), wheat, and soybeans, and sent…

Japanese Recycling Weakens China’s Rare Earth Stranglehold

Oct 07, 2010 at 09:32 | David Caploe PhD

As Deng Tsiao-Ping observed before his death, rare earth metals - which are crucial to producing all manner of "clean" high-technology - are China's oil. Despite the name, rare earth…

Metals Shortages Threaten Developments in Solar Energy and Nuclear Power

Oct 05, 2010 at 09:55 | Professor Chris Rhodes

It is not only an impending gap in demand and supply of oil that imposes upon the conservation of human civilization, the pressing and imminent depletion of world metals threatens…

Opportunities in the Uranium Sector

Sep 30, 2010 at 11:29 | Dave Forest

The world is in need of good uranium mining projects. Many of the deposits being explored and developed globally are marginal. Up to three orders of magnitude lower in grade…

Palladium Explodes to the Upside

Sep 24, 2010 at 08:09 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

If you are thrilled about the recent performance of gold, you have to be absolutely ecstatic about the ballistic rise of palladium, which has soared by 33% in the past…

Upgrading Copper

Sep 22, 2010 at 22:48 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, so I felt like puffing out my chest yesterday when Goldman Sachs (GS) announced an upgrade of Freeport McMoran (FCX),…

Investing in Monopolies: A Look at the Tin Market

Sep 21, 2010 at 11:40 | Dave Forest

You may or may not have been following the tin market lately. But for anyone who has, it's been an exciting ride. Tin prices passed $23,700 per tonne this week.…

Wheat Melt Up Warning!

Sep 20, 2010 at 08:56 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

Last week, I warned of a short squeeze in corn due to worsening conditions across the entire agricultural front. Since then, the ETF (CORN) has risen ten out of 12…

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