Commodities & Metals


Record-High Meat Prices for U.S. Consumers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released its preliminary report on August farm prices Thursday afternoon. The all-products price index was unchanged month-over-month at 109, with the crop index down ...
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Unlikely Bedfellows: Mines That Run on Solar or Wind Power

By Andrew Topf of Mining companies are often seen as dinosaurs when it comes to making changes that will benefit the environment, but that perception may be shifting as ...
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Silver Wheaton, Pan American Hammered by Low Silver and Gold Prices

Silver futures traded at around $19.85 on Wednesday afternoon, down from their 52-week high of $25.11 and not much above the 52-week low of $18.65. Low prices coupled with still-high ...
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Oppenheimer Has Gold Miners as a Top Trade Idea

If any asset class has disappointed investors over the last three years, it has been gold. Many on Wall Street are just now starting to reexamine gold for investors' portfolios. ...
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Barrick Gold, After Goldman Sachs Upgrade and With or Without Newmont

Barrick Gold Corporation (NYSE: ABX) was added to the prized Conviction Buy List at Goldman Sachs on Friday. While the rating was already a "Buy" with a $21 price target, ...
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Alpha Natural Earnings (or Loss): When Less Bad Looks Wonderful

Alpha Natural Resources Inc. (NYSE: ANR) beat earnings by $0.19 and beat on revenues, and it maintained its 2014 shipments guidance for eastern metallurgical and eastern steam coals. For second-quarter ...
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Why Analysts Keep Upgrading U.S. Steel After Earnings

United States Steel Corp. (NYSE: X), or U.S. Steel, has sure seen a reversal of fortune in the past week or so. Three different analyst upgrades have now driven shares ...
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What Happened to ADM Revenues?

Archer Daniels Midland Co. (NYSE: ADM) reported second-quarter 2014 earnings Tuesday. The agribusiness giant posted adjusted diluted earnings per share (EPS) of $0.77 on revenues of $21.49 billion. In the ...
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Analyst Defends Agnico Eagle Mines After Massive Stock Drop

Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd. (NYSE: AEM) found its shares absolutely battered on Thursday after the company's earnings and production report. We have seen one analyst defend the stock so far: ...
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Analyst’s Four Gold Miner Takeover Targets May Include a Gigantic Winner

When there is a significant downturn for a sector, like the one that gold has experienced, most leading companies use the same old tried and true methods that business has ...
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5 Industries Worried About Peak Oil

By Chris Dalby for The debate over the impact of peak oil has been raging for decades. Although few deny that the end of mass oil consumption is drawing ...
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Why Less Bad in Arch Coal Earnings Just Is Not Good Enough

Arch Coal Inc. (NYSE: ACI) was a Hail Mary call in our stock picks that could double in 2014, mostly as the least ugly piglet of the small cap coal ...
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What Happened to All of the Natural Gas Bulls?

What happened to that natural gas boom that was supposed to continue throughout 2014? We have certainly not had a cool summer universally in the United States, but it also turns ...
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The Sweet Life: Chocolate at 3-Year High

Chocolate prices closed just short of $3,200 per metric ton last Friday, after rising to a three-year high of $3,284 on Thursday. The Hershey Co. (NYSE: HSY) announced the week ...
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Has China Lost Its Addiction to Gold?

By now, speculators and investors have learned over and over that gold is a very fickle commodity. The daily rationale for why gold rises and falls is sometimes hard to follow. ...
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