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    Gold is the “clear winner” from global stimulus measures, according to a report by UK research firm Capital Economics, which says that gains to other commodities such as oil and copper are likely to be brief.

  • Investors Offload South African Miners Monday, 17 Sep 2012 | 3:31 AM ET
    Striking mine workers demonstrate as they protest over wage demands outside the Nkageng informal settlement on August 16, 2012 in North West, South Africa.

    Leading international fund managers have reduced their holdings in South Africa’s natural resources sector since fighting at Lonmin’s Marikana mine resulted in the deaths of 44 people last month, with some investors making a strategic decision to unwind their exposure in the country indefinitely, the Financial Times reports.

  • Gold

    With more Federal Reserve stimulus coming and central banks around the world turning into buyers, gold prices have room to run higher, Barrick Gold CEO Jamie Sokalsky said Tuesday.

  • Gold Will Top $2,000 in Next Year: Barrick CEO Tuesday, 11 Sep 2012 | 1:37 PM ET
    Gold

    With more Federal Reserve stimulus coming and central banks around the world turning into buyers, gold prices have room to run higher, Barrick Gold CEO Jamie Sokalsky said Tuesday.

  • Is Gold Regaining Its Glitter?  Tuesday, 11 Sep 2012 | 11:18 AM ET

    Jamie Sokalsky, Barrick Gold CEO, weighs in on what's driving up gold prices, and how the company plans to pay back shareholders through an increase in dividends.

  • Bear Case — Iron Ore to Hit $50 in 2013 Thursday, 6 Sep 2012 | 2:25 AM ET

    Global iron ores prices, which are already near three-year lows, have more to fall, says independent economist Andy Xie. He forecasts prices to drop more than 40 percent to $50 per metric ton by mid-2013.

  • The recent rally in gold, which touched a near  six-month high this week, is unlikely to last, say commodity analysts, who forecast prices could fall 10 percent over the next month if central bank actions disappoint.

  • Buy Iron Ore Miners as Prices Set to Rebound: Pros Monday, 3 Sep 2012 | 3:17 AM ET

    The slumping iron ore price is providing the perfect opportunity to build up positions in Australia’s top iron ore producers, experts tell CNBC.

  • The Glencore-Xstrata deal, which would create the world's fourth-largest diversified mining company with a market capitalization of about $70 billion, is facing growing opposition, which could scuttle the merger once and for all.

  • Watch Out for Gold Investment Scams Wednesday, 29 Aug 2012 | 10:58 AM ET

    Learn how fraudsters use the phone to bait and hook investors into a precious metal scam and how to avoid becoming a victim.

  • Lonmin Shares an Excellent Opportunity: Analyst Wednesday, 29 Aug 2012 | 8:19 AM ET

    London-based company Lonmin, the platinum mining firm affected by strikes at their Marikana facility in South Africa, is a definite opportunity for investors looking to enter the sector according to Alison Turner, mining analyst at Panmure Gordon.

  • What the Powerful Indian Consumer Is Buying Monday, 27 Aug 2012 | 4:45 PM ET
    Madhuri Parson's Indian-inspired jewelry.

    The affluent Indian consumer has now discovered this dazzling gem. This group has been among the biggest purchasers of gold in the world, as the metal has important cultural significance.

  • Diamonds: Rough to Retail Monday, 27 Aug 2012 | 3:48 PM ET
    Raw diamonds

    Accounting for 90 percent of the world’s gem trade, diamonds are the rarest and most coveted of all stones. Whether as as investments, symbols of wealth or unique works of art, diamonds are unsurpassed in their beauty and longevity.

  • Rough cut diamonds

    Some investors are looking for new ways to invest in diamonds, including replicating the success of gold ETFs and buying and selling diamonds over the internet without taking delivery of the gem.

  • Diamonds. For thousands of years, they have been believed to bring good luck (and bad luck!) — health, wealth, and protection against most of the ills that can befall mankind. They are also a billion dollar business, although compared to the gold business, the diamond industry is small. The worldwide retail market for diamond jewelry was $60 billion in 2010. Like the gold business, the diamond business is segmented into several groups:

  • How to Invest in Diamonds Friday, 24 Aug 2012 | 4:08 PM ET
    Diamonds

    Before you invest in diamonds, make sure you follow these rules.

  • BHP in Talks with Canada’s Harry Winston Monday, 6 Aug 2012 | 10:39 PM ET

    BHP Billiton is in protracted talks with Harry Winston, the Canadian mining and retail group, about a sale of its diamond business but could yet opt to keep the unit as discussions drag on with the sole remaining bidder. The FT reports.

  • Gold Closing for the Day  Tuesday, 31 Jul 2012 | 1:30 PM ET

    Gold sellers emerge at month's end, with CNBC's Sharon Epperson.

  • Commodities Tomorrow: Mideast Tensions in Focus  Thursday, 19 Jul 2012 | 4:00 PM ET

    CNBC's Sharon Epperson discusses the day's activity in the commodities markets and looks at where oil and precious metals are likely headed tomorrow.

  • Markets Bullish on Copper  Tuesday, 17 Jul 2012 | 7:10 PM ET

    Ephrem Ravi, Head of Metals & Mining Sector at Barclays says that markets are bullish on copper and that it is a good thing that BHP Billiton can produce more of it.