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  • 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.

  • Commodities Tomorrow: Bernanke's Message  Tuesday, 17 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 as Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke delivers his second day of testimony on Capitol Hill.

  • Commodities Tomorrow  Monday, 16 Jul 2012 | 4:00 PM ET

    CNBC's Sharon Epperson takes a look at the factors behind oil's recent rally and how the surge will impact prices at the pump.

  • Global Miners Stage ‘Retreat to the Core’ Thursday, 12 Jul 2012 | 1:01 AM ET
    Open cast mining for iron ore.

    Global mining groups, such as BHP Billiton, Vale and Anglo American, are pruning their expansive portfolios, as calls from shareholders for greater focus and spending discipline prompt them to shed non-core assets.

  • Commodities Tomorrow: Keeping an Eye on Iran  Monday, 2 Jul 2012 | 4:00 PM ET

    CNBC's Sharon Epperson on oil price action in the day ahead, with an outlook on EU sanctions against Iran and tomorrow's meeting with Western countries about its nuclear program.

  • Gold Eases After ISM Data  Monday, 2 Jul 2012 | 11:33 AM ET

    Ira Epstein, The Linn Group, discusses the precious metal heading back into positive territory after a weak reading on manufacturing data this morning.