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  • More Rough Seas Ahead for Silver, Options Say Thursday, 5 May 2011 | 4:17 PM ET

    When whales like George Soros and Carlos Slim are making bearish bets on silver, even usually contrarian options traders are wise enough to recognize that the tide may be turning against the commodity.

  • Gold’s New-Year Dip Hits Hedge Funds Thursday, 5 May 2011 | 10:18 AM ET
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    The correction in price of gold early in 2011 underscored how much many hedge fund managers – including John Paulson and Greenlight Capital’s David Einhorn– relied on gold for their strong performance last year. The FT reports.

  • Silver a Warning Sign for Everyone? Thursday, 5 May 2011 | 5:00 AM ET
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    The price action in silver since late January has been dramatic to say the least. The derivatives marketplace CME Group raising margin requirements has been seen by many as the reason for the 20 percent correction in prices since the precious metal hit a record over $49 an ounce on April 28th.

  • Carlos Slim

    Billionaire Carlos Slim has been selling silver futures for "weeks" in an effort to actively hedge production of his silver mine, a spokesperson confirmed to CNBC Wednesday.

  • Molycorp Ready to Buy Other Rare Earth Miners: CEO Wednesday, 4 May 2011 | 4:45 PM ET
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    Molycorp is ready to buy other rare earth mining companies should the opportunity arise, said Chief Executive Mark Smith told CNBC Wednesday.

  • The Silver 'Bullet' Takes a Breather Wednesday, 4 May 2011 | 11:42 AM ET
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    It has been the silver bullet for many investors, the best performing commodity so far this year. Now it's taking a breather.  The reason behind the stunningly rapid rise in silver prices in the last few months — the frenzy of speculative interest — may be the main reason for the metal's recent decline.

  • Rare Earth Prices Surge Wednesday, 4 May 2011 | 11:00 AM ET
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    Rare earth prices are reaching rarefied heights. World prices have doubled in the last four months for rare earths — metallic elements needed for many of the most sophisticated civilian and military technologies, whether smartphones or smart bombs.

  • Rare Opportunities   Wednesday, 4 May 2011 | 9:10 AM ET
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    CNBC's Brian Shactman talks to industry insiders to find out the next great rare earth investments.

  • Goldilocks Is Now a Zombie: Analyst Wednesday, 4 May 2011 | 5:41 AM ET

    With the Teflon market refusing the take fright from the wall of worry facing investors, one analyst told CNBC the world is beginning to look like a bad horror movie from the 1980s.

  • Platinum, Palladium—The New Hot Metal Trades? Wednesday, 4 May 2011 | 2:09 AM ET

    With silver prices tumbling for a third straight session, traders are questioning if its record-breaking rally in recent months is finally over.

  • Morning Note: Silver Trade Over? Tuesday, 3 May 2011 | 12:08 PM ET

    Is the silver trade over? That was a question for Fast Money Traders Tuesday morning as silver futures continued to weaken, falling below $44 per ounce intra day.

  • Open cast mining for iron ore.

    The global uranium industry, crippled by the March 11 earthquake and Tsunami in Japan, is now beginning to come out of the shock. Investors, who were earlier sitting on the sidelines, have re-entered the market to look for bargains.

  • Halftime: Is A Stealth Buyer for Ralcorp Lurking? Friday, 29 Apr 2011 | 1:39 PM ET

    On Friday Street chatter had everything to do with Ralcorp, the company behind Post cereals, as potentially being on the auction block.

  • Halftime: Bulls Off to the Races? Maybe Not Thursday, 28 Apr 2011 | 1:32 PM ET

    Bullish weak dollar trades? Jon Najarian says big money is betting that the dollar will stabalize.

  • Will Silver Go Above $50 … and Stay There? Thursday, 28 Apr 2011 | 12:44 AM ET
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    Silver jumped 6 percent Thursday on the back of dollar weakness after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke's dovish remarks Wednesday, but some analysts doubt the price can hit and stay above the $50 mark.

  • Silver and Gold Ignore the Fed on Inflation Wednesday, 27 Apr 2011 | 6:03 PM ET

    Silver and gold are flashing inflation warnings, even as the Fed chairman tried to allay concerns about rising prices.

  • Buyers Beware: Silver Crashed 11% in 24 Hours Tuesday, 26 Apr 2011 | 6:43 PM ET
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    Shortly after the start of overnight trading at 12:10 a.m. on Monday, silver futures surged to a multi-year high of $49.82 per ounce. Nine hours later, by the start of stock market trading in the U.S., the May Silver contract was down eight percent.

  • Morning Note: Silver, The New Safe-Haven Currency? Monday, 25 Apr 2011 | 12:06 PM ET

    Is silver the new safe-haven currency?  That was a question for Fast Money traders Monday morning as silver surged to an all-time high.

  • Oil May Hit $150, Gold $2,000: Risk Assessor Tuesday, 19 Apr 2011 | 5:38 AM ET

    Oil prices are likely to hit $150 while gold may go above $2,000 longer term, Nick Bullman, a managing partner at research-based risk assessment service firm CheckRisk, told CNBC Tuesday.

  • Minting Money Friday, 15 Apr 2011 | 2:43 PM ET
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    I'm reporting from the largest coin show on the west coast Friday. Hundreds of dealers are expected at the Santa Clara Convention Center for a show put on by Collectors Universe.