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    Markets are heading back to the "bad old days of 2010", with investors trading off headlines, rather than fundamentals and correlations between asset classes strengthening, according to research by ConvergEx.

  • Commodities Tomorrow     Wednesday, 25 May 2011 | 4:00 PM ET

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

  • Global Economy Not Slowing? Tuesday, 24 May 2011 | 2:40 PM ET

    Think you're seeing a slew of signs pointing to a global slowdown? Maybe not!

  • Are Diamonds the New Gold for China? Thursday, 19 May 2011 | 8:22 PM ET
    Flawless pear-shaped 72.22-carat diamond

    The World Gold Council’s first quarter report shows demand from China for gold jewelry jumped 21 percent year on year to 142.9 tons, but some fund managers are betting on diamond and gem set jewelry to give higher returns.

  • Glittering Array as US Marshals Auction Ill-Gotten Gains Thursday, 12 May 2011 | 11:12 AM ET

    How much is an elephant's weight in gold worth?  The U.S. Marshals Service could soon find out when it auctions off nearly five tons of confiscated gold and silver jewelry.

  • Bound to Rebound, Buy Gold: HSBC Wednesday, 11 May 2011 | 1:45 AM ET
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    Following a dramatic couple of weeks for those holding gold, HSBC has told clients the precious metal is ‘bound to rebound’ and that they could use the losses as a buying opportunity.

  • Is US Dollar's Recovery Tied to Death of Bin Laden? Monday, 9 May 2011 | 4:47 PM ET
    Saudi-born alleged terror mastermind Osama bin Laden is seen in this video footage recorded at an undisclosed location in Afghanistan aired by the Qatar-based satelite TV station al-Jazeera in 2001.

    There were many reasons throughout history that a currency has become the reserve money of the world, but the most common has been the country’s military might—specifically that of its navy.

  • Commodity prices may have recovered slightly from last week's sharp selloff but the downtrend is likely to stay in place for the next few months, warned analysts.

  • CFTC to Probe Speculator Role in Commodity Prices Friday, 6 May 2011 | 11:21 AM ET

    The Commodities Futures Trading Commission will be looking at the role of speculators in recent volatile commodities pricing, Commissioner Bart Chilton told CNBC Friday.

  • Will Glencore's IPO Spark a Merger War? Friday, 6 May 2011 | 4:37 AM ET
    The Glencore logo seen in front of the Swiss commodities giant's headquarters in Baar.

    Glencore's $11 billion from its initial public offerings in London and Hong Kong will give the commodity trader considerable firepower for acquisitions and could preface a wave of consolidation in the mining sector, analysts say.

  • 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
    Gold

    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
    Silver bar and coins

    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.

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    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

    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
    Silver bar and coins

    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

    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

    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.