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  • 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.

  • 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.

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    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

    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.

  • And here's how market pros recommend cashing in on the rising inflation trade.

  • Mongolia: Boldly Go Where No Investor… Thursday, 14 Apr 2011 | 8:01 AM ET

    Backed by its resource-rich landscape of world class deposits, Mongolia has been coined the “Saudi Arabia of Coal” with strong parallels to previous natural resource booms around the world.

  • Pink Diamond Ring Could Fetch $12-$15 Million Wednesday, 13 Apr 2011 | 1:02 PM ET

    A 10.09-carat cushion-cut purple-pink diamond ring is hitting the auction block Tuesday, being sold at Christie’s in New York for an estimated $12 million to $15 million as part of the auction house's Magnificent Jewel Sale.

  • Gold Prices to Rise as Demand Persists: Survey Wednesday, 13 Apr 2011 | 7:48 AM ET
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    Expect higher gold prices and increased investment demand. That’s the message from the GFMS Gold Survey 2011, an annual report looking at global supply and demand for the yellow metal.

  • Halftime: Similar Stock Moves As Last Quake? Thursday, 7 Apr 2011 | 1:38 PM ET

    The market went into ‘sell first and ask questions later’ mode on March 11th when the first Japan quake hit. Does that suggest you should go bottom fishing, now?

  • Analysts Backing Gold All the Way to $1,500 Wednesday, 6 Apr 2011 | 1:41 AM ET
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    Now as the slow process of recovery continues, the price tag of the precious metal shows little sign of retreating.