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  • Supporters of Presidential candidate Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono hold a poster showing their idol on June 27, 2004 during a large rally in the Indonesian capital Jakarta. Tens of thousands of Indonesian supporters came to the rally the last one in Jakarta before voters go to the polls on July 5.

    Indonesia's recent policy measures, like capping foreign ownership in mines, has not gone down well with investors and the policy uncertainty is going to continue, says one expert as Southeast Asia's largest economy prepares for elections in 2014.

  • Abigail Doolittle: Bearish Trend In Materials Chart Friday, 2 Mar 2012 | 1:54 PM ET

    Materials stood out as the one sector ETF that has yet to reverse an intermediate-term downtrend, Peak Theories Research’s Abigail Doolittle said.

  • Coal trains await unloading at Port Waratah Coal Services on April 12, 2007 in Newcastle, Australia.

    Rio Tinto is investing $518 million in driverless trains for its 1,500 kilometer (930 mile) Western Australian iron-ore rail network, increasing network capacity as the world no. 2 iron ore miner aims to boost output 60 percent by 2015.

  • Australia's Fortescue First-Half Profit Nearly Triples Tuesday, 14 Feb 2012 | 8:55 PM ET
    Open cast mining for iron ore.

    Fortescue Metals, Australia's third largest iron ore miner, more than doubled its half-year net profit as it ramped up sales to China, but cut its production guidance for the current quarter due disruptions caused by bad weather.

  • Options Action: The XLB Trade Tuesday, 14 Feb 2012 | 5:48 PM ET
    Options Action: The XLB Trade

    An options strategy on the materials sector, with Mike Khouw, Cantor Fitzgerald.

  • iron ore mine new_200.jpg

    Global miner Rio Tinto announced on Wednesday a $3.4 billion expansion of iron ore mining in Australia, where it has mapped out a plan to lift capacity by more than 50 percent in anticipation of growing demand from Chinese steel mills.

  • A Monster Rally for Risk Assets Wednesday, 30 Nov 2011 | 5:00 PM ET
    A Monster Rally for Risk Assets

    Dissecting the day's major market news, with the Fast Money traders, including the rally in commodities, and banks, transports, materials & industrial stocks.

  • Fast Money Pros: This Rally Will Continue Wednesday, 30 Nov 2011 | 3:29 PM ET

    The market soared Wednesday, but if you think you missed the move, you’re wrong, say "Fast Money" pros.

  • These Two Industries Will Outperform All in 2012 Tuesday, 8 Nov 2011 | 1:20 PM ET
    Outside the New York Stock Exchange in lower Manhattan.

    Material and industrial stocks are already showing early signs of growth in the U.S., making it a good time to consider buying their shares.

  • Options Action: XLB Tuesday, 25 Oct 2011 | 5:50 PM ET
    Options Action: XLB

    Mike Khouw, Cantor Fitzgerald, with an options play on the materials sector.

  • Invest in Banks, Materials, or Commodities? Monday, 10 Oct 2011 | 12:30 PM ET
    Invest in Banks, Materials, or Commodities?

    The Fast Money Halftime Traders share investment advice on the rallying markets, and assess which are the best sectors now, with Pete Najarian, Optionsmonster.com; Stephen Weiss, Short Hills Capital; Steve Grasso, Stuart Frankel; Zachary Karabell, River Twice Research. Also, details of today's stock pops and drops.

  • Best Way to Play Volatility: Strategists Wednesday, 5 Oct 2011 | 2:38 PM ET
    Traders buy and sell crude oil futures contracts at the New York Mercantile Exchange.

    Just about everybody on Wall Street thinks volatility is here to stay. What they disagree over is what investors should do about it.

  • Sector Winners & Losers    Tuesday, 13 Sep 2011 | 3:44 PM ET

    Industrials are up and energy is down. A look at the highest and lowest performing sectors, with CNBC's Brian Shactman.

  • Buy Mining Plays with Assets In Mongolia: Pro Friday, 15 Jul 2011 | 5:36 AM ET

    The Mongolian mining industry, which is to benefit from China's huge appetite for resources, is a sector to bet on. One fund manager suggests investing in mining plays that are listed internationally, but have assets in Mongolia.

  • Dennis Gartman: Sell-Off to Get Worse Monday, 6 Jun 2011 | 6:38 PM ET

    Strategic investor Dennis Gartman thinks the recent market action is pretty bearish. He expects the correction to get 'reasonably more serious.'

  • Halftime: Did Goldman Sachs Just Save The Bulls? Tuesday, 24 May 2011 | 1:25 PM ET

    Energy and materials again landed front and center on every trader's radar after Goldman Sachs made some seriously bullish comments.

  • One Company's Effort to Save a Dying City Tuesday, 10 May 2011 | 3:45 PM ET
    Downtown Reading, Pennsylvania

    The scene outside Carpenter Technologies has been repeated once or twice a month for about the last two years. Eighteen men and women receiving a full factory tour as part of their official transition from temporary employee to full-time staff.

  • Cramer: Avoid Investing In These 2 Sectors Wednesday, 23 Mar 2011 | 7:50 PM ET

    Try these two sectors instead, the "Mad Money" host said.

  • The Big Mining Problem: Where to Put All the Cash Wednesday, 9 Mar 2011 | 5:49 AM ET

    The mining industry is beginning to run out of debt and this is proving to be a problem according to Andrew Keen, the head of metals & mining research at HSBC.

  • Oil Supplies Are Key Topic at Annual CERA Week Monday, 7 Mar 2011 | 9:40 PM ET

    Top energy industry leaders gather in Houston this week at a critical time for the oil producing world and are expected to attempt to assure markets that supply is ample around the globe.

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