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Copper

  • Is the Hot Chilean Peso About to Cool? Friday, 28 Sep 2012 | 7:15 AM ET
    Chilean Pesos bank note.

    The Chilean peso has been on a tear, but this strategist thinks the central bank may soon put on the brakes.

  • Mining

    The $90 billion merger of Glencore and Xstrata is on shaky ground as the two sides struggle to come to terms over the makeup of the combined management team, the New York Times reports.

  • Gold coins and bar

    Gold is the “clear winner” from global stimulus measures, according to a report by UK research firm Capital Economics, which says that gains to other commodities such as oil and copper are likely to be brief.

  • Latin America Fears Fed Monetary Stimulus: Chile Minister Thursday, 13 Sep 2012 | 12:07 PM ET
    Latin America

    More monetary stimulus programs from the Federal Reserve or the European Central Bank will force Latin American currencies to over-appreciate, Chile Finance Minster Felipe Larrain told CNBC on Thursday.

  • Copper Inventory May Be High, but Demand Is Higher Monday, 13 Aug 2012 | 12:15 AM ET
    Reel of uninsulated copper wire

    Copper bulls waiting for a magic bullet from China to shore up the metal’s price have been left disappointed. Recent data from China—specifically industrial production and imports data — continue to point to sluggish demand in a market dogged by high inventories.

  • Australians get to work, but euro investors are losing steam — it's time for your FX Fix.

  • Xstrata reported a sharp fall in profits Tuesday as the miner battled rising costs and falling prices – which is likely to revive the debate surrounding its stalled $60 billion merger with Glencore, the commodities trader.

  • Cramer's Market Dashboard Tuesday, 31 Jul 2012 | 6:41 PM ET

    Find out which ETFs the "Mad Money" host tends to follow throughout the day.

  • Will Copper Spring Higher? Sunday, 22 Jul 2012 | 1:52 PM ET
    Reel of uninsulated copper wire

    Freeport-McMoran Copper & Gold CEO Richard Adkerson, told CNBC’s “Closing Bell” on Thursday he expects copper prices to be higher longer term. He's not alone in his bullishness.

  • Why Dr. Copper Is Wrong About China’s Economy Tuesday, 12 Jun 2012 | 5:03 AM ET
    Reel of uninsulated copper wire

    China’s copper imports surged in May, rising 65 percent over the previous year and fueling hopes of a pickup in growth for the world’s second-largest economy. But experts say that country’s appetite for the industrial metal is “opportunistic” and doesn’t reflect economic fundamentals.

  • Copper Will Stay Above $8,000 This Year: Analyst Tuesday, 5 Jun 2012 | 4:19 AM ET
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    The price of copper will stay above $8,000 this year despite a slowdown in China, the world’s biggest consumer of the metal, according to Kemal Bagci, director at RBS Markets.

  • Copper ETF Plan Would ‘Wreak Havoc’ Wednesday, 23 May 2012 | 9:36 PM ET
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    US manufacturers have attacked plans by JPMorgan Chase to launch an exchange-traded fund backed by physical copper, arguing that the product would “grossly and artificially inflate prices” and “wreak havoc on the US and global economy”. The FT reports.

  • China Buyers Defer Raw Material Cargos Sunday, 20 May 2012 | 8:35 PM ET
    Aerial of iron ore ships at Port Hedland.

    Chinese consumers of thermal coal and iron ore are asking traders to defer cargos and – in some cases – defaulting on their contracts, in the clearest sign yet of the impact of the country’s economic slowdown on the global raw materials markets. The FT reports.

  • Using Copper Over Gold 'Game Changer' for Chipmakers Friday, 18 May 2012 | 6:01 AM ET
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    With gold prices surging in recent years, the semiconductor industry has been increasingly replacing the precious metal with the more affordable copper in the wire bonding process, leading to huge savings in the cost of manufacturing a chip.

  • Palladium's Revving Up Gains Monday, 30 Apr 2012 | 3:24 PM ET
    Palladium

    Palladium raced ahead of all other metals in April. After climbing double digits in the first quarter, platinum and silver futures were down 4 and 5 percent, respectively. Both metals lost ground for the second consecutive month. Copper prices were flat, and gold seems to have lost its luster, posting its third straight monthly decline.

  • Bulging Chinese Inventories Undermine Copper Thursday, 19 Apr 2012 | 10:53 PM ET
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    China's rising  copper inventories and slowing economic growth is casting a pall over the usually bullish mood at Cesco week in Santiago, the largest annual gathering of the world’s copper miners, traders, consumers and investors. The FT reports.

  • Freeport-McMoran Not for Sale: CEO Thursday, 19 Apr 2012 | 4:44 PM ET
    Copper coil

    Copper miner Freeport-McMoran isn't for sale, and won't be buying any of its competitors anytime soon, CEO Richard Adkerson told CNBC Thursday.

  • Your Currency Trade on Copper's Rise Tuesday, 3 Apr 2012 | 2:24 PM ET
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    'Tis the season for a major commodity currency to do well, this strategist says.

  • Platinum a Better Bet Than Gold: Trader Thursday, 29 Mar 2012 | 2:32 PM ET

    Gold gets all the headlines, but platinum is a better bet to put precious metals in your portfolio, Patrick Armstrong of Armstrong Investment Managers told CNBC.

  • Top Performing Commodities ETFs of 2012 Wednesday, 21 Mar 2012 | 5:05 PM ET
    There may be no better way to appreciate the diversity of exchange traded funds than by looking at the commodities sector of the asset class. There are several hundred 100 ETFs and their close cousin, ETNs, or exchange traded notes. The group covers everything from energy to metals to agriculture to livestock. There are broad and narrow funds, ones based on an index or futures trading and still others that hold the actual commodity. There are precious and industrial metals, foodstuffs and livest

    There may be no better way to appreciate the diversity of exchange traded funds than by looking at the commodities sector of the asset class.