Materials tend to be closely correlated with China, the top consumer for many commodities and chemicals. We crunched the numbers with Kensho to see how materials perform when there are signs of weakness in the world’s second largest economy.
China's bold Silk Road project runs through Afghanistan, where it could gain control of mineral riches in a nation failed by US and Russia.
Despite a lot of alarm to the contrary, America's bridges aren't that bad overall.
It is not a direct threat to humans, but high levels of mercury in fog, could pose threats to animals and food supplies.
Online retailer eBay is seeing strong demand for deals on precious metals this holiday season.
The three main global issues are economic contraction, a tech bubble and terrorism in key cities, says Frank Troise, MD of Infinity Partners.
If China's old economy doesn't find its footing, metals demand could take another hit, Goldman Sachs said.
Copper prices have hit a new weak spot after lackluster data from China spooked investors, and Goldman Sachs doesn't anticipate an improvement.
Nautilus Minerals just debuted the equipment that may make it the first company to seriously mine the ocean floor.
A burst dam at an iron ore mine owned by Vale and BHP Billiton left at least two people dead, more than 30 injured and dozens missing overnight.
Ford delivered quarterly earnings that missed analysts' expectations on Tuesday, but revenues were better than expected.
The company cited a strong dollar and weak agricultural markets in Brazil and other emerging markets for the decline in profits.
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Although abandoned mines are better known for the environmental problems businesses are finding innovative uses for old mines. NBCNews reports.
Pisani argues that Ferrari cannot have high growth, high price and high exclusivity because one aspect must be compromised.
Alcoa said it would split into two entities, acknowledging that its legacy aluminum operations and auto businesses were no longer compatible.
Caterpillar also lowered its guidance for 2015, saying expected sales and revenues are now $1 billion lower than previous estimates.
Materials stocks tumbled Tuesday, and according to some traders it could get even worse.
Stacey Gilbert, Susquehanna Capital Group, and Boris Schlossberg, BK Asset Management, look at the materials sector, as global growth concerns multiply.
The two worst-performing stocks in the S&P find themselves at the center of the commodities selloff.
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