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.
A wireless conference may be the last place you'd expect to see a precious metals refinery company, but precious metals are prevalent in cellular devices and once stripped down, those metals can be cashed in.
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.
CNBC's Sharon Epperson reports on which metal is outperforming the others.
Corn, energy and some industrial metals look particularly well positioned for gains in the year ahead, thanks to tight inventory levels and potential supply shocks.
In targeting the most promising subsectors or individual commodities, consider platinum, palladium, copper and corn.
Precious metals are being hit hard Wednesday—gold, silver, platinum and palladium all caught in the wave of selling.
From the popular precious metals gold and silver, to more niche plays like copper, palladium, and platinum, which metal will be the best investment going forward?
With the price of gold soaring to record levels, the precious metal has become that much more dear. Where and how should gold buyers store their bullion and coins?
The dollar is rising and gold has been gaining too. What's going on? The greenback and gold are usually inversely correlated, so when the dollar goes up, gold goes down and vice versa. But not today—and that highlights the gravity of sovereign debt concerns and worries about the value global currencies, not just the greenback.
With silver prices tumbling for a third straight session, traders are questioning if its record-breaking rally in recent months is finally over.
"Investors are looking at what the news is and they're reacting to it, and the reaction isn't necessarily a healthy one at all times," says one market pro.