A Brief 2000-Year History Of Copper Prices

We have previously talked about the historical use and value of gold and silver, and now we turn to copper. Right off the bat, copper is a very different metal. Like gold, it’s easy to work with for relatively simple tools and technologies, but unlike gold, copper was (and is) quite common and easy to find. Copper has been mined and used for at least 10,000 years and likely vied with meteoric iron as the metal most used in tools [for more copper news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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2 Independent Oil & Gas Firms On Fire

In the world of oil and gas investing, big names like Exxon Mobil and Chevron are usually what come to mind, as these mega-companies seem to dominate the industry. There are, however, a small subset of companies that have certainly solidified their place in many investors’ portfolios: independent oil and gas. While the market capitalization of these companies may be small, their attractive returns and growth potential warrant a closer look [for more oil and gas news subscribe to our free newsletter]. 

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Silver Wheaton (SLW) Ready For Comeback

Buying pressures continue to reign supreme on Wall Street as bullish euphoria has failed to evaporate – much to the bears’ frustration. Major equity indexes remain on a steep climb higher while the commodity market remains mixed at best; year-to-date, some commodities like corn and crude oil are clinching onto minor gains, while others like gold and silver remain in red territory [for more market news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter]. With most equities either sitting at or headed towards new highs, many are hesitant to jump in after such a stellar run-up. Luckily, the investable universe is wide and not every security has enjoyed wild gains thus far in 2013. Silver-mining bellwether Silver Wheaton Corp. (SLW) presents an intriguing opportunity at the moment that warrants a closer look from contrarian investors looking to get a piece of the action on Wall Street.

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A Visual Guide to Lithium Investing

In the commodity world, lithium is a rising star as its use and prevalence has skyrocketed in recent years. Thanks to a wealth of new technologies, lithium is slowly becoming a staple metal for a number of products and industries. As one of the lightest metals out there, lithium is used widely in pharma, ceramics, aluminu, and a number of clean technology processes. Given its wide spread, it should be no surprise that the commodity has also grown as an investment in recent years [for more lithium news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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Gold Gears Up For A Rebound

It was Warren Buffett that urged investors to be greedy when others are fearful, and fearful when others are greedy. At a time when it seems like equities are unstoppable, investors have been pouring into stocks and increasing their overall risk appetite. As a result, safe-haven assets like gold have taken a big hit, as there is less perceived risk in the economy than in the recent past. But what goes up must come down, and savvy investors have an opportunity to turn a profit based on current trends [for more gold news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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Dow Commodity Highs: 2007 vs. 2013

With the Dow hitting all-time highs again, it’s worth looking back at the Dow Jones in 2007 and examining what has changed. In the intervening time, it has been a wild ride for commodities. Commodity prices soared in 2008 and 2009 as China rapidly industrialized, with oil moving from about $50 per barrel to over $145 per barrel and copper jumping from about $2.70 per pound to over $4.20 per pound [for more commodity news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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Anadarko’s Oil Find May Be A “Game Changer”

Last week, Texas-based independent oil and natural gas explorer Anadarko (APC) announced one of its largest oil discoveries in the Gulf of Mexico. Immediately following the press release, shares of the company, as well as the well’s co-owners ConocoPhillips (COP) and Marathon Oil Corp. (MRO), rallied, prompting many analysts to redraw their estimates for Anadarko. Many have noted that this discovery may very well be a “game changer” for the popular explorer [for more commodity news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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Contrarian Alert: First Solar (FSLR) Rising From The Grave

The bull train has hit a few bumps in recent trading sessions as a wave of European woes over the weekend has prompted some to take profit. Nonetheless, “buying on the dip” remains a dominant theme on Wall Street as bullish pressures continue to reign supreme on the equity front [for more market news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter]. With most equities either sitting at or headed towards new highs, many are faced with the tough decision of waiting to pull the sell trigger in an effort to maximize profit without getting burned by the impending correction. Luckily, the investable universe is wide and not every security has taken advantage of the bull run on Wall Street.  Green-energy bellwether First Solar (FSLR) presents an intriguing opportunity at the moment that warrants a closer look from contrarian investors looking to get a piece of the action on Wall Street.

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15 Commodity-Friendly Professors

When it comes to commodities, most investors turn to the likes of Jim Rogers and George Soros, legendary gurus that have long held the spotlight in this asset class. And while their contributions to the commodities world have certainly helped shape the market we know today, there is one group of individuals that is often overlooked, though they have continually played a major role in the natural resources market: professors [sign up for our free commodity newsletter here].

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Commodity Growth: All Eyes On China

As markets continue to roar forward, many investors have turned their gaze toward the commodity world, wondering how this asset class will fare after a “super-cycle” filled with gains. While there are a number of important factors at play, it is widely agreed that China will have a significant impact on the future of some of the world’s most popular hard assets. What is not widely agreed upon, is whether or not the Chinese economy will hinder or enable commodities going forward, as the emerging nation has seen its economy cool off [for more commodity news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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