Inside China’s Rare Earth Metal Industry

Rare earth metals (also known as “rare earth elements” or “REEs”) are 17 chemical elements in the periodic table. While many of these elements are actually found abundantly in the earth’s crust, their geochemical properties and dispersion make them difficult to extract in the pure forms necessary for use in many critical industries [for more rare earth metal news subscribe to our free newsletter].

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Earnings Preview: TCP, LPX, BIP

With the earnings season well on its way, many investors still remain understandably skeptical about several commodity producers’ fourth-quarter reports as global economic uncertainties and demand concerns continue to plague the market. Earnings results thus far have been mixed, while lackluster economic data weighs heavily on commodities. Last week, however, oil giants Exxon Mobil (XOM) and Chevron Corporation (CVX) both posted solid Q4 profits, exceeding analysts’ expectations. Chevron’s victory, however, was short-lived after analysts at UBS cut its stock recommendation [for more commodity news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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United States Steel Corp. (X) Looks Like A Steal

The bull train continues to roll ahead as generally upbeat corporate earnings haven’t given investors enough reason to take profits off the table. Major equity indexes have yet to deviate from their steep upward trajectory since the start of 2013, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 both posting fresh five-year highs and breaking past their psychologically significant 14,000 and 1,500 levels respectively. Amid the improving sentiment on the equity front, commodity prices have been all over the board, making it even more frustrating for those still waiting on sidelines to jump in; some are hesitant to go long given the stellar gains year-to-date on Wall Street, while others are fearful of missing out on the next bull market [for more market news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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Silver Opens 2013 With A Bang

The battle for the crown in the precious metals world continues to heat up, as silver has gotten off to a strong start this year. With one month of 2013 officially in the books, silver has gained 3.4% (despite a sell-off towards the end of the month) compared to gold’s -0.5% performance. This year will be especially interesting for these two metals as the fate of the global economy will likely have a big sway as to which hard assets finished the year on top [for more silver news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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Demographic Storm Hits U.S. Farmers

For years now, many have been pointing out a developing trend in the U.S. farming industry: the number of farmers continues to stagnate. Though the United States was once dominated by agriculture, the nation has simply grown beyond its once economic staple and put its focus elsewhere. As this happened, farming became less of a lucrative industry, leading to fewer and fewer people who choosing it as a career path. The trend has led many to proclaim an agriculture crisis in the country, but the situation is probably less dire than many paint it [for more agricultural news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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What Are Master Limited Partnerships (MLPs)?

Many energy companies have assets that generate a consistent income over time. For instance, a natural gas pipeline will transport a predictable amount of gas through it each year, generating very stable revenues. These stable revenues often lead to a distribution of earnings to shareholders in the form of a dividend. Unfortunately, investors are double taxed when standard corporations issue dividends – once when the company earns the revenue (corporate income tax) and once when the dividends are paid out (personal income tax). Master limited partnerships (MLPs) solve this problem by eliminating double taxation for revenues derived from qualified sources – as determined by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service. These sources include almost all activities associated with the production, processing or transportation of oil, natural gas and coal assets in the U.S. [for more MLP news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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Inside APMEX: A Physical Gold Dealer

If you believe the increasing amount of reality TV shows, investing in physical gold is as easy as heading to a small patch of land in Alaska, hiring a few people and digging. The truth is, it’s not that easy, and that’s why people who want to profit from precious metals take a much less, well, muddy route to owning and investing in the space. For those new to the metals space, knowing where to go to buy or sell for a fair price is difficult. That’s where APMEX, formerly known as American Precious Metals Exchange, enters the scene. APMEX has become a favorite among precious metals buyers and sellers for a few key reasons [for more gold news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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3 Ag Stocks Outperforming The Rest

The agricultural industry has not been the best performer as of late, but many popular investors have been buying into the sector during the downturn, including billionaire investor George Soros and his former partner Jim Rogers, among others. With the drought sending corn, wheat and soybean to modern-era highs last year and early this year, many analysts expect these trends to continue into the first half of 2013. Below, we outline three agriculture stocks that have outperformed the rest and may be setting up for a big 2013 [for more agricultural news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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