Gold and Silver Miners Rebound in 2014

Last year, investors witnessed several corners of the commodity market falter. One of the hardest hit sectors, however, was metals and mining; both the commodity and its producers suffered tremendous losses in 2013. The popular SPDR Gold Trust (GLD) saw outflows of more than $23 billion last year, causing its assets under management to sink by more than 40%. Other metal funds, as well as individual mining companies, had similarly dismal performances [for more gold and silver news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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Commodity Earnings on Tap: Big Week for Oil (COP, PSX, XOM)

As earnings season kicks into full gear, all eyes turn to the reports of some of the world’s most powerful commodity firms to comment on the asset class as a whole. This week sees the heat turned up on the energy space, as some of the biggest players in the world of oil are on deck, as well as a few other companies sprinkled in throughout the week [for more commodity news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter]:

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Ignoring the Gold Predictions

After enjoying a relentless bull run that lasted 12 consecutive years, gold finally broke in 2013. Having become a darling of the investing world for most of the prior decade, gold’s almost 30% losses hit especially hard, as the precious metal finally saw a correction. The downward spiral was brought on largely by a massive year for equities, as the S&P 500 saw its best annual return since 1997, prompting many to flee metals markets to try their luck with white-hot equities [for more gold news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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Contango Report: Precious Metals Sloping Up for 2014

As we kick off the New Year, commodity investors are hoping that 2014 brings more favorable returns than its predecessor. Last year was largely marked by dwindling commodity returns with a number of hard assets wreaking havoc on investors and traders across the board. Gearing up for 2014, we take a look at some of the biggest commodities currently contangoed to help you get prepared for the new year [for more commodity news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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Gold in 2013: The Correction Finally Weighs In

After a 12-year unstoppable bull run, gold finally met its match in 2013. Investors had been hopping on the bandwagon with great success for a number of years, as  it seemed that gold would never stop climbing. With the Fed committed to printing money as a part of its various quantitative easing programs and a general sense of uneasiness about the economy, gold was able to make historical highs in 2011. Though it fell off from its peak that year, it still had a positive run in 2012. 2013, however, was a completely different story [for more gold news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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The 5 Worst Commodities of 2013

Last week, we outlined the five hard assets that performed the best in 2013 and noted that the pickings were slim. Overall, it was a rough year for commodities, as a number of hard assets slumped while equities roared forward. Below, we outline the five worst performing commodities of 2013 [for more commodity news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter]:

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What Big Banks Are Saying About Commodities in 2014

As 2013 comes to a close, several analysts have already published their predictions for the coming year with most remaining cautiously optimistic about the global economy in 2014. So far this year, however, commodity markets have struggled to stay out of the red, with many analysts speculating that the epic commodity boom seen in recent years is finally over. Though on the equity side, commodity producers have benefited from this year’s bull run, with oil and gas companies in particular logging in double digit gains [for more commodity news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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Weak Diwali Gold Purchases May Spell Trouble for Gold

The Diwali holiday traditions in India are often marked by healthy gold purchases and increased use of the precious metal. The demand that India typically holds this time of year often offers a boost for gold prices, as citizens and jewelers across the country scoop up the commodity left and right. This year’s Diwali season, however, painted a much different picture as purchases and interest in the metal were quite muted [for more gold news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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What To Do With Losing Gold Positions

Gold has been one of the most polarizing assets of the past decade as it enjoyed a rare 12-year bull run. Barring a borderline miracle, it looks like gold will snap its winning streak in 2013 as the precious metal has hit a wall and has failed to find any kind of positive momentum. While the yellow commodity has been sputtering for months, a number of investors have been holding onto their positions, growing more frustrated by the day as the metal has shown little signs of turning around [for more gold news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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Earnings Recap: Chesapeake Beats Estimates; MOS and RGLD Miss the Mark

While many commodity producers have reported better-than-expected third quarter results, particularly oil and gas companies, several firms have been missing the mark, citing lower demand and lower commodity prices as significant detriments to growth. Last week, Peabody Energy Corp (BTU), Halliburton (HAL), ConocoPhillips (COP), and Exxon Mobil (XOM) managed to beat analyst estimates. Meanwhile, El Paso Pipeline Partners (EPB), Dow Chemical (DOW), and Chevron Corporation (CVX) missed expectations [for more commodity news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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