The 5 Worst Commodity Stocks of 2013

With 2013 drawing to a close, we’re taking a moment to reflect on the biggest moves seen by commodity investors over the past year on Wall Street. Last week, we profiled the best performing commodity stocks of the year; this list was largely dominated by U.S. oil & gas companies as the domestic energy boom took root in 2013. While some commodity producers managed to rake in stellar triple-digit gains, most fell on the other end of the performance spectrum and struggled to rally amid 2013′s bull market [for more commodity news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter]. Sluggish growth prospects in China coupled with uncertainty surrounding the timing and magnitude of the Fed taper at home have served, and remain, as two key headwinds for commodity investors looking ahead to 2014.

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Top 5 Silver Mining Stocks By Market Cap

Although often overshadowed by gold, silver is one of the world’s best-known commodities. The precious metal is used as a safe haven investment as well as a play on larger macroeconomic trends, as silver has a significant role in the industrial world. Physical and futures-based investments in silver have been a mainstay in many investors portfolios for years now, but allocations to silver mining and exploration companies have quickly solidified their place in the commodity world [for more silver news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter]. 

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