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Nickel’s Price Chart Gives Me Goose Bumps

I have to admit that nickel’s chart gives me goose bumps, and I am relieved that I was not on the wrong side of the market during the severe correction that started in 2007. Unlike other metals such as gold, nickel has only industrial use, and its price movements are more aligned with its fundamentals….

Rare Earths – Not as Rare as Previously Thought

China rules the rare earth metal market and prices have increased 10-fold since 2009. China holds a monopoly over rare earth metal supplies, providing 95% of the world’s needs. Last year the Chinese government began to ration its exports by imposing quotas, which reduced exports by 40%; they also started to pick and choose which…

Australia’s Role In The Golden Age Of Gas

Natural gas has become even more desirable after the Australian government unveiled a plan to pass a carbon tax, which should boost demand for natural gas, since natural gas is a cleaner source of energy than coal.  The last International Energy Agency (IEA) report paints a rosy picture for both supply and demand in coming…

After a 10-year bull market, is it prudent to invest in gold?

From America’s gold-teeth-rappers, Lil Wayne and 50 Cent, to miners, individual investors, and bankers-everyone seems to want gold for different reasons. It is of no surprise that every investment newsletter and financial television channel tells you that gold is back in vogue. Actually, it is almost impossible to find gold bears. A quick look at…

The Next Gold Rush: Copper

The demand for copper is expected to overshoot supply by a significant margin in the future, leading some in the industry to predict that copper could be the next gold rush. For this reason, TheBull decided to take the time to investigate the trends in copper, the forecasts and the copper stocks that could stand…

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COMMODITY OUTLOOK: Black Gold

Wars have been fought over it and nations desperately jockey to pillage the Earth of it: oil is Mother Nature’s densely packed energy storage sludge.  This sludge, however, is so valuable that many consider it an indicator of the overall health of an economy. A high crude oil price is worrisome because it shrinks businesses’…

The Commodities Lowdown: The Future For Coal

When I think of coal…two questions pop in my mind: 1) How much coal is out there? 2) How is the coal mining industry going to survive in an ever increasingly emissions-conscious world? Supply To answer the first question, I did a little digging, no pun intended. It turns out that the world has plenty…

Eight stocks to ride the coal boom

Coal exports during the March quarter may have taken a hefty whack after Queensland’s recent ‘big-wet’ – but the clouds that caused havoc to many coal-plays may have a silver lining. Admittedly, the knock-on effect of the disrupted coal supply from Australia did cause a short-term rally in prices. While this did defer orders from…

Eight undervalued uranium-plays

With the Australian and global uranium share indices ebbing at lows following the fallout from Japan’s natural disaster in March, now’s the time to identify prime buying opportunities within the sector. In the wake of Japan’s earthquake/tsunami-induced nuclear fallout at Fukushima, the average value of the Australia’s uranium-plays tumbled by around 33 per cent. But…