Metals & Mining

While the economy languishes, mining stocks and sector-related exchange traded funds are flourishing and are experiencing their best rally since the financial downturn. Leading the charge on Thursday, the iShares MSCI Global Silver Miners ETF (NYSEArca: SLVP) bounced 7.8% higher, Global X Copper Miners ETF (NYSEArca: COPX) jumped 6.3% and Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF […]

Metals and mining stocks, along with sector-related exchange traded funds, rallied Wednesday on the depreciating U.S. dollar and speculation that the Federal Reserve would not be able to further tighten rates on a weakening economy The SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), the world’s largest gold-backed exchange traded product, rose 1.0% Wednesday and broke back above […]

Another round of global uncertainty is bolstering the gold trade, with the precious metals miners and sector-related exchange traded funds shining in the equities space. On Wednesday, the Sprott Gold Miners ETF (NYSEArca: SGDM) rose 2.9%, iShares MSCI Global Gold Miners ETF (NYSEArca: RING) gained 2.5% and Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF (NYSEArca: GDX) increased […]

Gold bullion and miner sector-related exchange traded funds are enjoying a happy New Year as a bout of uncertainty helped drive safe-haven demand for the precious metal. Gold miner ETFs were among the best performers Monday, with the iShares MSCI Global Gold Miners ETF (NYSEArca: RING) up 3.1%, Market Vectors Junior Gold Miners ETF (NYSEArca: […]

Commodities have been down in the dumps this year as a strengthening U.S. dollar and slowing global economy weigh on demand. Consequently, exchange traded products linked to the raw materials have been among the worst performers of 2015. For instance, a natural gas-related exchange traded note and exchange traded fund are at the bottom of […]

Softening their worst week in a month, copper prices and metal-related exchange traded funds rallied Friday on a weaker U.S. dollar and potential production cuts. The iPath Dow Jones-UBS Copper Subindex Total Return ETN (NYSEArca: JJC), an exchange traded note that tracks copper price movements, jumped 3.7% Friday and United States Copper Index ETF (NYSEArca: […]

Precious metals miners-related exchange traded funds surged Friday, along with gold and silver prices, after the weaker-than-expected U.S. jobs data added to speculation that the Federal Reserve would hold off on tightening its monetary policy. On Friday, the Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF (NYSEArca: GDX), the largest and most heavily traded gold miners ETF, increased […]

U.S. equities and stock exchange traded funds regained their footing Wednesday, ending a tumultuous month on a positive note. Over September, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 1.5%, the Nasdaq Composite dropped 1.1% and the S&P 500 retreated 2.5%. The best performing non-leveraged exchange traded products over the past month include the ETFS Physical Palladium […]

The global miner sector and related exchange traded funds were among the worst performing areas of the market Monday as huge sell-off in Glencore (LSE: GLEN.L) fueled fears that the commodities rout is cutting deep into the mining industry. Glencore shares plunged 30% to near an all-time low Monday on concerns that the company was […]

The equities market and stock exchange traded funds jumped after the Federal Reserve announced it will be standing pat on record low U.S. interest rates for now in light of the weak economy, stubbornly low inflation and unstable global markets. Fed officials voted nine to one in favor of keeping current interest rates, stating Thursday […]

The U.S. equities have been meandering along for the past few weeks but were pulled from their stupor after Chinese yuan selling triggered a risk-off sentiment. Nevertheless, there are still pockets of strength in some markets and exchange traded funds. For instance, the best performing ETFs on Wednesday were those that tracked precious metal miners. […]

U.S. equities and stock exchange traded funds experienced some choppy conditions, but investors have unclenched their teeth as markets largely rebounded over July. Over July, the Dow Jones Industrial Average added 0.3%, the Nasdaq Composite increased 2.0% and the S&P 500 gained 1.8%. The best performing non-leveraged ETFs over the past month include the Market […]

Gold miners and sector-related exchange traded funds have been trailing the market. However, the sell-off may have been overdone and could present a good opportunity for contrarian investors ahead of the Federal Reserve announcement. Over the past month, the Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF (NYSEArca: GDX) fell 25.0%, Market Vectors Junior Gold Miners ETF (NYSEArca: […]

Copper, along with related exchange traded funds, are on a multi-year decline and the ongoing bear market may get worse before it gets better. Since the February 2011 high, the iPath Dow Jones-UBS Copper Subindex Total Return ETN (NYSEArca: JJC), an exchange traded note, has declined 54.3%. Year-to-date, JJC decreased 17.5%, the iPath Pure Beta […]

Global miner stocks and sector-related exchange traded funds have suffered a huge blow and could continue to struggle on a weak commodities outlook. The SPDR Metals & Mining ETF (NYSEArca: XME) has declined 14.9% year-to-date and plunged 34.2% over the past year. Meanwhile, the iShares MSCI Global Metals & Mining Producers ETF (NYSEArca: PICK) dipped […]

The drop in commodities prices is putting pressure on global miners exchange traded funds, and the sector could be in for more trouble ahead as tightening balance sheets force some companies to rethink their dividend policies. PricewaterhouseCoopers warned that miners are “walking a fine line” in their dividend policies as revenue streams dry up in […]

Copper futures bounced back Tuesday, with copper miner stocks and sector-related exchange traded funds leading the charge, on hopes of increased demand as China expands its stimulus measures. The iPath Dow Jones-UBS Copper Subindex Total Return ETN (NYSEArca: JJC), an exchange traded note, rose 1.0% Tuesday after falling off 8.1% over the past month. COMEX […]

The copper market and related exchange traded funds are gaining momentum and trading back above their long-term trend lines after the red metal experienced its best week since 2011. Over the past week, the iPath Dow Jones-UBS Copper Subindex Total Return ETN (NYSEArca: JJC), an exchange traded note, rose 7.3%, iPath Pure Beta Copper ETN […]

Uranium stocks surged Thursday and the industry-related exchange traded fund bumped up against its long-term trend line, after Japanese officials removed the last impediment to turning back on reactors that were shut down in response to the 2011 Fukushima disaster. The Global X Uranium ETF (NYSEArca: URA), which tracks uranium miners, jumped 4.6% Thursday after […]

Materials sector exchange traded funds have their moment in the limelight, capitalizing off a stronger U.S. dollar, despite falling commodities prices. Year-to-date, the Materials Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLB) rose 5.9%, Vanguard Materials ETF (NYSEArca: VAW) gained 5.1%, iShares U.S. Basic Materials ETF (NYSEArca: IYM) added 4.4% and iShares S&P Global Materials (NYSEArca: MXI) advanced […]

The plunge in oil prices is beginning to ripple across sectors, pressuring industrial metal miners and related exchange traded funds. The SPDR Metals & Mining ETF (NYSEArca: XME) fell 5.4% Wednesday and is down 28.2% over the past year. XME is now trading near its lowest since March 2009. Global miners are not faring any […]

China ended its export quota policy for rare-earth minerals, potentially raising global supply of the metals and weighing on rare earths sector-related exchange traded funds. The Market Vectors Rare Earth/Strategic Metals ETF (NYSEArca: REMX), which tracks the performance of companies that mine, refine and manufacture rare or strategic metals, dipped 1.7% Monday. REMX has declined […]

Uranium prices and miner-related exchange traded fund are rebounding as Asian countries shift to nuclear energy and cut back on greenhouse gas-emitting coal plants. Since the Tuesday low, the Global X Uranium ETF (NYSEArca: URA), which tracks uranium miners, rose 5.0%. However, URA is still down 23.5% year-to-date. Uranium prices have surged 35% since May, […]

After bouncing back from their six-year lows, gold miner exchange traded funds could find trouble gaining a foothold on their climb back up as production costs remain mostly above current spot prices. The Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF (NYSEArca: GDX) has surged 19.3% off its November 5 low. GDX, though, is still down 9.2% year-to-date. […]

Retail investors can gain exposure to targeted areas of the market like the nuclear energy and uranium industry. Nevertheless, traders should not be too overzealous with their allocations as the sector has exhibited extreme bouts of volatility. The Global X Uranium ETF (NYSEArca: URA), which tracks uranium miners, has declined 81% since it began trading […]

Uranium stocks and related exchange traded fund powered on Friday as Japan plans to restart its first nuclear reactor since the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami disaster. The Global X Uranium ETF (NYSEArca: URA) jumped 11.1% Friday and is now testing its 50-day moving average. Leading the charge, Denison Mines Corp (NYSE: DNN) surged 22.2%, […]

Fears of China’s stranglehold over the rare earth metals market may be overblown as more countries have quickly developed their own mining projects. Consequently, the rare-earth-related exchange traded fund could continue to languish under lower global prices. The Market Vectors Rare Earth/Strategic Metals ETF (NYSEArca: REMX), which tracks the performance of companies that mine, refine […]

After touching new highs, the broad equities market and stock exchange traded funds ended September on a more solemn note, weakening on geopolitical tensions and the Federal Reserve’s inclination toward monetary tightening. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 1.3% over the third quarter. Meanwhile, the Nasdaq Composite increased 2.5% and the S&P 500 added 0.9%. […]

Elon Musk’s plan for a multi-billion dollar Gigafactory to fuel mass-market Tesla (NasdaqGS: TSLA) electric cars will also help power up lithium stocks and industry-specific exchange traded fund. Electric automaker Tesla Motors will open a $5 billion battery factory, dubbed the Gigafactory, in Carson City, Nevada, reports Kirsten Korosec for Fortune. On Friday, the Global […]

As talks broke down in the longest-ever mining strike across South Africa, the palladium exchange traded fund inched toward a three-and-a-half year high. The ETFS Physical Palladium Shares (NYSEArca: PALL) was up 0.7% Wednesday. PALL has increased 19.5% year-to-date. The palladium spot price was hovering around $860 per ounce Wednesday. Palladium reached its highest level […]