Is the rare earths space an industry in decline, a bubble popped? Not so, says the head of global research and clean technologies analyst at Byron Capital Markets. Hykawy says establishing a supply outside of China could breathe new life into this exiled market.
This year has been eventful for the oil patch. Natural disasters, revolutions, terrorist attacks and political maneuvering kept oil bouncing around $100 per barrel and 3.8% higher on the year at the end of June.
Just what are critical metals? They are sometimes referred to as "strategic" or "technology" metals, but clear definitions for these terms often prove elusive and routinely depend on to whom you're talking.
Who is responsible for the commodity and food inflation? Bernanke denies that it is the Fed. And, of course, the cause of inflation is hard enough to prove in a domestic economy, much less from policies followed by other central banks.
Whatever selling pressure the US dollar and a drop in crude oil had exerted upon gold prior to, and just after the opening of, the New York session this morning, dissipated along with the arrival to work in full force of the hedge fund crowd.