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Investing in Metals & Commodity Trading

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  1. Metal Commodity Markets (14)

Osmium Prices
Prices indicated below reflect the prices published on the first day of each month per one troy ounce (31.1g) of osmium.

How to Write a Metals Business Plan
Article explaining the essential components and strategies you need to write a successful business plan in the metals industry. Covers formatting, common mistakes and advanced considerations.

How to Price Scrap Metal
Article describing the steps necessary to price one's scrap metal properly, including tips on identification and market resources.

Alaron Metals Report
Daily research reports by market analysts to help you make well informed decisions as you trade the markets. Published by Alaron Trading, a futures and options brokerage firm.

CommoditiesNow
Online and print magazine for the commodities industry with emphasis on trading, pricing, risk management and regulation. Coverage focuses on energy markets, base and precious metals, agriculturals and softs, and related issues.

Current and Historical Metals Prices
Links to current and historical metals price data. Including direct links to the global commodity exchanges: COMEX, London Metal Exchange, Mid-America, New York Mercantile, Shanghai Metal Exchange, Tokyo Commodity Exchange and related links.

Gold News Weekly
Free information on metals and stocks, news, reports, analysis, expert commentary, interactive charts, and discussion forums to keep you abreast of what's happening with gold, silver, platinum, palladium and stocks.

Goldsheet Mining Directory
Excellent directory of metals & mining market information. Price charts in various formats for gold, silver, platinum, base metals, diamonds and more. Offers a detailed mining company directory, recent news stories and historical data.

Guide to Investing in Gold
Free guide to gold investing from the World Gold Council, a non-profit association. Provides information on supply, demand, gold prices, when & where to buy gold bullion or other investment forms such as coins, futures contracts, options and mining stocks.

How-to Buy Precious Metals
Avoid common errors when purchasing precious metals using this detailed instructional guide. A sample RFQ, a pre-purchase worksheet and a sample Purchase Order are provided.

Strategic Metal Report
Strategic Metal Report (SM Report) provides market followers with up-to-date, independent and unique analysis of minor metal markets. Operated by SMI Ltd., SM Report covers economic issues affecting the supply and pricing of minor metals, including antimony, bismuth, gallium, germanium, indium, lithium, manganese, rare earths and tungsten, among others.

J. Taylors Gold & Technology Stocks
Weekly commentary and news on the gold market. Online archive of reports and interviews.

Kitco - Live Metals Market Updates
Live online market prices, charts, news and reports on gold, silver, and platinum & Palladium. Historical charts and prices dating as far back as 1833.

Metalprices.com
Free LME and Comex price charts & tables in USD/LB for aluminum, antimony, chrome, cobalt, columbium, copper, germanium, gold, iron, lead, moly, nickelalloy, palladium, platinum, silver, tantalum, tin, titanium, tungsten, vanadium and zinc.

Mintek's BusInfo
Weekly news updates about the global metals industries. Covers precious metals, ferro-alloys, steel, major metals, light metals, economic indicators, environment and other minerals of interest.

Platinum Metals Review
Johnson Matthey's quarterly journal of scientific research articles on platinum group metals.

Platt's Metal News
Standards & Poors's weekly subscription newsletter service offering comprehensive reporting & analysis, prices and trends on the global nonferrous metals markets. Daily prices from the LME, Comex and NYMEX included.

TeleGold.com
Precious metals exchange which allows you to easily trade gold, silver and platinum bullion instantly.

The London Bullion Market Association
The LBMA is the hub of global OTC precious metals trading. Provides London gold and silver market statistics from 1985 to present.

The Prospector Newspaper
Mining news from around the world. The latest investment and exploration news. Site includes archived articles, online, by email or in print.

The Silver Institute
Provides advise on the advantages and disadvantages of particular silver investments. Chose the investment that is right for you: bullion, options, accumulation plans, silver certificates, silver coins, medallions, mining stocks or mutual funds.

TheBullionDesk.com
Daily news, charts and detailed reports on the precious metals market.

Vcall - Free Annual Report Service
Download free copies of corporate annual reports for companies in the metal and mining industry, precious metals industry, base metals industry, and most other industries.

Weekly Gold Market Commentary
A review of the major events shaping opinion in the gold market during the past week compiled by World Gold Council staff in London and New York. Information on demand trends, the role of gold as a reserve asset and lease rates charts are provided.

Molybdenum Prices 2013
Molybdenum contracts began trading on the London Metal Exchange in February of 2010. The prices listed below are based on cash buyer contracts settled at the LME on the first trading day of each month.

Cobalt Prices 2013
Cobalt contracts began trading on the London Metal Exchange in February of 2010. The prices listed below are based on cash buyer contracts settled at the LME on the first trading day of each month.

Platinum Prices
Johnson Matthey is a major supplier of platinum and platinum group metals (PGMs). Prices indicated below are monthly averages, calculated using prices offered by all three trading locations, per troy ounce (31.1g) of platinum.

Platinum Prices
What is palladium? Johnson Matthey is a major supplier of palladium and platinum group metals (PGMs). Prices indicated below are monthly averages, calculated using prices offered by all three trading locations, per troy ounce (31.1g) of palladium.

Rhodium Prices
What is the price of rhodium? Johnson Matthey is a major supplier of rhodium and platinum group metals (PGMs). Prices indicated below are monthly averages, calculated using prices offered by all three trading locations, per troy ounce (31.1g) of rhodium.

Rhenium Prices
Prices indicated below reflect the prices published on the first day of each month per one pound (454g) of rhenium.

Iridium Prices
Johnson Matthey is a major supplier of iridium and platinum group metals (PGMs). Prices indicated below are monthly averages, calculated using prices offered by all three trading locations, per troy ounce (31.1g) of iridium.

Copper Prices 2013
Copper and tin contracts have been traded on the London Metal Exchange since the late 19th century when the market first began operating. The prices listed below are based on the daily cash buyer contract prices settled at the LME and averaged for each month.

Ruthenium Prices
Johnson Matthey is a major supplier of ruthenium and platinum group metals (PGMs). The company sets wholesale prices for each of the PGMs twice daily at its trading desks in the USA, Hong Kong and London.

Aluminum Prices 2013
Aluminum (aluminium) contracts did not begin trading on the London Metal Exchange until 1978. These were upgraded to the current, higher (99.70%) grade contract in 1987 and now account for about 40% of the total tonnage traded on the exchange.

Nickel Prices 2013
Nickel contracts only began trading on the London Metal Exchange in 1979. The prices listed below are based on the daily cash buyer contract prices settled at the LME and averaged for each month.

Tin Prices 2013
Tin and copper contracts have been traded on the London Metal Exchange since the late 19th century when the market first began operating. After the collapse of the International Tin Council caused a hiatus in trading, tin's present contract began trading in 1989. Contracts for the tin now comprise about 1% of the metals, by volume, traded on the exchange, however, the global nickel market generates sales of over US$ 50 billion per year.

Zinc Prices 2013
Zinc and lead metal contracts have been traded on the London Metal Exchange since 1920. Zinc contracts have been updated a number of times and now are based on zinc metal ingots with a purity of 99.995% (minimum). The prices listed below are based on the daily cash buyer contract prices settled at the LME averaged for each month.

Metal Markets
Metal prices are not only important to manufacturers and end-users, but have long been used as a tool for monitoring economic and market conditions. But how do markets determine metal prices?

Steel Billet Prices 2013
Contracts for steel billets have been traded on the London Metal Exchange (LME) since 2008. These were the first ferrous contracts to be offered by the LME. The prices listed below are based on the daily cash buyer contract prices settled at the LME averaged for each month.

Metal Prices
Below are a list of links to reference metal prices. Price sources include the London Metal Exchange, Johnson Matthey Base Prices for platinum group metals (PGMs), Engelhard Industrial Bullion Prices and the London Bullion Market Association.

Gold Prices
The London bullion market is the preeminent, international over-the-counter market for the wholesale trading of gold and silver. The gold fix is quoted in US dollars, Pound sterling and the Euro at 10:30am and 3pm in London. Below are monthly averages of the London morning gold fix:

Silver Prices
The London bullion market is the preeminent, international over-the-counter market for the wholesale trading of gold and silver. The silver fix is quoted in US dollars, Pound sterling and the Euro at 10:30am and 3pm in London. Below are monthly averages of the London morning silver fix:

Lead Prices 2013
Contracts for lead comprise about 8% of the metals (by volume) traded on the London Metal Exchange, while the global lead market generates sales of roughly US$ 16 billion annually. The prices listed below are based on the daily cash buyer contract prices settled at the LME averaged for each month.

What is the London Gold Fixing?
The London gold fixing is the internationally accepted process for determining gold prices. Conducted twice daily by five fixing member banks, the

Controversy and Critics of the London Gold Fix
While most market pricing benchmarks are now determined electronically, the London gold fixing remains staunchly ensconced in tradition.

Copper Prices 2014
The copper prices listed below are based on the daily cash buyer contract prices settled at the LME averaged for each month during 2014.

Gold Prices 2013
The London bullion market is the preeminent, international over-the-counter market for the wholesale trading of gold and silver. Below are monthly averages of the London morning gold fix:

Zinc Prices 2014
The prices listed below are based on the daily cash buyer contract prices settled at the LME averaged for each month.

Aluminum Prices 2014
Aluminum (aluminium) contracts did not begin trading on the London Metal Exchange until 1978. The prices listed below are based on the daily cash buyer contract prices settled at the LME averaged for each month.

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