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Mineral Sands Boom in Australia; Best 2011 Stock

Mineral diggersAustralia’s best performing stock this year, is the mineral sand miner Iluka Resources which has seen shares jump nearly five-fold in the past 17 months. Iluka Resources is a mining company involved in the mining and processing of titanium based and zircon products. The company was formed in July 1998, in a merger between Westralian Sands and the titanium mineral business of Renison Goldfields Consolidated. Iluka Resources mines heavy mineral s...

Greek debt crisis is Europe's 'Lehman Moment'

Greek CrisisPolitical chaos and riots across Greece stoked fear today, of a massive overhaul within the current Greek government as well as ousting the incumbent Prime Minister George Papandreou. This chain of political events stems from the exact economic policies and key measures which have been set in place to combat the financial crisis of 2008-2009 and the credit crunch of 2007-2008, which brought the entire world to its knees. ...

Learn To Trade Palladium: What You Need To Know

PalladiumBelieve it or not, but platinum and palladium are the most widely used of the six platinum metal groups by consumers and manufacturers in today’s economy.  Many short-term investors, speculators, and institutional day traders do not take it upon themselves to thoroughly understand where the actual industrial and consumer use of platinum and palladium takes its place in our societies around the globe, as these well-known precious metals groups are especially valued in the manufacturing world for their catalytic functions, their conductivity, and t...

China Seeks to Increase Control in Rare Earth Business

China EconomyChina’s exports of rare-earth metals in the first five months of 2011, fell 8.8% year-on-year as prices of rare earth minerals more than doubled in the past two weeks as tightening measures in China weigh on mining, production, and exports according to market researcher Industrial Minerals. Exports of the metals, which are used in technology applications ranging from music players to missile systems, fell to 23,742 metric tons in the January to May period, customs data supplied by Hong Kong-bas...
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STOCK Act advances in the Senate

(CBS) - In a move aimed at improving transparency and voter confidence in Congress, the Senate on Monday voted to advance a bill to stop so-called "congressional insider trading." By a vote of 93 to 2, the Senate agreed to proceed with debate on the Stop Trading On Congressional Knowledge,...

Dan Gilbert buys Federal Reserve building in Detroit

(Detroit Free Press) - Quicken Loans founder and Chairman Dan Gilbert announced his purchase of one building and celebrated the grand reopening of a second Monday as he continued his campaign to turn downtown Detroit into a digital entrepreneurial hub. Gilbert told reporters that his Rock ...

Freddie Mac Bets Against American Homeowners

(ProPublica) - Freddie Mac, the taxpayer-owned mortgage giant, has placed multibillion-dollar bets that pay off if homeowners stay trapped in expensive mortgages with interest rates well above current rates. Freddie began increasing these bets dramatically in late 2010, the same time that ...

Wall Street ends off lows, suggesting resilience

(Reuters) - Stocks edged lower on Monday on stalled Greek debt talks, but an afternoon rally cut losses in a sign of the underlying resilience the market has shown early in the year. Major indexes had fallen more than 1 percent as negotiations b...
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US HOT STOCKS: Hologic, Align Tech Active In Late Trading

(Wall Street Journal) - U.S. stocks closed lower Monday as the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 6.7 points to 12654, the Standard & Poor's 500-stock index declined 3.3 points to 1313, and the Nasdaq Composite Index dropped 4.6 points to 2812. Among the companies whose shares are actively tra...

Fed survey finds US banks tightening standards on loans to European banks

(AP) WASHINGTON — A Federal Reserve survey has found that more than half of U.S. banks that lend to European banks have tightened their standards, a reflection of the persistent European debt crisis. Of the 26 U.S. banks surveyed that make loans to European banks, five said they had ...

BlackBerry Under Siege in Europe

(New York Times) - The iPhone has taken a big bite out of the BlackBerry in a market where the older phone once dominated: business customers in North America. Meanwhile, in Europe, Samsung is poised to do the same to Research in Motion, BlackBerry&...

Volcker Rule Stirs Up Opposition Overseas

(Dealbook) DAVOS, Switzerland — Usually, it is the banks that are fighting efforts to impose new regulations on the industry. Now, it is foreign governments fighting against bank regulations in the United States. In the halls of last week’s annual meeting of the World Econ...
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