Precious Metals

Precious metals markets are witnessing a slight pullback, but their long-term outlook remains positive as far as I’m concerned. Pullbacks in the prices of the precious metals are simply buying opportunities for me. My two favorite precious metals—gold and silver—have marginally declined in price over the past few…

Gold bugs are feeling the pain, as precious metals continue with their slower-economic-growth correction. As well, the prospect of action on the Europe debt crisis is tempering the marketplace’s appetite for gold futures. My view is that gold and silver continue to represent some of the most attractive…

It’s pretty difficult to get enthusiastic about the stock market with sentiment so focused on the sovereign debt situation inGreece. Even in the face of solid earnings expectations for the third quarter, investors are looking into the future and seeing slow economic growth, translating into slower earnings. It’s…

There have been a lot of mergers and acquisitions in the mining industry lately and the consolidation is only going to increase with gold over $1,800 an ounce and silver over $40.00. The buying and selling of entire companies adds to the attractiveness of the mining sector, with…

I view the stock market’s recent trading action as impressive. The S&P 500 Index has clawed its way back up to the 1,200 level, which is technically significant. Just last year, the index (and others) broke down after a strong run and then recovered meaningfully. While the past…

One of the best things you can do as a serious equity investor is to review big stock market winners, even if you didn’t own them. It’s the same thing that professional athletes do. A golfer will review past golf tournaments. A race car driver will watch old…

Thank goodness for the spot price of gold. This is the one sector of the stock market (and global economy) that’s flourishing within all the turmoil. Not only are the fundamentals for gold very strong, but they are actually improving, as price inflation is going up in the…

If you want to know what’s happening in the inflation department, all you have to do is go down to your local baker and he or she will tell you that the price of raw ingredients is getting a lot more expensive. There is price inflation out there…

The S&P 500 Index has broken solidly below 1,200, and the trading action is the correction that the market’s required. I’d like the trading action to spread to commodities so investors could have another entry point. I think 1,150 seems likely on the S&P 500 index and an…

In this market, I want to be a bottom-feeder. I do not want to pay for growth. What I want instead is a real deal; a solid value. If you want to find some attractive trades in this market, I suggest you screen for stocks that are very…

It doesn't really matter what’s happening in the broader market. If you own gold or silver, you're a very happy investor. I think gold will run to $1,500 an ounce, perhaps by the end of the year. With investment risk high in equities and yields low in bonds,…

The spot price of gold always gets the headlines, but equally as impressive has been the price spot performance of silver. The two metals tend to trade commensurately, but some of the most impressive capital gains in the stock market recently have been in silver resource companies. One…

By Mitchell Clark, B.Comm. — Ahead of the Street column There are a lot of new financings taking place in the junior mining industry and this sector is hotter than you think. With gold, silver and copper prices relatively strong, it's a great time to be involved in…

— "Ahead of the Street Column," by Mitchell Clark, B. Comm. In the investment community, there's growing interest in the agricultural sector. Not only does this sector benefit in an inflationary environment, but also many investors (myself included) feel that the commodity price cycle has yet to play…

— "Ahead of the Street" Column, by Mitchell Clark, B. Comm. If you're an investor in individual stocks, you know that you're taking a risk with your capital. You are, in effect, making a bet on a business' ability to generate earnings. You can crunch all the numbers…

With a significant correction in stock prices comes opportunity for those with the resources and time horizon to invest. There are many market sectors that have really been beat up lately and they are worth following from now on. I continue to believe in the commodity price cycle…

For a lot of companies out there, it isn't the end of the world. I have to say that I'm fairly impressed by some third-quarter earnings results by some big companies in the marketplace. IBM reported decent numbers, as did P&G and Kraft. Even Kellogg's generated a 12%…

Remember the Chinese company I just wrote about in this column? It's called Shengdatech, Inc. (NASDAQ/SDTH) and I think the company will become a great success over the next few years. The chemical business is often an industry that individual investors ignore; not on purpose mind you, but…