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Silver Prices Today Could Slip on Jobs Numbers

Precious Metals News: Silver prices today could slip if the December jobs report comes in higher than expected.

Silver prices traded in tight range Thursday ending the day a touch higher, up $0.076, or 0.31%, at $19.61 an ounce. But the price of silver fell Wednesday after strong ADP data. The ADP report showed 238,000 jobs were added in December, above the 200,000 expected. The U.S. dollar index edged higher following the ADP report, and metals were clipped.

After a solid start this year, silver prices have since slipped...

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How to Invest in Gold in 2014

Money Morning Defense & Tech Specialist Michael A. Robinson appeared on FOX Business' "Varney & Co." Tuesday to discuss with viewers how to invest in gold in 2014.

Host Stuart Varney points out that gold prices fell more than 30% in 2013. Varney predicts that investors are looking ahead for answers when it comes to gold in 2014.

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The Fight for This Obscure Copper Mine in Peru Is Your First Major Buy Signal

Most of the world isn't watching.

But they should be.

When you have giant private equity firms heatedly bidding on a copper mine, that's huge news by itself…

Add in China – the world's biggest commodities consumer, responsible for 40% of the world's copper demand – vying for the same mine, and you could be looking at an explosive spike in copper… and, of course, in the companies that get it out of the ground.

First, here's what's going on...

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Silver Set to Double, According to… Apple?

We all have our reasons for following Apple. I track it because this tech behemoth is a massive global consumer of metals – base, rare earth, and precious.

And right now, Apple is giving us some surprising indications that the demand for silver is much higher than its current price would have us believe.

Here's how the rumors flew...

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Gold Prices Down This Week, But Big Money Stays Invested

It's been another painful week for the precious metal amid what's been one tough year for gold bulls.

Gold futures ticked up Friday, following a two-day dip that left gold prices at levels not seen since early summer.

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Gold's Shocking New "Pick and Shovel" Play

Ever since humans realized the intrinsic value of gold, we've constantly searched for – and perfected – ways to find more.

From early methods like panning and trenching, to lode prospectors hunting for rock outcrops and veins, to the invention of drill bits…

In modern times, we use increasingly sophisticated tools and techniques, such as seismic sensors, magnetometry, and gravimetrics to help locate potential gold deposits.

But, after thousands of years of digging for gold, the low-hanging fruit's already been picked. Most remaining deposits are becoming increasingly difficult to find, and increasingly low grade.

Now, a surprising, brand-new gold prospecting tool may be in the offing – one that's far less technologically demanding, and much less invasive.

It seems nature itself has found a way to extract gold from the ground.

Take a look at this picture...

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Investing in Platinum: Demand to Hit Record High in 2013

Industrial firms, Wall Street hedge funds, and any big money investing in platinum anxiously await Johnson Matthey's semi-annual review of the platinum industry – and they got incredibly interesting reading in the group's most recent report, released Tuesday.

In its Platinum 2013 Interim Review, Johnson Matthey said the platinum market this year is moving toward a supply and demand deficit of 605,000 ounces – the largest deficit since 1999. That's up from a 340,000-ounce shortfall in 2012.

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Gold News: China Poised to Overtake India as Biggest Gold Consumer

The latest gold news out of China is yet another bullish development for investing in the yellow metal…

Increasing gold demand in China has put the Asian nation on track to become the world's biggest consumer of the precious metal.

According to the World Gold Council, China's gold consumption is on pace to increase to a record 1,000 tons this year, up 29% year over year, surpassing India as the leading global user of gold.

Imagine what this will do to the price of gold over the next few years...

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"Democratize" Gold and Give the Government a Black Eye

We all know that, so long as the Fed keeps the printing presses on, the risk of a worldwide currency crisis gets even higher.

Gold, of course, is the timeless hedge here – for all the reasons you and I know.

But are we truly prepared for a currency crisis?

Much of the gold in the United States is owned by big institutions: the Treasury, the Federal Reserve, and bullion banks. So, if a currency crisis hits, their 8,900-ton hoard won't do us a bit of good.

But there is one country whose "democratic" approach to gold ownership will allow its people to survive a currency crisis, literally, in fine style.

Not only that, but this country's people are giving their government a whopping black eye for its heavy-handed ways in the process.

Here's what's going on there...

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Make a "Precious" Exception for This $4 Stock

You know exactly where I stand on gold, and what my stance is on silver.

You know I'm bullish on palladium, too. And platinum.

But metals don't have to be shiny or precious to make you money.

Indeed, the only "precious" thing about the metal I'm recommending today is its profit potential.

It's huge.

And Mick Davis knows it...