Demand for the two metals is growing while mining supply declines.
The Energy Department's conditional approval of liquefied natural gas exports could provide benefits for American energy, engineering and construction companies.
A falling yen and stronger Japanese economy help share prices of the automaker to their highest levels in years.
The Japanese currency fell to its lowest level against the U.S. dollar in years. Stocks in Tokyo, meanwhile, push past the 15,000 mark for the first time in over five years.
Increasing occupancy rates helped the company sport a nice earnings surprise.
The greenback jumps to its highest level against the Japanese currency in over four years on Thursday, thanks in part to a postive U.S. jobless claims report.
The healthcare company's strong earnings report was eclipsed by news of a standstill agreement with Berkshire Hathaway.
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