It's been minimal since the 2008 crash. Job insecurity at home and low global demand for goods and services are keeping price pressures at bay.
IBM, Caterpillar and 3M contribute the most to the Dow's 118% gain since the March 2009 market bottom. Only one Dow stock is lower since then: Hewlett-Packard.
2013 will be a good year for stocks, and particularly strong for gold and silver.
Given the cost cutting that lumber companies have done in the past 2 years, any price boost should fall directly to their bottom lines.
These 4 stocks and 2 ETFs will benefit from rising commodity prices.
Recent drought and inflationary pressures hold back profits -- a warning sign for other stocks
Most investors in the precious metal should avoid ETFs and focus instead on these picks.
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