Here's an update on some interesting funds launched in 2010.
Take advantage of the lull, because the metal has yet to peak.
With agriculture and emerging markets, investors hope to capitalize on themes that worked well in 2010.
Expect controversy in gold funds and a comeback of leveraged funds, among other shifts, in the year ahead.
With a new year just a few trading days away, a few promising sectors stand out.
The metal's price has skyrocketed 28% this year, and one trader owns a huge chunk of it.
The mining-equipment maker beats expectations and raises guidance.
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It will benefit big time from rising natural gas prices and the shale boom, pays a generous dividend, and is a bargain compared to its peers.
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