The top five gainers on the TSX Venture Exchange last week were Laurentian Goldfields, Flinders Resources, Silvermet, TerraX Minerals and Regulus Resources.
Rare Earth – Some experts see the December 2013 execution of Jang Sung-taek, uncle of Kim Jong-un, North Korea's supreme leader, as a move that may halt the exploitation of the nation's rare earth elements.
Tungsten – W Resources is working on starting production at its La Parrilla tailings project in Southwest Spain.
Today's US jobs data pushed precious metals down, but gave Brent crude a boost. Meanwhile, copper sank this morning on the back of a bond default.
The Australian Securities Exchange closed at 5,462.3 points today, up 16.4 points from the previous session. The gain was caused by stronger-than-expected local economic data.
The Alternative Investment Market in London fell 1.5 points, or 0.17 percent, to hit 895.77 points.
Iron – Poor Chinese steel demand dragged iron ore prices to an eight-month low this week. Meanwhile, Mexico made headlines on Monday by cracking down on the Knights Templar gang, which has been smuggling iron ore in the state of Michoacán.
Potash – It might be awhile before the market sees a potash industry recovery. However, according to a special report from TD Economics, the road to recovery exists somewhere amidst the haze of uncertainty.
Diamond – Diamond Investing News spoke with Ira Weissman of Truth About Diamonds about who — if anyone — should be buying diamonds.
Palladium – Strikes at the operations of South Africa's major platinum miners, along with the news that the United States is prepared to enact trade sanctions on Russia, pushed palladium to an 11-month high yesterday.