A strong US dollar has pushed down most commodity prices this week with gold, silver and oil posting losses. Copper prices were up slightly on the news.
Shares increased in Australia by 0.3 percent as firms exposed to the US market benefited from a declining Australian dollar.
The Alternative Investment Market (AIM) in London was up 1.92 points, at 727.14, on May 17.
Gold – Healthy US retail sales figures boosted the US dollar this week and dragged gold down.
Gold – Japanese investors are selling yen to purchase foreign bonds, which is pushing up the value of the dollar and lowering the price of gold.
Silver – Silver prices declined for much of the week, but today's uptick has some experts thinking that improvement is on the way.
Copper – Copper prices are up on the London exchange supported by a weak dollar and better-than-expected economic data from Japan.
Oil – Not all the shale plays are created equal, and one in particular is bucking the trend with robust economics and company share prices that show it. But is it too late to buy in? Fund Manager Josh Young doesn't think so, and he sat down with The Energy Report to discuss the hottest (and coldest) North American shale plays. Read on to find out where he's finding bargains that could pay off handsomely.
The Association for Mineral Exploration BC believes that the BC Liberals' victory is positive for the province's mining industry.
Uranium – Uranium Investing News had a chance to talk to CEO Dev Randhawa about the company and the uranium market.