As we close out 2012, energy and materials analyst Taylor Muckerman looks back on some of the top large-capitalization materials stocks that performed admirably for their shareholders. In this installment, he covers Nos. 10 and 9. Watch the video below to find out what had Southern Copper (NYSE: SCCO ) and Silver Wheaton (NYSE: SLW ) near the top of the charts in 2012 -- and if that momentum will continue throughout 2013.
If you are looking for a company whose success is determined by the metals market, but without involving itself in the risks of physically mining the metals, then Silver Wheaton provides a unique play on the future of silver. SLW chooses to finance the mining of silver; it has grown sales and net income every year since 2008, and also has increased competitive advantages over its limited peer group. More details about our outlook for Silver Wheaton can be found here in our Motley Fool analyst report.