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Top Materials Stocks of 2012: Agnico-Eagle Mines (No. 5)

Agnico-Eagle Mines (NYSE: AEM  ) is up nearly 50% year to date after a strong third quarter. While the company does explore for and mine silver, zinc, and copper, gold is really the core of its business. Despite silver, zinc, and copper prices selling below their 2011 levels, gold has seen its price rise over the course of 2012 which has really helped drive AEM's earnings. In this video, Motley Fool materials analyst Taylor Muckerman discusses what projects this company has coming up in the next couple of years, and why it might be a pricey stock to buy into at the moment compared to some of its peers.

One of those peers is Goldcorp, a leading player in the gold mining market. For the last several years, investors have been the beneficiaries of several successful acquisitions and strong organic growth. Goldcorp's low-cost production of one of the most sought-after metals in the world continues to make them an attractive choice for long-term investors. Click here for our detailed report to discover more about this mining specialist.


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Taylor Muckerman
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Taylor is an Associate GM in our Fool International operations. Prior to that he covered all things Energy + Materials as an analyst. Over the years, he has built an investing skill set to rely on when evaluating companies inside and out. While at the Fool, he has made appearances on CNBC and Fox Business. In addition, he completed his MBA at the University of Maryland and will sit for the Level II CFA Exam.

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