It is no secret that precious metals companies have been taking a pounding for some time now. The SPDR Gold Trust (NYSEMKT:GLD) and iShares Silver Trust (NYSEMKT:SLV), the gold and silver ETFs, have been hard hit and operating companies like First Majestic (NYSE:AG) and Barrick Gold (NYSE:ABX) have been hit even harder. Through all of these struggles, and in some cases because of them, one precious metals company continues to look attractive for the long term: Silver Wheaton (NYSE:SLW).

In the video below, Fool.com contributor Doug Ehrman discusses several reasons why Silver Wheaton continues to be worth the consideration of most investors.

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