China apparently has just as much influence over the price of gold and silver as it does steel and coal. After data showed the country purchased more gold during the first half of the year than in 2012, the price of both metals realized positive gains, which have eluded investors for most of 2013. Silver reached levels not seen since May. Unfortunately, not all metals got caught up in the swell. Copper producers felt very little in the way of stock appreciation, with major producers such as Southern Copper (NYSE:SCCO) basically flat-lining over the past five trading days.
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