UBS takes top metals spot

UBS has won top spot in this year's metals poll, pushing last year's winner, Barclays Capital, into second place. Goldman Sachs finishes in third position and HSBC in fourth, in a year characterised by volatile metal prices. By Mark Pengelly, with research from Xiao-Long Chen

UBS has topped the metals categories in this year's commodity rankings, taking 12.3% of the vote overall. The Swiss bank leapfrogged three places from last year's fourth spot, pushing the winner of the 2006 metal survey, Barclays Capital, into second position with 11.6% of the vote. HSBC once again dominated the gold and silver categories, while Japan-based trading company Mitsui Global Precious Metals retained its stranglehold over the platinum and palladium markets.

It's been a rollercoaster

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