Metals indexes give precious performance

It has been a good start to the year for industrial and precious metals, reflecting increasing optimism towards commodities. ETF providers have responded to bullish sentiments with the launch of both broad commodity- and sector-targeted funds

Precious and industrial metals make good returns in 2012

Industrial and precious metals have boasted strong returns at the start of 2012, exemplifying a surge in confidence towards commodities this year. The S&P GSCI Precious Metals index was up 13.46% year to date, with industrial metals following closely with an increase of 9.37%.

These results show a marked difference to 2011, during which industrial metals declined 22.33% and were the worst-performing commodity sector, according to the S&P GSCI Industrial Metals index.

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