natural resources

Slackening Copper Demand in China Hurts Commodities Investors

Many small investors have recently piled into commodities, especially copper, on the assumption that ever-growing demand from developing countries would keep sending prices skyward. Now they are learning a drop in demand is also possible, and prices have been plummeting.

Potash Sinks After Canada Rejects BHP Billiton Bid

Shares of Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan were down in morning trading Thursday after Canada provisionally blocked BHP Billiton's bid to buy the company, and it appears unlikely that the government, focused on protecting national assets and natural resources, will change its mind later.

Will Peruvian Politics Shake Mining and Energy Investments?

Political upsets in Peruvian regional elections could indicate a national shift to the left -- and some business leaders worry that could discourage foreign investment in the country, which has rich natural resources such as oil, gas and gold.

Why Dividend Hunters Have MLPs in Their Sights

The big attraction is tax-favored dividends. MLPs can be generous because they don't have to pay federal income taxes if they pay out most of their cash flow to shareholders. Many MLPs now annually pay in the 6% to 10% range. But, alas, they're not for everyone.