Silver prices were rising 26 cents to $19.56 while copper was down 2 cents to $3.18. Silver was maintaining its appeal as the "poor man's gold" as investors bought the metal as a cheaper alternative to four-digit gold prices. Copper was largely left out of the precious metal rally as concerns over slowing spending in China weighed on demand for the precious meal.
Gold stocks, a more risky but more profitable way to invest in gold, were mixed after their big rally Tuesday. Barrick Gold (ABX - Get Report) was down 0.48% to $45.66 while Newmont Mining (NEM - Get Report) was up almost 1% to $58.72. Other large-cap miners Kinross Gold (KGC - Get Report) and Goldcorp (GG - Get Report) were trading at $19.24 and $46.19, respectively.
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