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Endeavour Silver led the winners' list last week, up 19.6%.
Precious metals showed relative strength last week, pushing New Gold and Brigus Gold up 14.9% and 12.3%, respectively, last week.
Yamana Gold advanced 12.2%.
Walter Energy gained 11.2%, after an upgrade at FBR.
The Johannesburg-based fourth-largest producer of precious metals,
Gold Fields(GFI), climbed 10.8% after posting 15% net profit growth during the second quarter, buoyed by rallying gold prices and higher production.
Agnico-Eagle Mines(AEM) rose 11%,
Eldorado Gold (XOM) gained 10.5%,
Silver Wheaton(SLW) boosted 9.2%,
Stillwater Mining(SWC) moved up 8.9% and
Alexco Resource (AXU) piled 8.9%.
Barrick Gold (ABX) rose 1% as it seeks to invest $50 million to fully realize the copper reserve wealth at its Lumwana Mine in Solwezi.
Goldcorp(GG) advanced 7.8% after declaring its eighth monthly dividend payment of 3.4 cents per share for 2011.
MAG Silver (MVG),
Harmony Gold Mining(HMY) and
US Gold (UXG) racked up average gains of 6%.
Compania de Minas Buenaventura (BVN) increased 5.7% last week. The company has received necessary permits from Peru's Energy and Mining Ministry to start metallurgical operations at Tantahuatay.
James River Coal declined 14.9%, topping the losers pack after Brean Murray downgraded the stock from buy to hold.
Westmoreland Coal erased 13.5% last week.
ArcelorMittal dived 10.7% after a blast furnace failed at its New Castle facility in South Africa,
Yanzhou Coal Mining, Mechel and Gold Reserve wiped out an average 10% each.
Other laggards included
Platinum Group Metals(WMT) (-8.6%) and
Solitario Exploration & Royalty (XPL) (- 8.5%).
Kaiser Aluminum (KALU),
Aluminum Corp. of China(ACH),
United States Steel (X),
Steel Dynamics(STLD) and
Schnitzer Steel Industries(SCHN) shed around 5.8% to 7.3%, on average.