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Mining and metals stocks were among the best performers Monday as commodity prices such as gold, copper, silver, palladium and platinum finished higher on the day.

Gold futures rose past $896 an ounce, and the

SPDR Gold Shares

(GLD)

, an exchange-traded fund backed by bullion, was higher by 1.7%.

AngloGold Ashanti

(AU)

was the leader in the sector, adding roughly 6%. Other top gainers included a 5.2% climb in shares of

Rio Tinto

(RTP)

,

IAMGold

(IAG)

with a gain of 4.1%,

BHP Billiton

(BHP)

with an increase of 4%, and

Freeport-McMoRan

(FCX)

and

Gold Fields

(GFI)

, both rising 3.6%.

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Among small-cap mining concerns,

Taseko Mines

(TGB)

was surging 12.9%,

Century Aluminum

(CENX)

climbed 12.2%, and

Hecla Mining

(HL)

was gaining 9%.

Other silver and copper names were also rallying.

Silver Wheaton

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and

Southern Copper

(PCU)

were both jumping 5.8%.

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