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

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

AngloGold Ashanti

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

Rio Tinto




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with a gain of 4.1%,

BHP Billiton

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with an increase of 4%, and


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Gold Fields

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, both rising 3.6%.

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Among small-cap mining concerns,

Taseko Mines

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was surging 12.9%,

Century Aluminum

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climbed 12.2%, and

Hecla Mining

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was gaining 9%.

Other silver and copper names were also rallying.

Silver Wheaton



Southern Copper


were both jumping 5.8%. Ratings, recently cited for Best Stock Selection from October 2007 through February 2009 , is an independent research provider that combines fundamental and technical analysis to offer investors tremendous value in volatile times. To see how your portfolio can use this research, click here now!