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%.

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 ( SLW) and Southern Copper ( PCU) 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!

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