What are the most precious commodites, elements, and goods of the year? A highly unscientific analysis


DATA: Bloomberg, Amazon.com

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What are the most precious commodites, elements, and goods of the year? A highly unscientific analysis


DATA: Bloomberg, Amazon.com

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The Essentials of 2010...By Weight

The Essentials of 2010... By Weight
The Essentials of 2010... By Weight

What are the most precious commodites, elements, and goods of the year? A highly unscientific analysis


DATA: Bloomberg, Amazon.com

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Gold
Gold
Price per pound: $20,241.67

Gold, the haven of choice for the risk-averse, gained nearly 30 percent.
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Palladium
Palladium
Price per pound: $10,685.21

Investors cured of the gold bug should try palladium, which hit a nine-year high in October
Bloomberg
Scandium, Lutetium, Holmium, Dysprosium and Erbium
Scandium, Lutetium, Holmium, Dysprosium and Erbium
Price per pound: Scandium: $7,484.27; Lutetium: $589.67; Holmium: $272.16; Dysprosium: $170.10; Erbium: $58.97

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Conan O'Brien
Conan O'Brien
Stand-up ticket: $3,950

Imagine the service fees if Ticketmaster sold Conan tickets by the pound.
Jeff Kravitz
Terbium
Terbium
Price per pound: $1,179.34

Terbium is used to manufacture the screens in nearly every smartphone
Chris Sutcliffe
iPad
iPad
Price per pound: $332.67
Call of Duty: Black Ops
Call of Duty: Black Ops
Price per pound: $330.98
Squinkies
Squinkies
Price per pound: $63.27

The tiny collectibles made of squishy plastic are a hot holiday buy
Neodymium
Neodymium
Price per pound: $36.29

Nearly all rare earth metals, including neodymium, essential to hard-drive magnets, are mined in China, which temporarily halted exports this fall
Alamy
Nissan Leaf
Nissan Leaf
Price per pound: $9.74
Nissan
Autobiography of Mark Twain
Autobiography of Mark Twain
Price per pound: $5.34

Volume 1 of Twain’s autobiography is 100 years old, 760 pages long, and sold out on Amazon.com
Bloomberg
Four Loko
Four Loko
Price per Pound: $2.12
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Rubber
Rubber
Price per Pound: $2.12
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Coffee
Coffee
Price per Pound: $2.03
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Orange Juice
Orange Juice
Price per Pound: $1.53
Bloomberg
Cotton
Cotton
Price per Pound: $1.37
Bloomberg
Cocoa
Cocoa
Price per Pound: $1.34

A London hedge fund manager known as Chocolate Finger made a huge purchase—enough to make 5 billion chocolate bars—in July, causing prices to spike
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Live Cattle
Live Cattle
Price per Pound: $1.07
Bloomberg
Pork Bellies
Pork Bellies
Price per Pound: $1.05
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Palm Oil
Palm Oil
Price per Pound: $0.62
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Wheat
Wheat

Price per Pound: $0.12


Russia banned exports after a withering drought damaged crops.
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